Monthly Archives: July 2020

  1. A Guide to Pearl Jewellery

    A Guide to Pearl Jewellery

     

    Pearl Formation

     

    Natural Pearls

    Contrary to common belief, a grain of sand is not the cause of the formation of a pearl. Molluscs (Oyster and mussels) spend their time filter feeding on the beds of the environment in which they live and can flush these tiny grains this out of their shells.

    If however, a sharp fragment finds its way in, and the mollusc can’t eject, its defence mechanism is to deposit around the intruder the substance it uses to build its shell called nacre (a type of Calcium Carbonate in the form of Aragonite).This nacre builds up in layers to eventually form the pearl.

    This natural reaction will occur regardless whether the mollusc is a Seawater Oyster or Freshwater Mussel.

     

    Cultured Pearls

    These are any type of pearl in which the irritation has been deliberately set up by man to induce the mollusc to coat the irritant.

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  2. A Guide to Art Nouveau Jewellery

    A Guide to Art Nouveau Jewellery

    The Art Nouveau style of jewellery design had its origins in the aesthetic movement that arose in Europe at the end of the Nineteenth century. 

    Translating from the French as “New Art”, it was also known in Germany as “Jugendstil”- Youth Art, as a reference to its fresh approach to naturalistic forms and materials.

    The movement was founded around 1890 and continued until around 1915 and its influence spread around the world, spanning both the end of the Victorian and Edwardians eras.

    Its central tenant of that was of a return to the forms of nature and a rejection of the industrialised world that was rapidly developing at the time.

    Taking inspiration from flowers, plants, insects and the female form, and using materials such as glass, organic jewels such as pearls and even horn, the value of the piece shifted from its intrinsic components, to its interpretation and the purity and artistry of its of design

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