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How should you wear your pearl jewellery?

Pearl jewellery is one of the only types of jewellery that really works on almost any occasion. Pearls have a natural elegance about them and can be used to dress up or dress down. When you wear pearl jewellery, you’ll both look fantastic and feel it too.

When and Where Should You Wear Pearls?

Weddings are a perfect event to show off a brilliant pearl necklace. Pearls have traditionally been used as bridal jewellery for more than 3000 years and they remain an extremely popular choice for both brides and wedding guests.

Pearl jewellery evokes images of confidence, sophistication and splendour which makes it a great option if you’re trying to work out what jewellery to wear in the workplace. Wearing a tasteful and discrete pearl necklace or pearl earrings when you attend a job interview or business meeting will not only make you stand out and appear more sophisticated, it will also improve your confidence.

That being said, a pearl necklace isn’t only for formal occasions. When you dress down, it can look funky and fun, making perfect for casual get-togethers like picnics and film-going or just settling down for a nice cup of tea with a friend. Pearl jewellery goes surprisingly well with jeans for a casual, yet sophisticated look.

How Can You Wear Your Pearls?

There are no specific rules for wearing pearls. They’re some of the most adaptable gems in the world. They work well with a wide range of styles and clothing options and it really comes down to personal taste. However, there are some generally agreed on guidelines for wearing pearl necklaces. Largely, it depends on the size of the necklace. Collars and chokers look great with plunging necklines and off-the-shoulder or spaghetti strap fashions. A princess necklace, measuring around 16-20 inches in length, works well with high or low necklines. It’s an extremely versatile and easy to wear style.

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Rihanna wearing some amazing long strand necklaces.

For more glamorous and trendy fashions, the opera necklace or the extended pearl rope is best. They look sleek and stylish with formal wear but also add a playful and funky touch to more casual outfits. Long necklaces can be doubled over to make an elegant multiple strand look or tied in a knot at the end to give a touch of vintage, old Hollywood glamour.

What Other Jewellery Should You Wear with Your Pearls?

Pairing accessories with a pearl necklace can seem a little challenging. Since pearls are so distinctive, it can seem that it’s very tricky to find something that goes with them, but this isn’t the case. For formal occasions, you can always just double up on the pearls. Simple designs like stud or drop earrings allow the colour, shape and lustre of the gems to take centre stage.

Another option is to pair a pearl necklace with gemstones. Just bear in mind that it’s important to keep the designs low-key and subtle. Otherwise, the overall effect can look tacky. Diamond jewellery is probably the easiest to wear with pearls, although brightly coloured jewels can add some great variation. It’s best to go for gems that closely match the shades of your clothes, and again, go for simplicity like classy single-stone or cluster stud earrings.

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Scarlett knows how to match.

As for metals, your best choice will largely depend on the colour and variety of pearls. In most cases, gold goes well with pearl necklaces, especially white, cream and yellow pearls. A gold bracelet or ring makes a perfect partner for a strand of pearls.

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The Origins of the Pearls In Your Pearl Jewellery (Repost)

We’ve previously talked about the difference between natural pearls and cultured pearls, explained how pearls are formed and even gone into detail about what makes a pearl valuable. This time, we’re going to discuss the different types of pearls in terms of their origins, to help you better understand what goes into making Orchira’s fantastic pearl jewellery.

Akoya Pearls

Considered the ‘classic’ pearl, Akoya pearls are cultured (artificially made by humans) and are usually round, though they can be semi-round, baroque and semi-baroque. In terms of colour, they’re usually white, and are what most people see when they think of pearls. Akoya pearls date back to early 20th century Japan, but nowadays the vast majority of Akoya pearls come from China. Akoya pearls are saltwater pearls, meaning they are cultured in oysters that live in saltwater. The pearls can range from 2mm to 10mm, with average sizes ranging from 6.5-8.5mm.

Akoya Pearls

White South Sea Pearls

White South Sea pearls are generally larger than Akoya pearls, with their minimum size at between 8mm and 9mm, their average size is roughly 10-15mm and they can reach up to a (comparatively) huge 21mm. White South Sea pearls are found in the tropical saltwaters of Northern Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Generally, Australian White South Sea pearls are considered to be the best source from these areas in terms of quality. The three most common shapes for White South Sea pearls are round, semi-round and button.

