Pearls at Gatcombe Park – Festival of British Eventing 2019

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We’re delighted to be at our first Festival of British Eventing for many years.  We have been designing and creating bespoke, luxury pearl jewellery for many years from our Somerset workshop. We source our pearls ourselves, going to seel out the best quality, best value pearls from China and Hong Kong. Our customers have been […]

Best RHS Hampton Court show ever in 2019!

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RHS Hampton Court Show was truly spectacular in 2019. We’ve had a stand for many years and wated the show expanding and blossoming (groan) over that time. However, 2019 really was an incredible explosion of colour and sensory stimulation with street entertainment roaming the stalls, champagne bars and face painting keeping all the different age […]

First of the 2019 Spring Fairs starts with Sudeley Castle today

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Our season of Spring Fairs starts today with the Sudeley Castle Spring & Garden Fair – all the information is HERE.We’d love to see you there! We’ve been working hard on our new 2019 designs for pearl necklaces and pearl earrings, responsing to the trends we’ve been seeing. Diamond and pearl drop earrings are really […]

Diamond pearl earrings make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts

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Diamond pearl earrings actually make wonderful gifts for every occasion but we know that many mothers tire of flowers and chocolates and would adore these lasting shows of love and affection from their families! We’ve added in a new range of diamond pearl earrings because we’ve noticed an increased trend for graceful, classic earrings with […]

Pearl choker and pearl necklaces for 2019

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Pearl choker and pearl necklaces continue to be a classic gift for anniversaries and for special events. We started making pearl chokers 30 years ago and in that time, we have evolved our style but the traditional way of making the necklaces have remained the same. We select beautiful cultured freshwater pearls selected for their […]

Pearl anniversary gifts for her to mark 30 years together

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Pearl anniversary gifts for her to mark this very special event – well, it really does have to be pearls doesn’t it? Fortunately, pearls come in many different styles and even colours, so you’re bound to find something that your wife really does love and appreciate. If you aren’t sure, please get in touch and […]

21st birthday present ideas

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Here are some 21st birthday present ideas based on our experience helping parents, Godparents and friends try to choose that perfect birthday gift. Pearls have long been one of the most traditional presents for ‘coming of age’, symbolically given by a father to his duaghter at 18 or 21. Gift ideas for all ages: HERE […]

Best Mother’s Day gifts

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Best Mothers Day gifts always show that you have thought about it in advance, thought about the person you are buying for, taken some care over your choice – and actually presented it in person, beautifully wrapped. Of course, sometimes you can’t get all those ingredients in place and you have to post it, or […]

Pearl restringing service brings new life to your jewellery

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Pearl restringing is an art learned over many years and many thousands of necklaces. Harriet Whinney Pearls use traditional, full knotted restringing to refresh, restore and preserve the life and quality of your pearls. We recommend restringing pearls every two years if you wear your pearls regularly. Our professional stringer, knotting by hand, places an evenly […]

Unusual pearl necklaces make wonderful gifts

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Unusual pearl necklaces make wonderful gifts – not least because they show some thought went into the choosing as well as the purchasing process. Most of our pearls  are totally classic and they will always have a place in the heart of a jewellery collection. But sometimes – it needs to be bolder, bigger or […]

Perfect Christmas gifts for wives

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What makes perfect Christmas gifts for wives? Usually things they have shown an interest in or pointed out to you! But when the pressure is on, who can quite recall what they were shown or told a few months ago..? Help is at hand. You really can’t go wrong with pearls. Our pearls are made […]

last minute gifts for her – jewellery and pearls

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If you’re guilty of leaving things to the last minute, then you need our guide to last minute gifts for her jewellery and pearls. We have been helping men choose exactly the right gift for daughters, wives, mothers and aunts for many, many years! We made nearly everything in house using beautiful cultured freshwater pearls, […]

12 Days of Christmas Shopping

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It’s that time of year again – we have two more Fairs to do next week at Bowood and Wincanton then we are straight into our 12 Days of Christmas Shopping which is a private shopping event at our Somerset workshop. Please RSVP to book an appointment. Our Christmas gift ideas include earrings and necklaces […]

Spirit of Christmas 2017

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It’s Spirit of Christmas again! Back at Olympia, we love this show. The Home of Christmas Shopping returns to present an expertly curated Christmas shopping experience where you can uncover the most extraordinary gifts. Olympia will be filled with an unrivalled and exciting new collection of 800 independent boutiques, all hand-picked by the expert team […]

