Pearls: June's gem

June's birthstone is pearl, so I cannot pass up the occasion to showcase a few special pearl sources and deals.

The marvelous designer Zara Scoville of Priceless Imperfection is now offering two dozen pieces (necklaces and earrings) on etsy. I'm a fan of her boho-chic pearls, and Zara is a delight to deal with. Shown, the hip yet refined natural coloured pearl necklace with rough diamonds on 14k gold chain, $450, a fabulous way to break the boring-bead mold.

Crisply chic, this 18" white and chocolate pearl torsade will sharpen a white shirt. The price, just $95 (and free shipping in the US) at Ross Simons, also makes it a perfect June birthday gift. Or one for you, one for her.

It's only $85 in the 16" length, and is also sold as a 20-inch piece for $105.

Pearls, gold and jade are classic and elegant; the ten-strand pearl and carved green jade bead necklace with a 14k clasp from Gump's could mark one of those special "0" birthdays; $2,000.

The hint of mystery, the quality of fabrication and the Asian references are compelling to me; I keep returning to look at this necklace again and again- heirloom material.

Pearl's Cleopatra Necklace elevates wedding pearls from sweet to siren; a bride could wear this delicate web with everything thereafter.

3.5mm Chinese freshwater pearls are spun on rhodium-plated silver links, so it will not tarnish. The 19" length is adjustable to wear at 16" or 17"; the front width is 1.75; and the piece tapers toward the clasp to a half-inch so it will sit gracefully. Great pearly presence for only $230.

I'd pick
Kojima's braided leather and Tahitian pearl bracelet for a lucky graduate, a friend who thinks she's too casual for pearls, or me, me!

Supple woven goat leather with five natural colour Tahitian pearls (10.5 to 11 mm) strung along the 7.5-inch bracelet. Pearls with 'tude, $288.

If you don't actua
lly want to pay for pearls, and feel lucky, enter Pearl Paradise's contest before the end of June for a chance to win their luscious and luminous 11-13mm flameball freshwater pearl necklace, which is worth $700.

Give 'em you e-mail addy and cross your fingers!


spacegeek33 said…
Just had a 3 strand coin pearl necklace custom made for me at leftbraindesigns from etsy! It arrived yesterday and I'm wearing it today. I'm very pleased--they are hand-knotted and exactly what I envisioned. I love pearls, and have been desirous of coin pearls for some time. It is my late mother's day gift to myself. Funny that I didn't even know they were June's gem.
Duchesse said…
spacegeek: Yum! If you have the same coins that are on the site (the three strand with the tourmaline beads, listing ), you have beautiful pearls. Coins show off the superior lustre and nacre of freshwater pearls.
mette said…
Pearls are wonderful. I only have one necklace, a multicolor one with huge pearls. I like the ones on pictures 1 and 4. They would be beautiful gifts for someone younger than me. I understand you liking the`heirloom necklace´. It has a bit of the grandness that is only proper for those of us who are in the certain age,yes?
Some beautiful pearls there!

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