Gemstones & Pearls:New Products
No longer the domain of department stores and low-end specialty shops,
freshwater pearls get a fresh look from designers who capitalize on their
unusual shapes and colors
Perhaps nowhere is Mother Nature more creative than with freshwater pearls.
These gems can be formed accidentally in freshwater mussels or deliberately
by inserting clam tissue into the mussel to promote the secretion of nacre,
which forms the pearl. Either way, a wide range of colors and shapes results.
Whether by nature or nurture, these pearls encourage original design that
flows with fresh texture, style and appeal.
by Lorraine M. Suermann
|Simone Studios' Art Nouveau-style squid earrings featuring wing-shaped natural
American freshwater pearls. Keystone, $1,900.|
Simone Studios, Fort Myers, FL; (941) 939-5975.
|Mississippi Pearl Jewelry Co. surrounds a black Keshi pearl with white freshwater
pearl buttons in this 18k ring with a diamond accent. Suggested retail,
Mississippi Pearl Jewelry Co., Big Pine Key, FL; (305) 872-4717, fax (305)
|Byard F. Brogan Inc. weaves cultured freshwater pearls into a collar necklace
and drop earrings. Suggested retail, $252 (collar) and $82.80 (earrings).|
Byard F. Brogan Inc., Glenside, PA; (800) 232-7642 or (215) 885-3550, fax
(800) 232-7644, www.bfbrogan.com.
|Pacific Pearl's 36-in. strands of rice, flat, oval and lentil-shaped freshwater
pearls in white, irradiated gray, purple and salmon can be worn in combination
as a choker and twist styles using shorteners. Suggested retail, $20-$90
Pacific Pearls, Mill Valley, CA; (415) 383-3978.
|One-of-a-kind bunny features a cultured freshwater pearl body with a ruby
eye in 18k gold. Keystone, $14,000.|
A&Z Pearls Inc., Los Angeles, CA; (800) PEARLS 2 or (213) 627-3030.
|Barbara Berk's freshwater pearl necklace features a 22k and 18k gold ribbon
Barbara Berk Designs, Foster City, CA; (650) 349-4137, fax (650) 349-4042,
|Shogun Trading Co. twists eight strands of freshwater cultured pearls for
this necklace with a 14k clasp. Keystone, $150.|
Shogun Trading Co., Harrison, NY; (800) 458-8004 or (914) 381-1414, fax
|Eva Seid uses elongated natural American freshwater pearls, round pearls
and 18k gold to create "Fishstick" earrings with a French wire
backing. Suggested retail, $475.|
Eva Seid, New York, NY; (212) 825-1984.
|Erica Courtney's freshwater pearl necklace makes a statement in pink. Suggested
Erica Courtney Inc., Los Angeles, CA; (213) 938-2373.
|American Pearl Co.'s cultured Domé pearl earrings (top) are enclosed
in a high-polish bezel with amethyst jackets. Suggested retail, $765 (earrings),
$525 (jackets). The cultured FanciShape "coin" pearl earrings
with 14k brushed gold bezels feature tourmaline jackets for a burst of color
(bottom). Suggested retail, $675 (earrings), $585 (jackets).|
American Pearl Co., Nashville, TN; (615) 350- 6600, fax (615) 350-8522.
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