Gold South Sea Pearls

Gold South Sea pearls are almost identical to White South Sea pearls, except, as the name suggests, they are golden in colour rather than white. They even come from the same genus of oyster that produces the White South Sea pearls and as a result are found in the same sizes and shapes.

Tahitian Pearls

Tahitian pearls are relatively new in the pearl marketplace, compared to other types of pearls; they’ve only been harvested since 1971. Their colours include black, silver and peacock green. However, despite being referred to as ‘black’ the pearls are very rarely pure black, and are more often colours such as dark silver and grey. They range in size from 9mm to 18mm. As their name suggests, Tahitian pearls are harvested from Tahiti and the surrounding islands in French Polynesia. As a result of the conserved and protected atolls in the area, there is abundant space for oyster farming, which makes gathering Tahitian pearls much easier and cheaper than, for example, White South Sea pearls.

Tahitian Pearls

Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater pearls are some of the oldest and most varied types of pearl in the world, with the earliest recorded mention of pearls being harvested in China back in 2206BC. China remains the largest supplier of Freshwater pearls, as well as having improved drastically on the quality of Freshwater pearls available. Previously, Freshwater pearls were often not round, and instead were shaped more like rice seeds. However, recent advances in Freshwater pearl cultivation mean that Freshwater pearls can now come out being almost indistinguishable from the more costly Saltwater pearls. Freshwater pearls can range from 1mm seed pearls up to 16mm in size. They also have one of the widest colour palettes of all pearls, including natural pink, peach, purple, white and golden. Freshwater pearls are extremely good value when compared to other types of pearl, and indeed, due to how they’re made, they tend to have more nacre and less risk of abrasions and chipping than other pearls.

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Orchira specialises in 100% authentic cultured pearls, thanks to their value, exquisite aesthetic and durability. We have an excellent selection of pearl jewellery available, including pearl necklaces, pearls bracelets, pearl rings and pearl earrings.

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The Queen of Pearl Jewellery: Angelina Jolie

Since we’ve spent the last couple of weeks showing some fantastic celebs in their pearl jewellery, we decided this week to focus on just one: Angelina Jolie. The undisputed Queen of pearl jewellery, she always manages to look both stylish and classy.

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Here’s Angelina in some beautiful pearl drop earrings, showing off her radiant style. If you want some amazing pearl earrings like this, then check out the huge range on our website.

Whether she’s in white…

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Angelina wearing 3 stunning classic single strand pearl necklaces, as well as some gorgeous pearl stud earrings.

Or black…

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A gorgeous single strand black pearl necklace and stunning black pearl stud earrings. You know you want some.

… She never fails to look outstanding.

Regardless of what type of pearl jewellery you’re looking for, whether it’s a stunning pearl necklace, jewellery that draws the eye of everyone in the room, a fantastic pearl wedding jewellery set or just a pair of gorgeous pearl earrings, you can get it and much, much more from our website. You can rest assured that we never sell faux pearl jewellery, and all of our freshwater cultured pearls are guaranteed to be 100% authentic.

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More celebrity pearl jewellery? Why not.

Last week we showed you some fantastic celebrities in pearls which were so popular, we dicided to show you some more! Like we said before, the appeal of the pearl is timeless and as such, pearl jewellery will never go out of fashion.

First up, here’s Natalie Portman looking sublimely beautiful as usual…

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Left: Natalie looks stunning in beautiful multi strand pearl necklace. If you want a similar look, try our Winona’s Party necklace. Right: To replicate these gorgeous pieces, check out our Amazing Grace Gold and Snow White necklaces!

 

Next, the fantastically adorable Ellen Page, who goes for a slightly more subtle choice of a simple but elegant pearl necklace.

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Simple, yet stylish. For a great necklace like this, why not have a look at our Quintuplets?

