Pigtown Design: Put on Your Pearls, Girls!

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To quote the divine Lulu Guinness… And if you love pearls like I do, then the V&A Museum in London is the place to be for their pearl for the next several months.

While gemstones go in and out of fashion (think pink diamonds), pearls have managed to be both classic and contemporary for centuries. Which is just about the span of the jewelry shown at the V&A. Examples go back to the Roman Empire.

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Did you know that the colour of a pearl is dictated by their shells, which range in shades from white to pistachio green, pink, gold and aubergine?

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French brooch of natural brown pearls, with platinum and diamonds, made in 1900

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The Rosebery pearl and diamond tiara was made in London around 1878 and belonged to Lady Rosebery, famed for her collection of jewels. It reportedly sold at Christie’s in 2011 for more than £1m.

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This 1930s Cartier necklace features natural Gulf pearls and platinum and diamond clasps

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London jeweler Geoffrey Rowlandson designed and made Grand Jeté from gold, diamonds and two cultured baroque pearls

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Do you have pearls? Do you wear them? For me, it’s yes to both!

Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.


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