Diamonds and Pearls
When it comes to gemstones, there are few that have been more coveted over the centuries than diamonds and pearls.
Pearls have an incredibly rich history; they are the oldest gemstone in the world and can be dated back at least 7500 years. In the past, they were so rare that during one point in history in Medieval Europe, the only people permitted to wear them were royalty and the nobility. During the time of the mighty Roman Empire pearls were considered to be one of the most prized possessions a person could have.
Although diamonds are equally stunning, they have not featured as heavily in history. In fact, some of the oldest diamonds in existence are only around 500 years old.
With increasing advances in mining technology, diamonds have increased in popularity and availability over the years. Pearls, on the other hand, are harder to come by as pearl diving is an extremely dangerous activity. Until the 20th century, it was not possible to culture pearls, making them not only rare but very valuable.
Why choose diamonds and pearls?
Both of these stones are classic choices. While their popularity, particularly that of pearls, may have seen some dips in popularity over the years, there is a timeless elegance about both gemstones that sees them returning to popularity again and again.
Diamonds are one of the few gemstones that suit most complexions. They also pair incredibly well with a variety of different colours of gold which lends to their versatility.
Because of their colouring, both gems are incredibly popular with brides looking for bridal jewellery that will complement their gown without overshadowing it on the big day. Pearl jewellery and diamond pendants are amongst some of the most popular bridal jewellery that is purchased, and these may even be pieces that are handed down from a mother to her daughter for her wedding day.
Why not choose both?
Pearls are loved not only for their colour but also for their lustre, which is referred to as pearlescence. The lustre occurs due to the interaction between light and the crystals in the nacre of the pearl, which refracts back into the eye of the viewer. Pearls come in a range of shades but are always opaque.
Diamonds, on the other hand, are known for their stunning sparkle and the ability they have to play with the light. They are cut in such a way as to enhance their brilliance. Diamonds like pearls come in a range of colours with clear diamonds being the most commonly found.
Both gemstones are stunning in their own right, but in the right setting, they can create a beautiful partnership that work particularly well, especially for wedding jewellery. Some of the most creative jewellers have been pairing pearls and diamonds together for many years with some spectacular vintage jewellery paying testament to the clever pairing that can be created when pearls and diamonds are combined.