Spring Summer Pearl Lookbook 2014

We are excited to complete another successful Spring/Summer set of collections. It was a strenuous project juggling Pearl Paradise designs along with our sister site Pearl Collective, but we were able to complete them just in time for our PR editorial event in New York. We were able to create four collections this season.

The Encircled Collection was designed and created by John. He focused his design on the deep ridges or indented lines that are prominent in baroque Tahitian pearls. He started experimenting with texturing thin flattened wire and created these designs. It is a very meticulous process since each band is fitted specifically to a pearl.

The Encircled necklace above was was pulled for a request by Real Simple magazine and is now on the cover of April issue! It’s hiding down there in the lower right corner but it’s there!

 

Jeremy and I found some wide baroque Freshwater pearl strands at one of our buying trips in Hong Kong. The subtle creases and dimples on the pearls interest me and I gathered small prong set diamonds on posts and sprinkled them onto the pearls. The small points that were created by the diamonds looked like constellation so I named it the Celestial Collection. I love the combination of subtle diamonds and big pearls!

The Prima Collection was designed for everyday wear. We wanted to showcase that everyday pearls don’t have to be generic white strand of pearls. The simulated Turquoise nucleated carved pearls are set on simple settings and yet have so much presence. The large Edison pearls are fun to wear when you want something large and bold. Our classic Tahitian styles are still our best sellers every year.

The Link Collection is something I’ve wanted to make for awhile. I found onyx and agate hand carved links at the Hong Kong show and immediately wanted to play with them. The jet black onyx works perfectly with the dark green Tahitians and the white agate complimented soft lavenders of soufflé pearls. I also wanted to make contrasting bold necklaces using the largest onyx links and the large white Freshwater baroques.

Below is the link to our lookbook:

PP LOOKBOOK SS14-small

Enjoy!

How to Wear 100-inch Pearl Ropes

The girls are having lots of fun wearing the 100-inch ropes in the office. I too have been wearing the 5.5-6 mm rope for few days. I was pleasantly surprised that the 100 inch does not weigh me down or get in my way of stringing. We’re enjoying this monthly special so much and decided to share some of our styling ideas!


Our lovely Chenai, Director of Operations, is looking professional in the 6.5-7 mm rope. The first style is the multi-layer messy choker look. This style is perfect for the office since the long length will not be bothersome while she works.

Here is how to create this look:

Fold the rope in half and wrap the pearls around your neck two times.

Cut a ribbon of your choice (about 12 inches) and loop the ribbon as shown.

Tie the ribbon into a bow.

Move the bow toward the back of your neck.

The second look for Chenai is the simple knot. This knot looks a lot richer using the rope as double necklace before the knot is tied. It is a simple, elegant look for the office.

Wear the rope as double necklace.

Tie a knot at the center.

Sweet and hardworking Kim is looking fabulous in her dress with classic style of 5.5-6 mm rope.


When you want to keep this layered look in place the pearl clip comes in handy.
Here is how the pearl clip looks at the back:

Pearl clip

Last but not least our comical Allison (who makes us laugh and have a good time in the vault) looks amazing in the 7.5-8 mm rope in jeans. Who said you can’t be casual wearing a pearl rope? The bright white pearls add instant pizzazz to the outfit!

Spring and Summer Pearl Fashions

The trend colors for this spring and summer season look great with pearls. I am particularly in love with the neutrals; hints of blush pink and the refreshing addition of minty greens and blues. We’ve selected some of our finest freshwater pearls with beautiful pastel colors, and bold and strong hues of Tahitian pearls to pair with the hottest colors of the season.

As featured in our Mother’s day shoot, I dressed Elia with blush color lace dress with our large white freshwater fireball necklace. The size and the unique shape of the fireball pearls have such a strong presence that I wanted to keep the outfit more feminine and demure.

The neutral colors are such an easy palette to wear pearls with.  We dressed Elia’s grandmother with the beautiful beige lace top with eye popping rich golden south sea pearls. She looked elegant without being overly dressed and the bright red lipstick tied in perfectly. The blossom earrings with golden south sea drops make an feminine statement.

For a bold and professional look we created this style for the working moms and women with careers. The refreshing white top can go well with any color pearls but the lavender metallic fireballs really make a statement. We paired the top with a feminine skirt and carried the silver color onto the heels to show a bold and glamorous look!

For a more casual look for spring and summer the refreshing mint color inspired me to match with the cool tones of Tahitian pearls. Pairing it with jeans will make a strand of pearls not too classic but more for a causal flair. Wearing a strand of pearls has an immediate assumption that you will look too proper but with adding pop of color with a cork clutch and nude color heels will make the appearance relaxed and fun. To amp up to a business casual look I would put on a white cotton blazer for a more sophisticated attire.