IN FOCUS: PEARLS

Even a piece as classic and stylish as the Pearl can benefit from a pick me up. A little nip tuck to remind us all why the spotlight on them should never be dimmed.  Right now thanks to eloquent hands of Magpie favourites Smith/Grey and design houses such as Chanel pearls are burning brighter than ever before as we see them being showcased in a new and alluring light.

Over at Chanel it is all about playing with perspective as we see exaggerated feature pearls teamed with their familiar infant sister to create stunning statement necklaces and cuffs.

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Chanel S/S 14 Campaign

In their latest  collection;’ Pearlgatory’,  Smith/Grey demonstrate just how versatile the pearl can be. Moving the pearl out of the realms of  dainty and graceful the design duo  have set and encased pearls in graphic metals to produce a fresh contemporary edgy aesthetic.  My Favourite pieces in the collection  lie with their solo statement earrings with the captivating  ‘ Monastery of Pearls’  and the gothic luxe ‘Tiny Sin Pendant‘ taking centre stage for me.

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‘Monastery of Pearls’ Earring & ‘Beautiful Sins’ Necklace: Smith/Grey

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Tiny Sin Pin Pendant: Smith/Grey

Though one designer who has been seduced by pearls since the moment she burst on the scenes is South African born, Hatton Garden trained Julia Pharo.  Pharo’s e-store is a pearl lover’s playground .  From solo cultured freshwater pearl drops to rich warm ‘blackberry  clusters’ Julia’s design capture both the traditional and modern world of the pearl. 

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Blackberry Pearl cluster Earrings & Necklace: Julia Pharo

Are you enjoying the pearl revival at the moment? What pieces have caught your eye?

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Images: Chanel/ Smith/Grey/ Julia Pharo

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