Every pearl is unique, just like every person
Robert Anthony design and showcase to emphasise each pearl’s individuality, encouraging you to express your personality each time you wear them.
Browse our collections in store and you will find pearls that jump out as being just right for you. If you’re unsure, speak with one of our specialists and we will help you find your perfect pearl, or can work with you to create outstanding bespoke designs.
One of the most wonderful features of cultured pearls is their natural luminescence & the instant lift they give to a womans complexion. White pearls open up the eyes and pink tones add a delicate depth to paler complexions. In one instant the hunt for the perfect cosmetic is over. Pearls become your second skin, a beautiful lustrous string of pearls just work wonders for your complexion.
Pearls have been a traditional choice for a multitude of reasons. Firstly they beautifully compliment the cream & white tones of the traditional wedding dress whilst adding subtle detail & texture.
For Red Carpet Days
For pure Hollywood allure, cascading pearls will elegantly accentuate your figure and will guarantee that extra special Red Carpet glamour.
Wearing Pearls at Work
Classic pearls during the day with a white shirt is a must have for every woman. A soft silver white pearl necklace will always add polish with a dash of sophistication. Layering pearls with other gemstones such as Aquamarine or Quarts around your neck will give a playful & less traditional look. Whether wearing lots of pearls or a single strand, layered, knotted or twisted, cultured pearls can be worn anytime or anywhere. Robert Anthony Jewellers are passionate about pearls. Be passionate about yours!
The History of Pearls
- The Latin word for pearl means ‘Unique’
- The Pearl is the official birthstone for June
- Throughout history the ‘Pearl’ with it’s warm inner glow and shimmering iridescence has been one of the most highly prized and sought after of gems.
- The ancient Egyptians prized pearls so much they were buried with them.
- The Greeks held the pearl in high esteem for both it’s unrivalled beauty and it’s association with ’Love & Marriage’.
- During the expansion into the New World and he discovery of Pearls in central American waters added to the wealth of Europe.
- Unfortunately, the lust & greed for the sea grown gems resulted in the depletion of virtually all America’s Pearl oyster population by the 17th century.
- Until the early 1900’s natural pearls were accessible only to the very rich & famous but today with the advent of Pearl cultivation Pearls are available and affordable to all.
What is a Cultured Pearl
A cultured Pearl is any pearl that is created with the assistance of a human. By opening the oyster or mussel slightly & inserting a small grain of sand or other similar tissue causes the mollusk to try to protect itself by covering the irritant with a substance called Nacre.
The Historic Meaning of the Various Pearl Colours
White ………………… Symbol of Purity
Rose, Pink ……..…… Symbol of Love
Golden …………..…… Symbol of Wealth
Peacock Green …….. Symbol of Romance
Sapphire Blue ……… Symbol of Eternity
Black ………………….. Symbol of Dignity
The Names Given to the various Necklace Lengths
12” …………. Collar
16” …………. Choker
18” …………. Princess
24” …………. Matine’
30” …………. Opera
+45” ……….. Rope
Similar in size to Akoya cultured pearls, ranging from 2mm to 13mm (although much rarer in larger sizes). On average, most freshwater cultured pearls measure between 4mm and 7mm.
Because the vast majority of freshwater cultured pearls are nucleated with pieces of mantle tissue only, only about 2% are actually round. But because they are produced in such vast quantities, this is still a very large number.
Freshwater cultured pearls vary widely in colour, most often white or cream or natural shades of yellow, orange and purple. Some are immersed in bleach and flooded with fluorescent light and others are dyed.
Caring for your pearls will ensure they will be around for generations. Below are our 5 best tips for everlasting beauty:
- Avoid letting them come into contact with cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume.
- Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
- Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off.
- Your fine pearl necklace should be restrung periodically, depending on how often you wear them, ensuring the silk thread remains in a good condition.
- Please bring your pearls in to one of our stores at least once a year to be checked over by a member of our expert team, which is of course free of charge.
We would like to recommend you always put your Pearls on last, after applying make-up and styling your hair.