5 Jewellery Pieces All Brides Need

5 jewellery pieces all brides need

Preparing for the wedding season but unsure of what jewellery pieces you should select? Allow us to guide you.

In today’s post, we are going to share with you our top five jewellery pieces you must consider wearing on your special day.

– Dual string pearl gold chain

If you are searching for the perfect necklace to wear on your wedding day, try the dual string pearl gold chain. Simple, elegant and stylish, this piece of jewellery is bound to make you look beautiful. The best part is that despite looking exquisite, this pearl chain is light in weight and easy to wear. Buy this piece here.

Dual string pearl gold chain

22kt Gold Charlotte Necklace Set

The designer Gold Charlotte Necklace set is luxurious and stylish, making it perfect for wedding celebrations. From Sangeet to Mehndi ceremony, this set is versatile and is bound to add oomph to your overall look. Purchase this piece here.

22kt Gold Charlotte Necklace Set

– Pearls Moti Set

Pearls are classic, this we know. Every bride deserves her own string of pearls on her wedding day. You can pair this stunning moti set with your evening gown or even wear it on your special day; it’s versatility will surprise you. This 18 inch long pearl necklace is simple and beautiful, and sometimes, elegance lies in simplicity. Shop for this piece here.

Pearls Moti Set

– Freshwater pearls gold chain

Classy and beautiful, we bet this is the pearl chain you’ve been looking for. This piece, weighing 28gms, is made of delicate pearls strung together by a stunning gold chain. This chain will bring old Bollywood glamour to any outfit with which you choose to wear it. Click here to buy this piece.

Freshwater pearls gold chain

– 22k gold princess earrings

Delicate and substantial at the same time, these gold princess earrings are designed to add elegance and beauty to your outfit. Set in 22k gold and cubic zircon, this piece is studded with semi-precious stones and looks effortlessly gorgeous. Get your hands on this piece today. Shop for this piece here.

22k gold princess earrings

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5 of The Most Famous Jewels on The Planet

5 of The Most Famous Jewels on The Planet

Jewellery has played a significant role in various cultures for centuries. From diamond rings to bracelets and brooches, these precious stones have caused more controversy than anything else. Let’s take a look at the 5 most famous jewels on the planet.

Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring

Princess Diana’s engagement ring is one of the most popular pieces of jewellery in the world. This ring consists of 14 solitaire diamonds, that surround a 12 carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold. It is now worn by Prince William’s wife Kate Middleton and costs approximately 38.5 million dollars.

The Hope Diamond

Much admired for its rare blue colour, the Hope Diamond has existed for more than four centuries and is surrounded by mysteries and legends. Owned by King Louis XIV at one point, the Hope diamond changed hands for centuries until it was bought by famous jeweller Harry Winston. Winston then donated this diamond to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. This precious stone attracts more than 6 million tourists every year. The Hope Diamond was last reported to be insured for 250 million dollars.Most Famous Jewels on The Planet

The Tiffany Yellow Diamond

The Tiffany Yellow Diamond is a 128 carat fancy intense yellow cushion cut diamond, that was discovered at the Kimberley mine in South Africa back in 1877. It was worn for the first time by Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse at the Tiffany Ball in 1975 and the second time by Audrey Hepburn when she was shooting for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The diamond is now on display at a flagship store in Manhattan.Most Famous Jewels on The Planet

The Koh-i-Noor Diamond

Mined in Golconda, India, the Koh-i-Noor diamond is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world and is currently a part of the British Crown Jewels. Passed on from one country to another for years, this diamond currently belongs to Queen Elizabeth II.

Most Famous Jewels on The Planet

The Dresden Green Diamond

Weighing in at 41 carats, the Dresden diamond is the largest natural green diamond in the world. This extremely rare diamond owes its colour to radioactive exposure. The earliest record of this diamond dates back to 1742, after which it was acquired by Augustus III of Poland. Soon after, in 1768, this diamond was incorporated into an elaborate and extremely valuable hat ornament. The diamond is currently on display in Saxony, Germany, in the same hat ornament setting. It is often used as a standard of measure for green diamonds.Most Famous Jewels on The Planet

These jewels and their stories are beyond interesting. Would you like to see a sequel to this article? Let us know in the comments.

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Why are rubies red?

You’d be surprised to know that rubies get their beautiful red colour from impurities that are present in the gemstone. It’s intriguing how an impurity gives this gem it’s most defining property. Now, we could leave it at that or draw a life lesson from it. (We love drawing life lessons from things so here it is). Just like it is with the ruby, our impurities or imperfections make us who we are, they make us – us.