That’s all well and good, but what if you want the sophisticated appeal of some wonderful pearl earrings to accentuate your undoubtedly beautiful face? Perhaps like those worn here by the exquisitely beautiful Kat Dennings? Or the incredible Angelina Jolie?

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Left: Angelina Jolie looks sharp with a pair of beautiful pearl drop earrings. Get your own with our Heart of Aegean. Right: The irresistible Kat Dennings wears stunning studs and drops, which you can do too with our Glowing Glory and Transcended Elegance pearl earrings!

 

If none of these take your fancy, then why not look at some of the amazing pearl jewellery sets worn by Rihanna…

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There’s just too many amazing pieces of pearl jewellery to count here, so why not just choose your favourite from our collections of Multi Strand Pearl Necklaces and Pearl Earrings?

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Again, Rihanna shows how it’s done with style with plenty of gorgeous pearl necklaces to choose from. Why not check out our vast collection and prepare to be amazed.

Regardless of what type of pearl jewellery you’re looking for, whether it’s a stunning pearl necklace, jewellery that draws the eye of everyone in the room, a fantastic pearl wedding jewellery set or just a pair of gorgeous pearl earrings, you can get it and much, much more from our website. You can rest assured that we never sell faux pearl jewellery, and all of our freshwater cultured pearls are guaranteed to be 100% authentic.

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Celebrity Pearl Jewellery? Yes please.

Pearls are, we maintain, forever fashionable. It’s perfectly easy to see with just a glance at celebrities on the red carpet, as so many of them wear beautiful pearl jewellery. Whether they’re wearing pearl costume jewellery or mother of pearl jewellery they look incredible.

Take Emma Watson, for example. She hardly needs help to look stunningly sophisticated, but her penchant for pearl earrings doesn’t hurt!

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Left: Emma wears some simple, lustrous pearl earrings. For studs like this, try our Snowbell. Right: Emma shows off her great drop earrings, much like our own Icelander.

Another fantastic emissary for humanity can be found in the form of Scarlett Johansson. It is arguably thanks to her that pearls have recently come back into the limelight so much, because of her appearance in the 2003 film Girl with a Pearl Earring. Therefore, it really shouldn’t be much of a surprise when she wears fantastic pearl jewellery sets in her daily life.

Scarlett Johansson Pearl Necklace

Left: With her hair short, Scarlett looks stunning in a single strand pearl necklace, which you can emulate with our As A Star. Right: Scarlett dazzles with a beautiful classic style pearl necklace. For your own classic, try Jacqueline’s Favourite.

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Scarlett looking absolutely stunning at the premier of Girl with a Pearl Earring. Ironically, she’s not wearing any pearl earrings, but she does have a beautiful multi strand pearl necklace, just like our Maison Blanche.

And what about the beautiful vintage pearl jewellery look, shown off here by the captivating Liv Tyler:

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With so many pearls to choose from, it’s no wonder Liv looks so gorgeous! If you want a stunning pearl bracelet like her, then check out our Princess Helena. Or, if it’s a gorgeous multi-strand necklace you’re after, then L’Opera de Paris might be just the thing for you.

Regardless of what type of pearl jewellery you’re looking for, whether it’s a stunning pearl necklace, jewellery that draws the eye of everyone in the room, a fantastic pearl wedding jewellery set or just a pair of gorgeous pearl earrings, you can get it and much, much more from our website. You can rest assured that we never sell faux pearl jewellery, and all of our freshwater cultured pearls are guaranteed to be 100% authentic.

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The Origins of the Pearls In Your Pearl Jewellery

We’ve previously talked about the difference between natural pearls and cultured pearls, explained how pearls are formed and even gone into detail about what makes a pearl valuable. This time, we’re going to discuss the different types of pearls in terms of their origins, to help you better understand what goes into making Orchira’s fantastic pearl jewellery.

Akoya Pearls

Considered the ‘classic’ pearl, Akoya pearls are cultured (artificially made by humans) and are usually round, though they can be semi-round, baroque and semi-baroque. In terms of colour, they’re usually white, and are what most people see when they think of pearls. Akoya pearls date back to early 20th century Japan, but nowadays the vast majority of Akoya pearls come from China. Akoya pearls are saltwater pearls, meaning they are cultured in oysters that live in saltwater. The pearls can range from 2mm to 10mm, with average sizes ranging from 6.5-8.5mm.

