Forget the idea pearls are for grandmothers, conservative First Ladies and things of the past. Pearls are back in a big way! With refreshingly minimalist styles and concept-based designs, these pearls are for everyone of all age.
Jewelry made with pearls used to be much sought-after before the 1980s. However by the late 80s, its market demand has decreased due to over-production, for example, in South Asian regions where there is an abundance of farms that culture their own pearls.
Recently, jewelry companies in Japan and in Europe are resuscitating the dropped market demand for pearls. Their designers are working passionately to refresh and update designs to suit the life-styles of modern women.
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One company that has been turning out up-to-date and minimalist styles of pearl jewelry is this Japanese company called Tasaki.
Japan is a country geographically close to the sea, and Tasaki is reviving her long tradition of culturing precious pearls. On their website, here is even a guide to assessing the quality of pearls by brilliance, shape, color and etc. This puts their pearls on the level playing field with precious stones such as diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, etc.
Some of their new designs incorporate the use of diamonds. But in these, the stones serve to accentuate the pearl rather than being the center piece.
Another brand that produces superb pearl jewelry is Annoushka. This London-based jeweler is founded by Annoushka Ducas, whose design mission is to make versatile pieces that are comfortable enough to wear to glamorous parties as well as with your favorite jeans. Her designs are inspired by fables and fairytales from her Russian heritage. The brand has been seen on Rihanna, Angelina Jolie and Kate Middleton. So you see? Pearl are cool again, thanks to the new designers.
Additionally, you may be wondering what you should wear with these pearl jewelry, I have a few suggestions.