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London Calling. A Visit To The Victoria And Albert Pearls Exhibition.

December 3, 2013

Earlier last month we had the pleasure of visiting one of our favourite museums – The Victoria & Albert Museum. Their permanent jewellery exhibition is a never-ending source of inspiration. A treasure trove of incredible jewels which range from ancient and intricate to modern and thought-provoking art pieces. We absolutely love delving into the carefully curated selection, analysing the detail and creativity of jewellers gone past.

Within the V&A, we also visited the Pearls exhibition – a joint venture between Qatar Museums Authority and V&A Museum. What a treat it was – well worth the visit, the exhibition takes you on a journey from the ancient pearl-diving in the Middle East to the danger of mass-production of freshwater pearls today.

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It included pearls such as a set by Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and even a huge natural drop pearl pendant that had belonged to Mary Queen of Scots, among other Royal Jewellery too exquisite to describe.

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One of the most striking exhibits was a set of 3 enameled pearl buttons in vivid blue. The enamel work had been done with such painstaking precision that the buttons looked as though they were lit from behind.

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The history of pearls is enshrouded with mystery, exoticism and alluring glamour; looking at the pieces on show you can see why. Necklaces made of minutely threaded pearls which glimmered in the light, a belt made of 5,000 carefully selected pearls which took years to assemble with the perfect curation of each matching pearl, a belt buckle designed to be dismantled into 12 independent pieces of jewellery.

There is something so astounding about the level of attention to detail these jewellers applied to their work. We strive to emulate this within our designs while adding the futuristic edge of halcyon forms to offer jewellery for the modern, fearlessly sophisticated woman. Take for example this unique creation below from our Aquaray Collection featuring pearl accents.

Feeling inspired by such an amazing exhibition on display in London, we imagine that pearls may be one of the new sources of inspiration for Phioro’s next leading limited edition collection.

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Aquaray Ear Cuff set in 18ct Yellow Gold.
Green Tsavourites, Yellow Sapphires, Emeralds and Drop Pearl Accents.

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