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Gemporia welcomes back sixth-generation pearl trader Charlie Barron between the 15th and 17th February, with a new collection of luxury Pearl jewellery created exclusively for Gemporia.
Charlie’s first visit of 2019 comes at a time when Pearls have been given a renewed spotlight following their starring role in the Oscar nominated film The Favourite, which picked up seven BAFTA Awards on Sunday 10th February. Vogue has already noticed the films “Pearl-drop beauties” commenting that the performances were “out of this world… but have you seen the earrings?”
The fascination is actually nothing new, according to Barron: “Pearls have long had romance and sophistication associated with them, having been worn by the most elegant icons in history, whether they may be Royals or the celebrities of the modern age. Far from being a trend of the past, we’re now seeing new, modern interpretations of Pearl jewelry. Their wearability and effortless elegance are capturing the attention of a new generation.”
Once saved only for special occasions, Pearls have since become a more accessible gemstone for everyday wear, with The Telegraph commenting “They’ll go with just about everything, since – while they might be the unexpected choice – they are Pearls, after all.”
Pearls have always been a firm favourite at Gemporia and Charlie Baron’s shows this February feature some of his finest pieces to date, featuring earrings, rings and pendants in rose gold, gold and sterling silver, and all using the very finest South Sea Pearls at surprisingly affordable prices.
Australian South Sea Pearls form in a nirvana on the edge of the Indian Ocean, off the Kimberley Coast of Australia. Here, the oyster which creates this treasure is able to thrive. The silver-lipped mollusc, which is one of the largest and rarest Pearl oysters, produces a white-silver Pearl, an almost impossible reality of sheer beauty. The quality of each Pearl is assured by the immaculate waters in which they form.
The peaceful atolls and lagoons of French Polynesia are the source of Tahitian Pearls. These acclaimed Black Pearls are produced from a black-lipped oyster. Beautiful, mysterious and with a rainbow pearlescence, these dark, exotic treasures of the ocean each have a story to tell, with every one being as individual as you are.
Barron’s passion for Pearls is timeless: “Pearls are currently enjoying a period of renaissance, especially in Europe where we see the highest growth rate, and in Asian and American markets where sales are always strong. Major jewelry houses on Bond Street and Place Vendôme are producing new high jewelry collections using Pearls which are helping to boost the popularity of Pearls, as well as many celebrities wearing Pearls at the highest profile events such as the Cannes Film Festival.”
You can see Charlie on-air this weekend from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th February 2019.
- Friday 15th February at 7am/6c
- Saturday 16th February at 3pm/2c
- Sunday 17th February at 11am/10c
Tune in to hear fascinating stories from Charlie from his time in the Pearl industry, and to see a wonderful array of new designs featuring this elusive treasure.