Women love pearls, they have always loved pearls, but lately they’re looking for newer, edgier, “less perfect” ways to wear them.

As it is with the ready-to-wear world, jewelry experiences trend shifts from season to season and year to year.

Dainty necklaces and classic hoops have been ruling the accessory scene for quite some time. This is why we are noticing a shift as this year’s hottest jewelry trends are playful and unapologetically bold.

With the tremendous variety of pearls on the market today, pearls are considered the least understood of all gemstones.

One of the most important considerations in selecting a piece of pearl jewelry is determining the type of pearl that is best suited to your budget and preference.

There are two basic varieties of natural cultured pearls: freshwater and saltwater. Freshwater pearls are grown primarily in man-made lakes and reservoirs in China. Saltwater pearls, which include Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea, are grown in bays, inlets and atolls in many places around the world. Saltwater pearls are considered more valuable than freshwater pearls, although rare and very high-quality freshwater pearls can be exceedingly valuable.

To read more about pearls in Spencer Magazine’s Winter issue, please click here!


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