Pearls for eventing at Burleigh

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Pearls for eventing at Burleigh or indeed, pearls for any event, will be on display at Burleigh Horse Trials starting on Aug 31st. This year sees over 80 horses and riders competing for first prize worth £90k. Burleigh Horse Trials The entry list includes many former winners; 2010 champion Caroline Powell is entered with two […]

Honiton Show 2017 – we’re in the members mall

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Honiton Show 2017 is upon us again! The 127th show, this is one of the biggest one day shows in the country with over 400 exhibitors and more than 1000 lifestock entries – not to mention the camel racing, lurcher and lure shows, motorbike displays, ‘Sheep Shows’ ! It’s a really engaging and fascinating show […]

Mary Berry Necklace Collection is launched

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Mary Berry style necklace collection We have launched our Mary Berry style necklace collection inspired by our favourite TV baker.  Our classic Mary Berry style pearl and gold necklace is simply flying out of the workshop at the moment – we posted one to Australia today! People have been asking for variations on the classic […]

Mother of the bride pearls

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Mother of the bride pearls are one of our specialities! We understand how the pearls need to be discreet yet charming, noticeable without being flashy and most of all, complement the outfit. We make by hand our own designs using the loveliest cultured fresh water pearls sourced in the clear freshwaters in China. Earrings, bracelets […]

‘Mary Berry’ style necklaces in 4 lengths

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Our Mary Berry style necklace inspired by our faourite Bake Off  baker is proving to be one of our most popular necklaces. We have upgraded the chains too as you prefer the larger link gold chains! The longer lengths contain more pearl stations and come in 20” and 22” lengths. As they are all made […]

Pearl anniversary gifts

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Pearl anniversary gift ideas should obviously be pearls and we’re the go-to choice for classic pearl anniversary gifts! Our cultured freshwater pearl jewellery is designed and made by hand and to order in our Somerset workshop by our talented team. Classic pearl necklaces, beautiful pearl and diamond earrings or a charming bracelet are all favourite […]

Mary Berry necklace inspiring a new collection of pearls

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Our Mary Berry necklace, inspired by the pearl and gold necklace worn by Mary Berry very often in her TV shows, is now one of our best sellers. The necklace is made in our workshop by hand using lovely high grade freshwater pearls and placed in stations on a high quality 9ct gold chain. We […]

Pearl Anniversary gift ideas

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Pearl Anniversary gift ideas should really be pearls, don’t you think? And where better to look than in our newly created pearl anniversary section on our website. We have listed our top selling 6 or 7 pearl jewellery items as judged from people contacting us to buy anniversary gifts. Of course, pearls are a wonderful […]

Christmas gift ideas

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Christmas gift ideas can feel like hard work – but you can’t go wrong with pearls. Timeless, classic, go with everything, suits every age group and style – all our pearl necklaces and pearl earrings are hand made and hand strung in our workshop. Many are made to order giving us the opportunity to alter […]

Girl with a pearl earring

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Girl with a pearl earring – Attention to detail ! When the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Hague, she borrowed the Queens pearl earrings so that she matched the famous painting. Johannes Vermeer’s celebrated Girl With A Pearl Earring at an art gallery in the Netherlands, the Duchess borrowed the Queen’s own treasured pearl earrings […]

Sourcing Freshwater pearls from China

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Sourcing freshwater pearls is a very important part of our business. Freshwater pearls are cultured in areas where the water is clean, which gives the best pearls. These days the best pearls can be found in China so we find ourselves every year going to source freshwater pearls direct from the pearl producers. These are […]

Christmas gift ideas

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Christmas gift ideas can be a bit thin on the ground – but there’s something for everyone at Spirit of Christmas Fair. The first week in Nov, this is the biggest Fair of its kind in UK. Harriet Whinney Pearls will be at Stand H50. 7 days of shopping! Pearls are a really beautiful gift […]

21st birthday gift ideas

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21st birthday gift ideas can be a challenge – but all our feedback suggests that pearl necklaces, bracelets and earrings go down well for 21st and 18th birthdays, which makes life a lot easier! At a recent show, a young lady come up to us to say that she had been given our pearl necklaces […]

Honiton Show – what a fabulous day!