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An example of Akoya pearls

White South Sea Pearls

White South Sea pearls are generally larger than Akoya pearls, with their minimum size at between 8mm and 9mm, their average size is roughly 10-15mm and they can reach up to a (comparatively) huge 21mm. White South Sea pearls are found in the tropical saltwaters of Northern Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Generally, Australian White South Sea pearls are considered to be the best source from these areas in terms of quality. The three most common shapes for White South Sea pearls are round, semi-round and button.

Gold South Sea Pearls

Gold South Sea pearls are almost identical to White South Sea pearls, except, as the name suggests, they are golden in colour rather than white. They even come from the same genus of oyster that produces the White South Sea pearls and as a result are found in the same sizes and shapes.

Tahitian Pearls

Tahitian pearls are relatively new in the pearl marketplace, compared to other types of pearls; they’ve only been harvested since 1971. Their colours include black, silver and peacock green. However, despite being referred to as ‘black’ the pearls are very rarely pure black, and are more often colours such as dark silver and grey. They range in size from 9mm to 18mm. As their name suggests, Tahitian pearls are harvested from Tahiti and the surrounding islands in French Polynesia. As a result of the conserved and protected atolls in the area, there is abundant space for oyster farming, which makes gathering Tahitian pearls much easier and cheaper than, for example, White South Sea pearls.

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Some Tahitian pearls.

Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater pearls are some of the oldest and most varied types of pearl in the world, with the earliest recorded mention of pearls being harvested in China back in 2206BC. China remains the largest supplier of Freshwater pearls, as well as having improved drastically on the quality of Freshwater pearls available. Previously, Freshwater pearls were often not round, and instead were shaped more like rice seeds. However, recent advances in Freshwater pearl cultivation mean that Freshwater pearls can now come out being almost indistinguishable from the more costly Saltwater pearls. Freshwater pearls can range from 1mm seed pearls up to 16mm in size. They also have one of the widest colour palettes of all pearls, including natural pink, peach, purple, white and golden. Freshwater pearls are extremely good value when compared to other types of pearl, and indeed, due to how they’re made, they tend to have more nacre and less risk of abrasions and chipping than other pearls.

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A beautiful pearl necklace from Orchira, made with Freshwater pearls.

Orchira specialises in 100% authentic cultured pearls, thanks to their value, exquisite aesthetic and durability. We have an excellent selection of pearl jewellery available, including pearl necklaces, pearls bracelets, pearl rings and pearl earrings.

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Understanding Pearls: Where Does Your Pearl Jewellery Come From?

A lot of people have an image in their heads of what a pearl looks like, but you may be surprised at the amount of diversity within the name. Pearls are created organically; they grow inside Molluscs, specifically some of those in the Bivalvia class, which includes clams, oysters, cockles, mussels and scallops. They are formed by layers of calcium carbonate, which builds up into nacre, a natural, lustrous substance which is the ‘heart’ of the pearl.

Pearls can either be natural or cultured pearls, both of which form in oysters naturally. When an external irritant like a grain of sand finds its way into the oyster, the animal creates layers of nacre to protect itself and coat whatever has breached its shell. This eventually leads to the pearl itself being formed. The main difference between natural and cultured pearls is that natural ones form their shape and lustre, unsurprisingly, totally naturally. Cultured pearls on the other hand are helped by humans, who insert tiny beads, pieces of mantle tissue (clam flesh) or similar in order to artificially cause the oyster to produce nacre. Using beads to produce the pearl can cause the coating of nacre to become thinner, and thus fade over time. The reason that natural pearls of the same shape and size as cultured pearls are so much more expensive is simply because they’re rarer; the relative ease with which cultured pearls are made makes them much better value than natural ones.

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The vast majority of pearl jewellery on the market is made from cultured pearls, regardless of their specific origin. Natural pearls are very rare on the market nowadays and many of the ones that are there are of very low quality. There are several different classifications for the origins of pearls (which we will discuss another time), but for now we will look at how pearls are evaluated, according to the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).

