Coco Chanel pearls

Pearls and Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel pearls

We love pearls.
The lady who epitomised elegance in pearls is Coco Chanel.  As once observed by Christian Dior, Mademoiselle Chanel revolutionised the way we dress with a black sweater and ten rows of pearls!

 

A PASSION FOR PEARLS PARTY

Mosman Grove Pearl Party

I was delighted to be invited to hold A Passion for Pearls Party at Aveo Mosman Grove for all the lovely ladies who are resident at this retirement village.

 

It was a fun morning for them and I enjoyed getting to know the residents, having fun with them, giving a talk on freshwater cultured pearls, and joining them for morning tea!  Here’s a lovely write up in their newsletter:

 

http://www.aveo.com.au/news/news-archive/303-aveo-mosman-grove/
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A Passion for Pearls at Aveo Mosman Grove

 

If you would like A Passion for Pearls to come to you for a pearls party, email jane@apassionforpearls.com or call Jane on 0403 810 756.
AP4P HANNAH WEDDING

Wedding Pearls – A Passion for Pearls

There’s nothing nicer than when a happy customer sends me photos of her wearing A Passion for Pearls.  I have to share this beautiful photo of Hannah who recently got married and sent me this stunningly beautiful of her and her husband on their wedding day!
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Congratulations to Hannah and her husband – you make such an amazing couple!   THANK YOU for sharing your happy day with us!
Big hugs from Jane at A Passion for Pearls xxxxxx
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Put on your Pearls, Girls!

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A you a Pearl Girl?  There’s been so much emphasis on ‘bling’ the past few years and now I sense a return to manners and classy style. And what better way to demonstrate this than pearls? Pearls are the very antithesis of bling: subtle and understated, and so flattering to the complexion.

 

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Pearls have undergone a rise in popularity after the launch of the movie, The Great Gatsby and Fashion labels like Chanel and Thakoon featuring them in their 2014 collections.   Pearl Farms in China now produce some truly stunning freshwater pearls in a huge variety of sizes, shapes and colours, and there is the steady production of classic South Sea, Tahitian and Akoya pearls elsewhere.

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Nearly all pearls now available are cultured pearls. The majority of pearls are grown in China, where some stunningly lustrous and huge pearls as well as perfect whites grow in freshwater mussels.

 

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Most people think of 8mm round white pearls when they think of pearls; the sort of necklace that parents give you on your 21st birthday or might remind you of your grandmother.   Not so any more!

 

 

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Black freshwater pearl necklace 11-12mm

 

Pearls can be found is so many amazing designs now!  Big 15mm round pearls, dripping in luscious lustrous nacre in natural shades of lavender, pink, peach, apricot and white.  There are pearls with wrinkled skin and patches of colour like someone has applied gold leaf to them. There are perfect round pearls with lustre so bright that the reflection is stunning.  Chinese pearl farm skills have grown exponentially, with the quality of the pearls beyond anything contemplated only a few years ago.

 

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Black freshwater pearl necklace 9-10mm

 

Highly skilled Japanese entrepreneur, Mikimoto, developed the first commercial pearl farms in the 1930s and founded the firm which still bears his name and which is synonymous with Mikimoto Pearls.   The two other classic types of pearl are Tahitian black pearls, which aren’t black and which aren’t from Tahiti (they tend to be dark green and are mainly from French Polynesia).  These pearls range from dark green, through shades of green, aubergines, purples, chocolate browns, to startling blues and come from the Black Oyster.  And then the most expensive pearls of all tend to be the South Sea pearls from Australia (think of Pas Paley Pearls) and Thailand, in shades from deep gold to white.  Then there is A Passion for Pearls where you will find beautiful freshwater cultured pearls in classic designs as well as fun and edgy pearl necklaces, bracelets and earrings designed with leather and pearls to suit all tastes!

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The top tip for choosing pearls is not to focus on what will match an outfit. The pearls that you will love the most will be the pearls that sing out when placed against your skin. For pale skins often lavender shades look best.  For darker skin light peach shades and white look amazing because of the contrast while blondes look great with black pearls or pale pinkish pearls that are so delicate on their skin.

 

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Set of 10 pearl bracelets

 

Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend; I believe women of substance wear pearls!

 

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Pets in Pearls Calendar 2014

Support the Animal Welfare League NSW and enjoy these wonderful photos of dogs, cats, horses, birds and guinea pigs in pearls all year long!  Our fabulous customers have been having fun dressing up their pets in pearls and submitting photos on to our Facebook Pearls site!

To get your copy of A Passion for Pearls Pearly Pets Calendar just Click Here

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Pearly Pets Calendar 2014 Cover Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Azreal, one of our Pearly Pets!

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Pearly Pets Calendar 2014 Back Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see all of our beautiful Pearly Pet entries visit our Pearly Pets Hall of Fame 2013!

 

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Cultured Pearls, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has a fabulous exhibition about cultured pearls from September 2013 – 19 January 2014.

 

Their amazing video shows the fascinating history of cultured pearls, incredible stories and how the love of pearls grew over the ages.

 

This is a must for all who have a Passion for Pearls.  To view the video click here and simply enjoy the pleasure!
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History of Pearls from the Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Clean Your Pearls

I’m often asked how pearls should be cleaned so as not to affect their natural lustre. Here are the simple instructions:

 

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Simply wipe them gently using a soft, clean cloth dampened with warm water.  If you wish you can add a drop of white spirit in with the warm water, nothing else!  Never use any soap, jewellery cleaning products, or brushes, as they will damage your pearls. 

 

Always clean your jewels with a soft cloth each time you wear them and keep your pearls separate from your metal jewellery, preferably in their own soft jewellery pouch and they will give you years of joy when you wear them.  The natural lustre of pearls will always enhance your beauty!

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your pearls, I’d love to hear from you!  Send me an email: jane@apassionforpearls.com

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PEARLS OF WISDOM

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Wearing pearls is said to bring out the best qualities in a person. Honesty, integrity, purity, and intelligence are prized among all cultures and the pearl can enhance these good qualities in any person.
Have a look at our beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings on this website!