Rapaport Magazine - July 2020 - page 28

J E W E L R Y CO N N O I S S E U R
T
ake a look at beauty blogs or lingerie ad campaigns, and it’s
clear that our definition of beauty is changing. Perfection as
beauty is a social construct we are shrugging off, and in the
jewelry world, this is being mirrored in pearls.
For generations, the ideal pearl was round, lustrous, and as big as
decency allowed. Now, though, it is not the painstakingly matched
string — a seemingly simplistic swipe of uniformity that might have
taken a jeweler years to collate — but the irregular, asymmetrical
wobbles of baroque and keshi pearls that have hearts aflutter.
Once the rejects of pearl farms (the pebble-like keshi is formed
when an oyster literally rejects a nucleus), these organically shaped
pearls are being celebrated for their natural quirks. Uneven nacre
deposition resulting in a bulbous baroque? No longer a problem.
This trend really took hold in fashion jewelry last summer, when
baroque pearl earrings matched with yellow gold became a cool-girl
staple thanks to an army of influencers picking up on styles from
brands like Alighieri. A year on, and these looks show no sign of
waning, either in the fashion world or in fine jewelry. Designers are
simply getting more creative: inlaying themwith diamonds, setting
them center stage to add drama, substituting them in the classic
strand for a fresh take. However baroque and keshi pearls are used,
this trend is about seeing imperfection and celebrating it.
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