Professional Jeweler Archive: Freshen Up

January 2001

Gemstones & Pearls/New Products

Freshen Up

Unusual shapes and delicious colors lend freshwater cultured pearls unique texture, style and appeal

Chinese freshwater cultured pearls continue to experience runaway popularity. It’s no wonder, because improved culturing processes allow these once-humble pearls to mirror classic akoyas. Quantity, high quality and affordable prices combine to make them attractive to everyone – from supplier to retailer to consumer.

The Chinese pearls are available in natural white, pink, lavender, peach, apricot and beige. Peach, lavender and apricot hold the most interest for consumers, as do mixed-color strands.

The most popular designs are woven chokers and collars, drop earrings and multistrand necklaces and bracelets.

– Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

From the Milan collection, this multi-strand freshwater cultured pearl necklace features an 18k gold clasp. Suggested retail, $1,695.

Greta Garbo Designs, Mill Valley, CA; (415) 392-5676, fax (415) 392-5677.

Necklace comprises three strands of freshwater cultured pearls and a 14k gold clasp. Suggested retail, $260.

Delmar, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; (514) 875-4800, fax (514) 875-5356.

Sheva Branchot 15-in. choker has seven strands of freshwater cultured pearls, 22k gold stations and a clasp set with 4.50 carats of citrines, 1.50 carats of pink tourmalines and four freshwater cultured coin pearls. Suggested retail, $4,455.

Neshama, Los Angeles, CA; (310) 446-0623, fax (310) 446-6623.

Freshwater cultured pearl strands are
held together by a platinum paisley clasp with 1.74 carats of full-cut diamonds. Suggested retail, $9,400.

Suna Bros. Inc., New York City; (212) 869-5670, fax (212) 869-5922.

Pendant and earring ensemble is crafted in sterling silver with freshwater cultured pearl accents. Suggested retail, $65 for pendant, $50 for earrings.

Frederic Duclos, Huntington Beach, CA; (714) 898-3636, fax (714) 897-7963.

Sonata sterling silver chain mail necklace features a freshwater cultured coin pearl in its center. Suggested retail, $315.

Allison Stern, San Francisco, CA; (415) 252-0303, fax (415) 252-9518.

Each 18k gold earring has an omega clip back, a 3mm faceted blue topaz and white freshwater cultured pearls. Suggested retail, $750.

Denise Wood Designs, Darien, CT; (203) 655-0523, fax (203) 656-1053.

14k gold ring is set with a 14mm peach freshwater cultured pearl. Suggested retail, $470.

Mazza/Bartholomew, New York City; (212) 935-4530, fax (212) 355-7801.

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