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Honiton Show went really well on Aug 4th with the sun shining most of the day. We were in the Craft marquee which isn’t our normal spot but we still managed to be tracked down by many of our regular customers. We were thrilled to be visited by the President of the Show, Mrs Mary […]

Pearl necklaces and chokers

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Pearl necklaces are so versatile. We are half way through our summer show season with Hampton Court Flower Show now finished (and we nearly ran out of everything – the Somerset workshop had to send emergency supplies!) and Tatton Court and the Game Fair coming up rapidly. At the shows so far, pearl necklaces and […]

Pearl chokers ever popular at Hampton Court

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Our pearl chokers are still one of the most popular necklaces at Hampton Court Flower Show. We have a wonderful stand here, see our video! People often buy different pearls when they see them, to when they look online. They are ‘braver’ in person, going for bigger pearls or more adventurous designs. It’s also easier […]

Pearl necklace with a lot of history

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Pearl necklace with history don’t come more exotic than La Perigrina. Found in Panama by a slave more than 500 years ago, it was quickly much sought after and has become one of the more expensive pearls in the world. The pearl is suspended from a pearl, diamond and ruby necklace and has adorned the […]

Pearl jewellery buying tips

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Pearl jewellery buying tips Are you looking at buying some pearl jewellery for yourself or as a gift and feeling dazed by the choice? Here are some top tips on buying pearls – but as always, it’s probably easier to visit us at an event or call us. We’re happy to share our expertise! Pearls […]

Pearl jewellery and the royal connections

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Pearl jewellery is such an established part of our culture that it’s easy to forget how it all happened. Pearls are very unusual – they are made by a living animal; they emerge perfect, not requiring cutting. We aren’t sure who first discovered pearls but it was probably an accident! They quickly became associated with […]

Pearl jewellery gift for younger people

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Pearl jewellery gift is such a classic, isn’t it? We often see photos of the Queen wearing her pearls; brides love to wear them because of their natural beauty and simple styles; ladies going to formal occasions reach for their pearls. But what about the younger women or girls? Pearls enhance natural skin tones and […]

Stringing pearls in our workshop

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Stringing pearls to make pearl necklaces and chokers is one the best ways to spend the day. We first have to carefully select the pearls so that they are as close in size and appearance as possible. The art of stringing takes years to perfect. Deft fingers and a cool palm are essential! Our silk […]

Pearls at Badminton

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pearl jewellery Badminton and beyond! Our HW pearls are always popular at Badminton – here’s our stand with our amazing range of pearl jewellery. We source the vast majority of our cultured freshwater pearls in China and Hong Kong and then make our pearl necklaces and pearl chokers to order. Pearl stud earrings are popular […]

Pearl jewellery on tour!

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April sees the start of the show season with fairs and county shows coming thick and fast. Harriet Whinney Pearls has been exhibiting at Badminton, Sherborne and Sudeley with pearl jewellery as always very popular. Our classics, pearl necklaces and pearl earrings, remain the favourites but we are introducing new designs to appeal to younger […]

Pearl restringing brings jewellery back to life

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Pearl restringing brings us an interesting post every week. We receive pearls in old envelopes, baked beans tins (yes!) and packages of all shapes and sizes. Yesterday we posted back to one of our customers this beautiful pearl necklace. Found on a beach, the pearls were in a bad need of restringing. The clasp is […]

Pearl jewellery for everyday use

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Pearl jewellery comes in so many grades – and price brackets – that it can be confusing for people to decide if they are getting value for money or not. Introducing our new ‘everyday range’ – great value pearls at a very attractive price. These pearls are beautifully imperfect with natural striations. We have created a […]

Pearl jewellery website goes live

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Choosing your pearl jewellery has become a lot easier with our new website! We have photographed our lovely pearl earrings, pearl necklaces and pearl bracelets to show them off in natural light. The lustre of the pearls can be hard to capture but we think you will enjoy browsing some of our range. We have introduced […]

Pearl jewellery online!

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We have been making pearl jewellery for years from our Somerset base – and selling pearl jewellery direct to our lovely customers at events and shows. We are delighted that our new website has just gone live after months of work choosing which of our pearls to include. Many of our clients have been with […]

Spirit of Christmas

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As usual, Spirit of Christmas was extremely busy. Bigger than ever and with record levels of visitors, this annual show at Olympia gives us the opportunity to meet a lot of our clients, talk to them about what they are looking for and often, they bring existing jewellery for us to match. Looking forward to next […]

Our new workshop in Somerset

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Harriet Whinney Pearls have moved! We are now based in a very light and spacious workshop, giving us more room to work on creating classic pearl jewellery. Our repair and pearl restringing team are delighted with their new working environment which has windows over the beautiful Somerset countryside.