Miami Residents Seek Time-Honored, Timeless Pearls

pearl-turquoise-diamond-earringsPearls have always popular with celebrities, royalty, and wealthy families in Europe, Russia and the United States. Historically there was a strong preference for all white pearl jewelry with diamond designs or diamond accents among pearl lovers.

Simon Henderson, Master jeweler of Kailis Australian Pearls, says a new trend is developing – a trend towards baroque pearls with the most desirable color being a high-luster white with pink tinges. “It almost glows,” Henderson says. “Customers are becoming more and more educated about pearls, they want a pearl with high luster and less marks.”

Fashion trendsetter and designer icon, Coco Chanel changed forever the way in which pearls were worn by pairing them with casual clothing and mixing natural and imitation pearls together in necklaces and thick cuff bracelets.

Ancient Greeks believed pearls brought love and so favored wearing them at weddings. Romans esteemed pearls as a symbol of wealth and prestige. Cleopatra reputedly boasted to Marc Anthony she could create the most expensive dish in the world, and placed a pearl in a cup of wine. Legend reveals the acid in the wine dissolved the pearl and Cleopatra drank the liquid, thereby proving her claim.

Harvesting of Natural Pearls a Painstaking and Dangerous Task

Before the 20th century, harvesting pearls was not an easy undertaking. Free divers (divers without scuba gear or air tanks) would retrieve the oysters found on the ocean floor or riverbed. Pearls had reached a peak of popularity by the beginning of the 20th century, but unfortunately the demand exceeded the supply. In addition, increasing industrialization and pollution was taking a toll on many of the world’s natural pearl-producing oyster beds. Natural pearl production experienced a steep decline.

Creating Cultured Pearls in Japan

Because of the huge demand for pearls, creative answers resulted in an entirely new branch within the pearl industry – cultured pearls. Although cultured pearls had been produced in China as far back as 400 AD, in 1893 Japanese scientist Kokichi Mikimoto pioneered commercial cultivation by introducing particles of mantle into oyster shells, changing forever the course of pearl production.

Mikimoto spent more than 12 years of trial and error cultivating the pearls until he produced the first spherical pearls completely indistinguishable from natural pearls. Within a few years of his breakthrough these cultured pearls were recognized as high quality, unique and prize gems. Mikimoto was responsible for 75 percent of the world’s production of cultured pearls in the mid-20th century. Mikimoto died at 97 happily knowing he had achieved his dream of making real pearl jewelry accessible to the masses.

Like all fashion trends, pearls have had their ups and downs in terms of popularity. In the 1970’s and 80’s pearls had lost a little luster and fashion footing being thought of only as a wedding day accent or something your mother or grandmother would wear. However, the innovative Australian Sea Pearl Industry restored pearls to their proper place of classic eloquence and popularity.

Australian Pearls

Nicholas Paspaley established Australia’s first pearl farm in 1956 in Western Australia, and Paspaley Pearls is now Australia’s largest producer of high quality pearls, supplying companies such as Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston and Cartier.

Autore South Sea Pearls selling around 600,000 pearls a year caters to the younger, more adventurous audience. Autore partnered with Ian Thorpe in 2002 to develop a unisex, yet contemporary jewelry collection featuring high luster pearls.

Australian South Sea Pearls, which are not colored or bleached, are generally larger than pearls from other places and, thus, can command higher prices. A South Sea Pearl necklace sold at Sotheby’s in New York in 1992 for $2.3 million USD, setting a world auction record.

Jackie Abraham Jewelers Knows Pearls

Whether you are in the market to buy or to sell, we are your number one pearl consultant in the Bay Harbor Island area. We service clients throughout the area by offering a complete and thorough appraisal of your fine pearl, gold or diamond jewelry. We brand our business with our name and have been a solid member of the local community for decades. All transactions are completely confidential and private. Serving our client needs with integrity and honesty is our number one priority.

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Miami, the 42nd largest city proper in the United States, has a total population of 408,568 as of the 2010 US census. It is the seventh most populous and the fourth-largest urban area in the United States. The city is located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and is the county seat of Miami-Dade County. It is also tagged as the major center and the leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, arts, entertainment and the international trade of Florida. It is also classified as the Alpha-World city by the World Cities Study Group inventory.

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Did you know that…

  • People of all cultures, ever since ancient times, have used jewelry for personal adornments, badges of social or official rank and as emblems of religious, social, or political affiliation.