There are 7 ‘Value Factors’ that affect how valuable a pearl is, so bear these in mind next time you go shopping for a pearl necklace!

 

Size: Pearls are measured in millimetres, and while you might expect a larger pearl to be worth more than a smaller one, this is not always the case, as it is perfectly possible to find large, low-quality pearls, or small but very high quality ones. This is because the smallest pearls require miniscule holes drilled in them, which is extremely delicate and potentially wasteful work, leading to small pearls potentially being very expensive. In general, size relies mostly on the other factors in terms of how it affects the price of pearls.

Shape: When people think of pearls, they usually think of them as being round, but there are plenty of shapes that pearls can be, including: round, near round, oval, button, drop, semi-baroque and baroque. Regardless of its shape, if a pearl is symmetrical, it will be more valuable than one that is not.

Colour: Colour is fairly self-explanatory, but there are some less obvious things to consider. There’s the pearl’s dominant body colour, the overtone, any colours that seem to reside inside the pearl and even colour changes when the pearl is moved in the light. Fresh water pearls, which are Orchira’s specialty, have the widest range of possible colours, ranging from a natural pink, to purple, peach, white or even gold.

Lustre: The lustre of a pearl is the intensity of the light reflected from the surface or just under the surface of the pearl. High lustre will make a pearl shine and gleam, whereas low lustre will make it dull. Naturally, high lustre pearls are more valuable.

Surface: A completely ‘clean’ pearl (one without any irregularities such as abrasions, bumps, chips, cracks and so on), is very rare. Therefore, the ‘cleaner’ a pearl’s surface, the more it is worth.

Nacre: The thickness of the nacre that forms the pearl is also important, as those with thicker nacre are more durable and generally have higher lustre, thus making them more valuable.

Matching: Finally, if multiple pearls are together in a pearl necklace or similar, the uniformity of their appearance is referred to as matching.

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We hope that this brief introduction into the world of pearls has helped you get a better understanding of what makes a pearl. Given the wide variety of beautiful pearls, it can be quite daunting for buyers, especially if they don’t know what a lot of the terms mean. Now that you know better, why not check out our fantastic selection of pearl jewellery?

The new Miss World 2011 is crowned to Miss Venezuela

South America is definitely the hot spot this year, the Miss Universe 2011 grande finale was held in Brazil (Miss Brazil was also the runner up to the title), and this year’s Miss World is crowned to Miss Venezuela, Miss Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares.

Number two and number three are Miss Pueto Rico and Miss Philippines, both in red gowns.

The final was held in Earls Court, London, curiously every finalists ribbon banners are printed with both English and Chinese titles.

This year’s Miss World showcased the world the pageant competition is not just about beauty, but also about brain. Half of finalists are studying a degree, 1/4 hold a graduate degree, half can speak at least three languages. Nowadays the beauty pagaents are also heavily involved in charity works so there is a meaning behind it.

We are very proud to see Orchira‘s brand image Alize Mounter, the finalist of Miss Universe GB  2011, representing Miss England for Miss World 2011, along with Miss Scotland Jennifer Reoch has triumphed top seven among 80 beauties around the world. Alize Mounter’s images are shown across all Orchira jewellery brand’s marketing material including website, lookbook and brand brochures.

 

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Kate Winslet at Emmy’s, and her new boy friend Ned Rocknroll

Kate Winslet appeared on red carpet at Emmy’s with bright red dress, glowing with love as she was reported “falling madly in love” with her new boy friend Ned Rocknroll, the nephew of tycoon Richard Brandson (even the beard look looks stunningly similar to Richard Brandson).

33 year old Ned recently seperated from 23 year old society heiress Eliza, is declared to be “the ONE” by Kate and talks of marriage is going on.

Kate Winslet is famed for her classic, elegant look from Titanic, her dresses on red carpets are also mostly complimented by media alike. Her stunning black and white curvy Stella McCartney dress teamed with stunning diamond and pearl earrings and pearl bracelet, is just an example.

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