Pearls have always been a perennial favorite of jewelry designers around the world. It is also one of the most popular gems in use today. In fact, it is difficult to find a woman today who doesn’t possess at least a single item of pearl jewelry in her collection.
The ubiquitous nature of pearl jewelry poses a very unique problem though. Over the years, it has come to suffer from a peculiar sense of stagnation as far as jewellery design is concerned. In fact one of the main challenges faced by pearl jewelry designers today is how to break free from the shackles of traditional designs and make forays into fresh, futuristic endeavors.
Typically speaking, the pearl jewelry, be it the universally acclaimed single strand necklace or a pair of pearl drops for the ears, has been traditionally associated with women of an advanced age (think of your grandma) or, on the other extreme, young ladies who have just started wearing precious jewelry. The form and factor of pearl jewelry too have remained more or less unchanged over the years. The pearl necklace that you’d find in a store today is not much different from the one that was made a century back and passed down from generations.
The problem is not with the pearl itself. It has more to do with the perspective of the designer. What is required is a fresh look at pearls, and an appreciation of its many shapes, sizes and colors. Cultured pearls today come in a wide range of shapes and hues. So why stay stuck with the traditional white or creamy kind when bold experimentation can be done with pearls of other colors? Black pearls have already been embraced by many designers around the world to add a distinctive touch of freshness to their jewelry designs. But one can surely go further and use pink, blue, dark and light pearls of other hues to great effect.
In recent years, celebrity endorsement, either done officially or casually, has added to the prestige and popularity of pearl jewelry. It has also encouraged pearl jewelry designers to come up with new striking designs. Some of the best names to be remembered in this regard include those of US First Lady Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna. These personalities have really pushed the envelope and have ushered in a new wave of interest in pearl jewelry around the world.