new trend alert: pearls

Pearls have been used in jewellery making for centuries, adored by royalty and ancient emperors alike. They were classed as the ultimate status symbol; Julius Caesar even passed a law meaning that only the ruling class were allowed to wear them!

Today, pearls are still a much-loved and timeless trend. This was particularly proven at this year’s Met Gala, where celebrities such as Lizzo, Kim Kardashian and Serena Williams graced the red carpet wearing jewellery heavily influenced by Karl Lagerfeld’s time as Creative Director at Chanel. Pearls are a deep-rooted design aspect of Chanel’s brand throughout history, so it was no surprise to see so many outfits created around them. The iconic looks also included plenty of white diamonds and monochrome dressing.

do you use pearls in your jewellery?

Here at Jessica Flinn Fine Jewellery, we make the conscious choice to not use any pearls in our work. The main reason being, these gemstones are far too soft to be used in everyday jewellery (especially rings!). 

Ranking at 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, this means that they are very easily scratched and abraded. They can also very quickly lose their fabulous lustre when exposed to cosmetics, household products and perfume. 

We believe that our jewellery should stand the test of time, and although we can appreciate and admire the true beauty of pearls, we want our customers to be able to pass their precious pieces down through generations to come.

did you know...?

Pearls are organic minerals derived from the shells of oysters and other mollusks, so they cannot be considered vegan. They are formed when an irritant or foreign object enters the oyster’s shell, in which its response is to coat it in nacre (the substance that gives the pearl its shiny lustre) to protect itself from harm.

pearlescent alternatives

We like to do things a little differently here, so if you are looking for an alternative to a not-so-practical gemstone, we can find it for you! We specialise in the weird and the wonderful, so take a look below at some of our salt and pepper diamonds with pearly similarities.

With a rating of 10 on the Mohs scale, diamond is the hardest material on earth, meaning it cannot be scratched by other materials (apart from other diamonds!) making it a perfect option for a ring. These salt and pepper beauties are still natural diamonds, however they hold full galaxies of unique inclusions, and no two will ever be the same.