For the longest time, it has been perceived as the gemstone of the wealthy, and implied a certain level of class. Being the oldest gemstone, the first pearl can be traced back to 420 BC when pearl fragments were found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess. Julius Caeser had also passed a law that pearls were to be exclusively worn by the ruling class.
It wasn’t until Mikimoto discovered how to cultivate (farm) pearls in 1893 that the pearl became widely accessible. However if one has to still think of pearls in modern history, it was still viewed as a status symbol and the 1stimage that comes to mind is Coco Chanel and her iconic portrait featuring multiple strands of pearls, or even Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
In India, the pearl has had a very interesting journey from the classic strand to now adornment with gorgeous pendants. One of the early innovations we did was turn the pearl fashion on its head. We gave the pearls a new life and elegance with stunning pendants that compliment the pearls, while not overpowering them. That soon became the norm for Pearl fashion in India. One of the biggest factors that cemented our spot in the industry. We made pearls “fresh Fashion”
As time passed, new innovations were added, and today, pearls are also making its way to the young girls’ wardrobe in the form of Chandeliers jhumkas baroques and long strand necklaces.
The pearl has had an interesting journey and are today considered cool by the young generation as well.
Being the oldest gem, pearls have seen it all, and will continue to be part of fashion for the foreseeable future.