Now back to the science-y part of things. Rubies are a kind of crystal called corundum, which is a form of aluminum oxide. The presence of chromium in this crystal is what gives it its red colour. The chromium impurities absorb specific colors of light, only allowing red light to pass through the stone. The redness of the ruby depends on the amount of chromium present in it.

The amount of chromium in a corundum can also be altered. The ruby can be treated and its impurities removed, which leaves us with a clear crystal or more chromium can be added to it, thus increasing the intensity of its colour. The presence of different impurities and elements in the corundum gives the crystal different colours, for example, the presence of iron and titanium in a corundum creates a sapphire.

World’s Largest Freshwater Pearl Sold!

worlds largest freshwater pearls

The world’s largest fresh water pearl, known as “The Sleeping Lion” was sold last Thursday (31st May) at an auction for the whopping price of Rs. 2.5 crores (appx)! This auction, conducted by The Venduehuis auction house in The Hague, Netherlands, marked the first sale of this pearl in 240 years.

The Sleeping Lion pearl, which is 7 cms long and weighs more than 153 gms, gets its name from its unusual shape and is said to have formed in China between 1700 and 1760. Despite the Qing dynasty’s ban on exporting large pearls, The Sleeping Lion found its way to Europe through the Dutch East India Company. Its first owner is thought to be Hendrik Coenraad Sander, accountant general of the Company.

After the accountant general’s demise in 1778, the pearl was auctioned and acquired for Catherine the Great (Empress of Russia from 1762-1796). The exact whereabouts of the pearl after Catherine the Great are unknown. The pearl is said to have been owned by many a merchants, jewellers and aristocrats until it was acquired in 1979 by the Amsterdam Pearl Society – who auctioned this pearl last Thursday. The Sleeping Lion was bought by a Japanese trader according to Agence France-Presse reports; this is all that is known about the new owner of the world’s largest fresh water pearl.

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Have You Heard Of Mabé Pearls?

Have You Heard Of Mabé Pearls?

Also known as blister pearls, mabé pearls are beautiful and exotic pieces of jewellery that everyone wants to wear. Here are 5 things you should know about them!

What are mabé pearls?

Mabé pearls are also known as half pearls; they grow against the inside of an oyster’s shell and have a hemispherical shape with a flat back.

Where are they found?

Mabé pearls are naturally occurring. They are not expensive, unless produced by a rare species of mollusc.

How are they made?

Mabé pearls need some work before they are distributed for use in jewellery. A circle-bit drill cuts the blister from the mollusc shell after which the nucleus is removed and the hole is filled with resin. A piece of mother-of-pearl is capped on the back to complete the look.

Jewellery made from mabé pearls

Mabé pearls are generally found in rings, pendants or earrings. They are hardly used on necklaces or bracelets.

Different types of mabé pearls

  • Penguin’s Wing Oyster
  • Rainbow-Lipped Pearl Oyster
  • White-Lipped Pearl
  • Gold Lipped South Sea Pearl
  • Abalone Mabé Pearl

The Pearliest Places On Earth

The Pearliest Places On Earth

Wondering where you can find the best pearls? Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a quick list that will help you find the most exotic pearls across the globe.

Black pearls

Black Pearls are found in hues of silver green, charcoal, eggplant and blue. The countries where you can find them include:

  • French Polynesia
  • Tahiti

Golden and White South Sea Pearls

South Sea pearls are top grade pearls in the market and belong to the larger category of pearl families. The countries that boast of such pearls include

  • Australia
  • Philippines
  • Indonesia

Akoya Pearls

Akoya Pearls are highly priced because of their pure white colour and rosy overtones. They are found only in Japan.

Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater pearls are harvested from freshwater mussels and are white and pink in appearance. They are mostly found in

  • China
  • Japan
  • United States of America

The Secret of Coloured Pearls

The Secret of Coloured Pearls

Not all pearls are white. They come in a range of colours, and their shades are influenced by different factors.

Edison Golden Pearls

Edison Golden Pearls are creamy gold in colour. Some are dark golden or have the color of ‘champagne’. They are usually available in commercial outlets and are often used during TV commercials.

Saltwater pearls

Saltwater pearls are grown in Japanese and Chinese waters. They are white or cream in colour and found in Indonesia, Australia and the Philppines. Tahiti also has saltwater pearls but the colours here are green, blue and purple.

Freshwater pearls

Freshwater pearls are grown in ponds, lakes and rivers. They are produced in China and come in a variety of colours such as bronze, pink, purple and peach.

What decides the colour of pearls?

  • Pearls come in hues that are described as either cool or warm hues. Cool shades include purple, white, and green, whereas warm shades include yellow and red. The primary shade is determined by the body of the pearl.
  • The orient effect decides the colour too. This is caused by light reflecting through the various layers of nacre that make up a pearl.

