Professional Jeweler Archive: Pearl Personality

September 2002

Gemstones & Pearls/New Products

Pearl Personality

Branching out beyond the classics

When your customers think of pearls, they probably see an expensive string of rounds. However, coin, faceted, baroque and other unusual shapes show other pearl personalities. “Pearls can be fun, fashionable, affordable and not round,” says Kathy Grenier, marketing manager at Imperial-Deltah, East Providence, RI. Visibility and consumer awareness have led to a greater acceptance of such unusual pearls.

Designers and manufacturers can take the credit. Unusual pearls offer an element of softness no matter what the design style. They are important as stand-alones or accents in jewelry and often are more affordable than rounds.

When adding these pearls to your display case, highlight the individual items with their companion pieces to add impact. Keep them separate and uncrowded, with an eye toward harmonizing color.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P

Multihued biwa pearl bracelet with opal disc accents is $320 suggested retail.

Boucher, New York City; (212) 206-3775,,

18k gold faceted South Sea cultured pearl ring is $3,363 suggested retail.

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

From the Sculpted collection comes this white daisy carved cultured pearl with a diamond center.

Galatea Jewelry by Artist, San Dimas, CA; (909) 592-0877, fax (909) 592-1837.

Cultured pearl necklace has a faceted pearl enhancer. Suggested retail, $9,800.

Robin Rotenier Couture/ViewPoint Showrooms, New York City; (212) 696-1881, fax (212) 213-5494.

This Utopia cultured pearl brooch glows in 18k gold with diamonds.

Henry Dunay/Goldstein Communications, New York City; (800) 888-2525.

17-in. freshwater coin pearl necklace features iolite accents.

Imperial Deltah, East Providence, RI; (800) 556-7738, fax (401) 434-0814.

Three duck-shaped baroque pearls. Suggested retail, $4,500 for Tahitian natural color cultured pearls, $5,000 for South Sea cultured pearls.

Assael International Inc., New York City; (212) 819-0060, fax (212) 764-1965.

Faceted cultured pearl earrings.

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

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