A Riot of Color

diana-jarrettby Diana Jarrett, GG RMV

Pearls are every woman’s jewel. Think about it. While other ‘gemstones’ are actually minerals that we unearth, the cultured pearl is a fascinating product of an organic source. Pearl farms carefully cultivate bi-valves allowing them to fully develop and produce lustrous organic gems–the elegant pearl.

Long ago, pearls were mostly modest in size and found as demure creamy white strands for young debutantes and their aunties. That was then. This is now; and what a difference time makes. Today pearls belong to every woman of style. The bolder the better is the rule now.

One of the most exotic pearl choices is the Tahitian pearl variety. They are grown in special oysters known as Pinctada Margaritafera more commonly called black-lip pearl oysters. They are also the most popular for several reasons.

Tahitian pearls are among the most desirable of all pearl varieties, owing to their ability to develop into very large luscious orbs. They can range in size from 8 to 18 mm. But that’s not all that draws jewelry lovers to this treasure. Tahitian pearls are produced in the widest array of colors which thrill the aficionado. Their iridescent nacre gives these chic treasures a depth of color with countless layers of undertones. And Tahitian pearls are celebrated for their thick nacre (the colorful outer portion) which assures that they will keep their luster for years to come.

One word sums up all of these valuable assets, and that is rare. Fortunately for pearl lovers, we don’t have to go all the way to French Polynesia to acquire the sumptuous jewels. Today, elegant strands of Tahitian pearls in an exciting range of hues all showcasing a mesmerizing glow can be found right here in Naples. Since we are a seaside community, these organic gems are a perfect complement for our region and the lifestyle we live. Next time you’re in the mood for a surprise, treat yourself to a personal preview of some of the most luxurious Tahitian pearls found anywhere.

These exquisite gems can be found at Mary Martin Gallery right in our area. When you see them, you’ll be amazed at the individuality of each strand. After all, they are organic and every pearl is something of a unique marvel. These precious jewels are as distinctive as the fortunate wearer; and the Naples woman is known for her effortless style. What a match!

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