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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!

Emma Watson Pearl Earrings

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.

Scarlett Johansson Pearl Necklace

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:

Live Tyler Pearl Jewellery

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.


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.

Orchira Pearl Necklace

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.

Orchira Emerald Pearl Necklace

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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The Duchess of Cambridge – Catherine Middleton’s high street shopping spree

The Duchess of Cambridge is a very elegant young lady with her own right, although she is a really down to earth girl, like high street fashions just like every girl at her age. She recently enjoyed a shopping trip to Topshop’s Kensington flagship store, picked up a blue short jacket with black velvet trim, a dark green pencil skirt with polka dots and a pair of feather earring drops.

Kate Middleton

She was low key and casual, a Topshop staff said.

The Duchess of Cambridge bound to be the best fashion icon/idol for British brands, as everything she bought are sold out instantly. This blue boucle jacket was sold out on Topshop’s website, the skirt and earrings are sold out as well reported by Daily Mail. Same for her famous blue Issa jersey wrap engagement dress. All the jewellery she wears are also sought after by many and copy styles are sold in millions. Especially the diamond and blue sapphire ring, the diamond acron earring drop and gold charm bracelet.

She certainly helps the British economy a big deal.

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Lanvin Resort 2012

Looking at Lanvin Resort collection 2012, it’s stunningly ghostly. Using mostly grey, white, neutral colour palette, the collection is in strong contrast with other brands’ statement of vibrant colours. Fine tassels, fringes and luxurious drape material are the birth mark of Lanvin resort 2012.

Lanvin’s distinctive chic style makes it top choice for celebrities and Hollywood red carpet appearances, the famous look of Katherine Heigl wearing a nude chiffon Lanvin cocktail dress with chunky multi strand pearl necklace was marked by media as a classic look. Below is another gorgeous photo of Katherine Heigl wearing Lanvin black dress with a strand of large black pearl necklace.

Pearl jewellery seems to be the best accessory for Lanvin dresses and clothing, the classy look compliments perfectly the chic sleek quirky style of Lanvin designs.

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The World of Fine jewellery – Piaget, Van Cleef Arpels..

The world of fine jewellery is built on heritage, craftsmanship, prestigious and the class and taste of its clientele. Originally reserved privilege of the Royals and Aristocrats, now more seen worn by top celebrities, Hollywood A List stars, footballers/wives and nouveau riches. Piaget diamond watches and fine jewellery win hearts by its classy yet glamorous designs and unbeatable craftsmanship.

Van Cleef and Arpels’ sophisitcated designs, choices of stones and intricate setting are always the most covetable.

Bvlgari’s signature designs are vibrant coloured gemstones set into sophisticated designs. No matter how beautiful this type of designs are(I love it!), most people who want to spend money on a piece of high class jewellery still go for simpler easy to wear styles, after all even the Hollywood stars only get that many red carpet functions to wear them, let alone those with less celebrity lifestyles. That’s why we see more simple, clean, easy to wear gold and silver designs appearing from this glamourous brand. Hope those designs will help this brand come out of its financial difficulty.

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Top looks from London Fashion week 2012 – Part II

From the runway 2012 SS London Fashion week, we can certainly spot some confirmed trends going forward:

1. The strong presence of sequences, beaded embroidery are still very much on the horizon

2. Fine thread fringes, the glamour portrayed from 1920’s are coming back, a big time

3. Metallic fabric is strong trend, so is the vibrant coloured Art and Craft print, like wearing Van Gogh and Picasso on the go!

As of jewellery, apart from the chunky metal and crystal statement necklaces and bangles, pearl jewellery is still very strong on the scene as the draping dresses are best complimented by the glamour of strings of pearl necklaces (think about Rio de Janeiro 1920’s ladies look).

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