How To Pick Your Perfect Pearls

How To Pick Your Perfect Pearls

For over two thousand years, pearls have been used across the world to create stunning pieces of jewellery. It is not only a historical ornament but also one that is considered highly valuable even today. In case you were wondering how to pick the best pearl accessories for yourself, here’s a look at some of the best tips!
Type

Get started by figuring out which type of pearl you like best. For example, fresh water pearls come in several shapes and colours. They are not very shiny though, and lack that lustrous shine. Akoya pearls on the other hand, are found in Japan and are symmetrical in shape. Tahitian and South Sea pearls also offer a different variety although they are very expensive.

Shape

Pearls come in several shapes such as teardrop, oval, round shape, “potato” (irregular) etc. Round ones tend to be more expensive than the rest. A lot of people opt for round pearls, but the other shapes lend a refreshing style to any outfit too. Make sure to consider all your options before you pick a set.

Colour

Although white is the first colour that comes to mind when one thinks of pearls, the truth is that they are available in many colours. Black and green pearls are stunning, but expensive due to their rarity. Other popular colours include pink/ peach, lavender, gold and even blue. White pearls also appear in a range of shades such as cream, ivory, silver, etc.

Style

Pick a style which suits your personality, age, or the occasion you are about to attend. You could go for something grand and elegant if you want if it’s a special occasion, but for daily or semi-formal wear, you might as well stick to small and subtle pearl jewellery pieces.

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How To Wear Freshwater Pearls

Pearl Bracelet

Freshwater pearls are highly sought after as they take a lot of time to produce, which makes them a rare and luxurious commodity. Fresh water pearls are certainly different from the rest and require a certain way of dressing. Here are some tips that can help you!

  1. Be Classy With Your Pearls

Freshwater pearls are the perfect symbol of class and elegance. If it’s office wear you’re looking for, try to stick to something simple that will give you a polished look. Simple necklaces go with anything, even if it is something as normal as a sweater. In case you are planning a night out, wear a pearl bracelet with a matching pair of button ear rings. This will automatically give you a little class.

Fresh water pearls

  1. Jewellery Is Not The Only Option

Freshwater pearls are perfect for creating a style statement, and not just in the form of earrings or necklaces. They can be incorporated with various other materials such as semi-precious gems or crystal beads. The gems can later be sewn into corsets and dresses. Fresh water pearls are well suited for wedding and evening gowns. However, they are expensive to use in this way, and may cost you quite a lot.

Fresh water pearls

  1. Be Yourself

Freshwater pearls are very versatile, and there are several styles to pick from when it comes to them. The styles include collar style, short necklaces, princess style, martini, opera or cord style. In other words, there’s something for everyone, regardless of how unusual or trendy your personal taste may be. Feel free to explore all the different kinds, and combine different styles of pearls to create your own.

Pearl Hat

How To Spot A Fake Pearl!

How To Spot A Fake Pearl!

Often, we tend to look at a pearl set and fall in love at a glance,because the pearls just look so pretty. Little do we know that the set could actually be fake. In this post, we will help you distinguish between a real and fake pearl and also tell you how to get the best real pearls for yourself!

  1. Check For The Luster

The luster on a pearl is what makes it stand out and look beautiful. A quality pearl should be bright, and lustrous. If you take a close look at it, you should be able to see your own reflection on it. If that really happens, the piece of jewellery is not fake.

  1. An Overtone

Pearls that are good in quality will have a subtle colour which is easily visible on the outer surface when the light hits them. Fake pearls don’t generally have this effect, as it’s slightly tricky to recreate. Therefore, if the pearls you’ve picked out seemunevenlyshaded, it’s better to avoid them.

  1. Look For Imperfections

While one might think the best pearl is the one which is perfectly round, real pearls are not always perfect. In fact, they are rarely perfect, and that itself is the beauty of a pearl – each one is uniquely flawed. Real pearls which are totally round are very rare, and a necklace will hardly ever be made entirely using these pearls. A necklace is generally made if they all have the same approximate size and appearance but if all the pearls are perfect, then chances are that the pearls are fake. So be mindful!

  1. Rub The Pearls On Your Front Teeth

Hold the pearl between your forefingers and thumb and press it into the edge of your teeth. Rub it in a side to side motion and if you see tiny imperfections, the pearl is real. Fake pearls tend to be super smooth even after this test.

  1. Check The Weight

Bounce two pearls in your hand to see how much the weight is. Real pearls are heavier than they look. Fakes on the other hand, feel very light. You can also use weigh scales to verify the weight of the pearls.