Looking stunning with 22 baroque pearls

Looking stunning with 22 baroque pearls!

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    Baroque pearls are a big hit today! On the catwalks in Paris and Milan, you can see the trends in jewelry. This season the jewelry designers want you to wear large statement jewelry. The bigger the better. And one of the favorite materials this year to make a necklace or earrings from are pearls. Therefore this blog shows you ‘how to look stunning with 22 baroque pearls’. These pearls are gorgeous and large!

    What are baroque pearls exactly?

    Baroque pearls or ‘wild pearls’ are cultivated pearls with a nacre core inside (therefore they are also called ‘nucleus pearls’). That core is not round but can have all kinds of shapes and sizes. The nacre grows around the core and follows the shape of the core. The full-grown ones have irregular shapes, depending on the core.

    A lot of the cultivated freshwater pearls can be called baroque pearls, because their core is mantle-tissue nucleated, instead of bead nucleated. But only the very irregular-shaped pearls are called ‘baroque’ pearls and the other ones are called after their shape, like button or potato pearl. Actually, they are a variety of baroque-shaped pearls.

    Cultivated saltwater pearls can also be baroque pearls. Their shape is mostly a ‘teardrop’ because their core is a spherical nucleated bead.

    A lot of type baroque shaped pearls

    As explained above we call every pearl that is not perfectly round, a baroque pearl. Most of them are freshwater pearls and they come in many different shapes. That is that there are more baroque – so not perfectly round- pearls, than round pearls, and they occur from very tiny to rather large.

    Baroque-shaped pearls are all the pearls that are not perfectly round and the baroque pearl is a variety of the baroque-shaped pearl. I hope you still follow me in this.

    We recognize about 12 types of baroque-shaped pearls and some of them even have a variety within their type. Like Keshi pearls, blister, coin, rice, potato, twin, cross,, stick, and baroque pearls.

    But as always there are exceptions, which makes a determination not always clear. Sometimes the baroque-shaped pearls are saltwater pearls (but most of them are freshwater pearls). Also cultured and natural pearls have baroque shapes. And although I have not seen them, there are Akoya pearls, known for their perfectly round shape, that come as a baroque shape variety.

    But we are talking in this blog about the pearls, the baroque pearls, that are non-spherical, more or less round, and somewhat longer, with all kinds of dips and dents in the surface.

    Baroque pearl necklace with golden elements.
    Baroque pearl necklace with golden elements.
    Baroque pearl necklace with enameled seaweed, by Edward Colonna, Art Nouveau 1900.
    Baroque pearl necklace with enameled seaweed, by Edward Colonna, Art Nouveau 1900.

    valuable or not?

    The South Sea and the Tahiti pearls are the most valuable pearls, of this type you can find. They are rather expensive since it costs a long time before the oyster has ‘made’ enough nacre around the core. The longer it takes, the more beautiful the nacre of the pearls. And when it takes longer to grow a perfect baroque pearl the fewer times the people can harvest the pearls: so again more expensive.

    The value depends on whether you want to purchase a misshapen pearl or an Akoya pearl, with a baroque shape. We are talking now about quality and to be honest, also taste. Some misshapen baroque-shaped pearls look stunning in a certain piece of jewelry. A jewelry designer can create miracles with this material.

    The shape is important for the prize of the baroque pearl too. The most valuable baroque-shaped pearls are the Keshi pearl, the cross pearl (the pearl is formed in the shape of a cross) and the baroque pearls. And the larger the pearl the more you pay. Some baroque-shaped pearls are not popular with jewelry designers, like the rice pearl. They are very cheap, but it takes you ages to bead them since the pearls are so small and the holes hard to find.

    The prices of baroque-shaped pearls when they have all shades of white and pink are ‘normal’, but you pay a lot extra for dark-colored pearls since this color is very rare. And when that dark-colored baroque pearl has a stunning luster that reflects light, you pay the jackpot.

    Baroque pearls are trendy pearls.

    On my trip to Cambodia and Vietnam last January on the last day I found gorgeous baroque pearls. One string in a dark gray to a black color and the other one was off-white. When the light shines on the white bead you see a kind of pinkish to purple shine on the nacre. And on the black baroque pearl, that glance is more brownish to bronze. Very special!

    It is a pity I could only buy 2 strings since that was all there was available. When I came home I saw that on the catwalks in Miland and Paris the jewelry designers showed a lot of large statement necklaces, and a lot of them made of large baroque pearls. So (by accident) I bought 2 strings of trendy baroque pearls. In my case not because they are trendy, but because they are so tremendously beautiful.

    How to look stunning with baroque pearls?

    Every woman wants to look stunning and wants to wear jewelry, especially made for her (or you). You are a unique woman and you want to look unique, maybe even a bit trendy, when you can have that in the same piece of jewelry.

    Baroque pearls are large, not too heavy and they look stunning in a choker.

    When you want to have a closer look or more information, just click on the link and it will lead you to where you want to be.

    baroque pearl string from Vietnam
    Vietnamese baroque pearl strings
    buying baroque pearls in Phnom Penh Cambodia
    buying baroque pearls in Phnom Penh Cambodia

    The pearl and also the baroque pearl is the birthstone of June. There are so many types of pearls, that probably you know half of them. If you are interested… FlorenceJewelshop produced a small e-book full of information about pearls and also baroque pearls. It is free of charge. You just have to let me know where I can send it to.

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    Hug, Florence from FlorenceJewelshop

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