Professional Jeweler Archive: Going for Baroque

July 2001

Gemstones & Pearls/New Products


Going for Baroque

The imaginative use of baroque pearls can turn a jewelry collection into a whimsical menagerie


Asymmetrical free-formed baroque pearls come in many shapes, colors and types, including akoya, Tahitian, South Sea and freshwater.

The variety of shapes can take jewelry design in new directions. They can become the bodies of birds, fish and animals. In Renaissance jewelry, they were embellished with enamel, complementing the rainbow of available colors. And throughout history, they’ve been used as drops on magnificently decorative pendants.

Turn your jewelry display into a whimsical menagerie by including dogs whose tails are tipped with white pearls, tropical fish with pearl bodies and exotic birds with pearl bellies and beaks. There’s something for every customer where baroque pearls are concerned.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

Black Tahitian cultured pearl necklace features an 18k white gold diamond clasp. Suggested retail, $6,000. The baroque dragonfly enhancer/pin is 18k white gold with 0.40 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $2,790.

Mazza/Bartholomew Ltd., New York City; (800) 255-2409 or (212) 935-4530, fax (212) 355-7801.

Gemdrop slide pendant holds a baroque cultured pearl and 1.20 carat of diamond pavé in 18k gold. It hangs from an 18k woven chain. Suggested retail, $2,400 for the Gemdrop, $2,200 for the slide.

Barbara Westwood Designs, Monument, CO; (719) 488-8083, fax (719) 488-1173.

Photo by Sky Hall

The top strand features black Tahitian cultured pearls separated by 14k gold beads ($2,300 suggested retail). The middle strand comprises gray cultured pearls and ruby beads ($2,000). The bottom strand has white cultured pearls and ruby beads ($1,000).

Shogun Pearl, Harrison, NY; (800) 458-8004, fax (914) 381-7235.

Platinum and 18k gold choker features a 4mm South Sea cultured keshi pearl drop. Suggested retail, $1,635.

Sasha Samuels, Portland, OR; (503) 232-5422, fax (503) 232-4965.

Photo by Ralph Garbriner

Necklace has baroque South Sea cultured pearls ranging from 10mm to 12.9mm. Suggested retail, $12,600.

Dillon Pearl Corp., New York City; (888) 869-6831, fax (212) 869-1721.

16-in. strand of gray baroque akoya cultured pearls features a handmade 18k gold clasp. Suggested retail, $1,600.

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

Multicolored freshwater cultured pearl strands are twisted and fastened with a 14k gold clasp. Each pearl is top-drilled. Suggested retail, $299.99.

Skalet Fine Jewelry, Chicago, IL; (800) 621-0696, fax (800) 345-8058.


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