Professional Jeweler Archive: Night Shades

January 2003

Gemstones & Pearls/New Products


Night Shades

Black and gray Tahitian cultured pearls continue to dominate


Customers will find tahitian cultured pearls more exotic and intriguing than white cultured pearls because of their luster, variety of shades and unique shapes, and prices continue to be good.

“You see such a bold variety of designs with pearls, they no longer have basic or classic styling,” says Denise Wood, designer/owner of Denise Wood Designs Inc., Darien, CT. “The new faceted pearls are clever and fresh. Setting gems directly into the pearls is intriguing and a great way to hide an imperfection. Some designers have stepped outside the traditional use of pearls by mixing them with a variety of gemstones such as tourmaline and tanzanite, using a variety of styles from soft and romantic to more cutting edge.”

In your showcase, try something with color to grab attention. Purple or hot-pink silk orchids draped with black pearls comprise a dramatic scene. Highlight a unique piece of jewelry that will draw attention to the rest of the case or evoke the lure of these pearls’ origins, perhaps by using soft white sand with shells. Most importantly, avoid clutter and stay away from gloomy displays where these darker pearls will get lost.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

Black Venus necklace features 6.71 carats of diamonds, 19.07 carats of oval rubies, 8.80 carats of baguette rubies and 15 Tahitian cultured pearls. Suggested retail, $95,000. Matching earrings also feature rubies, diamonds and Tahitian cultured pearls.

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

14k white gold earrings are set with 10-11mm Tahitian cultured pearl drops and 0.35 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $950.

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

18k gold earrings are set with 9mm Tahitian cultured pearls and 0.34 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $2,295. Matching pendant is available.

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

Japanese keshi beads glow with 22k gold bails holding gray Tahitian cultured pearls. Suggested retail, $2,150.

Denise Betesh, Santa Fe, NM; (505) 466-1033, fax (505) 466-1043.

18k Water Lily ring and Wrapsody enhancer are each set with a 12mm Tahitian cultured pearl and 0.02-ct. round diamond. The ring is $2,642 keystone, the enhancer is $1,980.

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

14k pendant and ring each feature a 0.10-ct. diamond set in a 9mm cultured Tahitian pearl surrounded by 0.18 carat of diamond melee. Suggested retail, $1,600 for the pendant, $1,700 for the ring.

Galatea, San Dimas, CA; (800) 609-6888, fax (909) 592-1837.

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