Professional Jeweler Archive: Steely Pearls

January 2002

Gemstones & Pearls/New Products

Steely Pearls

Black and silver pearls blend with different seasons of clothing

The cool black, steel gray and silver of Tahitian cultured pearls is in tune with the latest apparel fashions. With white metals, the look is sheer ice. With yellow gold, they take on a warmer glow.

Strands of round, fine-quality and exotically colored Tahitian cultured pearls are not within everyone’s reach. However, designers have found ways to make these pearls more affordable. Earrings, rings and pendants use fewer pearls, resulting in a lower price tag. In addition, baroque and circled shapes are generally less expensive than perfectly round ones, and they look good in single-pearl pendants or in earrings.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P

Platinum, diamonds and Tahitian cultured pearls stack up in these rings by Schoeffel.

Schoeffel/KWM Exclusives, New York City; (877) KWM-GEMS or (212) 570-6065, fax (212) 570-6720,

22k granulated gold earrings are set with 4mm-by-6mm oval faceted emeralds and 13mm black Tahitian cultured pearls. Suggested retail, $6,000.

Bikakis & Johns, New York City; (212) 505-3051, fax (212) 260-1777.

15mm Tahitian cultured button pearls hang from platinum hearts set with 0.75 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $18,000. Flower basket brooch has Tahitian cultured pearls, diamonds, mother of pearl and black onyx.

Ellagem, New York City; (212) 398-0101, fax (212) 302-0153.

Double-strand necklace with 74 9.9mm-11.6mm Tahitian cultured pearls has two platinum and diamond clasps. Suggested retail, $245,600.

Assael International Inc., New York City; (212) 819-0060.

18k earrings have black Tahitian cultured pearls, 0.72 carat of tanzanite and 0.65 carat of ruby. Retail, $5,300.

Kent Raible Jewelry, Nevada City, CA; (530) 477-6966, fax (530) 477-7551.

Platinum earrings hold black cultured pearls. Retail, $216.

Ed Levin Jewelry, Cambridge, NY; (515) 677-8595.

18k white gold jewelry features a mirror finish and Tahitian cultured pearls. Retail, $1,770-$2,185.

Lugosch Designs, Round Pond, ME; (207) 529-6050, fax (207) 529-7000.

14k gold pendant/slider carries a black Tahitian cultured pearl with an Ideal cut diamond accent.

Thomas Dailing Designs, Stevens Point, WI; (715) 341-0411, fax (715) 341-2388,

18k white gold lariat is set with 11mm-12mm Tahitian cultured pearls and 0.20 carat of diamonds. Keystone, $1,950.

Tara & Sons Inc., New York City; (800) 235-2790 or (212) 575-8191, fax (212) 869-9332.

Black and silver Tahitian cultured pearl jewelry suite is crafted in 14k and 18k gold. Suggested retail, $1,500-$3,500.

Avirom & Associates Inc., Boulder, CO; (800) 456-5958 or (303) 494-5624, fax (303) 494-5745.

Amy lariat contains 10mm-10.5mm Tahitian cultured pearls and 0.85 carat of diamonds in platinum. Matching earrings hold 12mm Tahitian cultured pearls.

Jiunta Fine Jewelry, Atlanta, GA; (404) 876-2060, fax (404) 876-2062.

18k white gold ring has two 9mm faceted South Sea cultured pearls and 0.04 carat of champagne diamonds. Retail, $4,950.

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

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