Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but pearls are her first choice! Natural or cultured, round or baroque, large or small, freshwater or seed, pearls come in every colour from white to gold, black to silver, and pink, grey and green too, and they are the easiest of accessories. Think Coco Chanel, think pearls!
Given by Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor for Valentine’s Day
The most unforgettable pearl must be La Peregrina, if only for its association with those two icons of the silver screen, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. It was given by King Philip of Spain to his wife, Mary Tudor, who passed it on to Elizabeth I who wore it among her many other necklaces in the famous portrait in the National Gallery.
When Philip IV of Spain asked the merchant Gogibus “How have you ventured to put all your fortune into such a small object?” he replied “Because I knew there was a king of Spain to buy it of me.”
The pear-shaped Gogibus Pearl was brought to Spain in 1620 from the West Indies. As no match could be found, it was mounted as a button in the royal cap. After the king’s death the pearl disappeared, but was offered for sale in 2010 on a website based in Bristol.
The Hope Pearl
The baroque pear-shaped Hope Pearl is an exceptionally large saltwater natural pearl which ranges in colour from pure white at the top to blue-green at the bottom. It belonged to nineteenth-century gem collector and Anglo-Dutch banker Henry Philip Hope, who also owned the Hope Diamond, and is now in a private collection.
Seven strands of perfectly matched natural pearls
And then there is the Baroda Pearl Necklace, owned for generations by the royal house of Baroda, India, but after Indian independence, the necklace disappeared. In 2007, Christie’s auctioned a two-strand necklace of 68 graduated natural pearls, approximately 9.47 to 16.04mm, which realised US7,096,000. The whereabouts of the remaining strands remains a mystery.
Do you like pearls?
“Why wear one string when you can wear two?” Coco Chanel asked. If you are looking for pearls then visit Karen Lindley at Diamonds by Design and look at her fine array of pearl necklaces, pendants and earrings in every size, shape and colour. Think Sydney for custom-designed and made modern pearl jewellery. And contact Karen to see the best.
Image Source: Christie’s