Ruling the ramp
The pearls have garnered a lot of attention on the ramp and the comeback happened in 2009, when jewellery designer Camille Miceli experimented with them for a Dior show. Her double-pearl Dior Tribales earrings became a signature look for all the affluently stylish women.
Another designer who reinvented pearl for the ramp was Mizuki Goltz, who paired them with leather, gold lacquer and diamonds. With the international innovation of pearl taking lead, Indian jewellers also started experimenting in a huge way.
Natural shape pearls are ruling the market
Though they never went out of fashion, baroque pears are back with a band for their fluidic nature. They are shapeless, non spherical and break away from the shackles of shapely jewellery that meets the social conformity.
Jewellery designer Abha Sirohi feels baroque pearls have gained popularity as modern women want to break rules, even when it comes to their jewellery. “Who said pearls have to be spherical only? There is beauty in imperfection and jewellery lovers understand that today,” explains Singh.
Pearls are eternal
Neety Singh, Founder and designer of Neety Singh Jewellery thinks the reinvention has a lot to do with the versatility of pearls. “One may think of wearing pearls for a formal event but I feel pearls are the most versatile gemstones that one can wear at all times. In my designs, I play with pearls in necklaces, chandbalas, rings and always try to give them a day to night look. I love using natural pearls to string a choker or a pendant necklace. For an elegant look for lunch or dinner date, one can pair my NSJ South Sea Pearl studs with a polki bauble set in rose cut diamonds. It’s minimal and sophisticated. To keep it casual and statement, one can go for my favourite ruby, polki and pearl hoops. One can never go wrong with hoops.”
Experimentation has paid off
Karan Jindal, Director, Jindal Jewellers feels a handful of contemporary jewellers can be credited with reinventing the perception of pearls for a new demographic of luxury consumers with their daring, audacious, often experimental jewels. “This is happening in order to break away from the stereotypes and go beyond them by creating new ways of using pearls in jewellery and coordinating precious jewels with a ready-to-wear mindset. Throughout history pearls have been, and continue to be, one of the most precious and desirable gems in the world. The way in which they are used, however, has evolved greatly from the classical designs to the millennials experimenting with contemporary customised creations,” says Jindal.
Pearl comes close to diamond jewellery
While some of you may still consider it to be a cheaper option, pearl has come a long way and carved a niche for itself in the fine jewellery range, thanks to jewellery innovators. “The rarity of pearls has always been of prime importance since ancient times. In older days, royalty valued them above all the other gems. Pearl jewellery today has become the new diamond jewellery and has become a trendsetter amongst the fashionistas all across the world. Over the years, we have seen pearl jewellery also making its way on the runway with jewellery designers showcasing their creation to everyone. Today, the conventional view of pearl jewellery as an old-school has completely changed and the younger generation of today feels confident in wearing these classic pearls to parties and night-outs,” claims Raunak Parekh, Managing Director, Parekh Ornaments.
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