Where do your pearls come from?
The vast majority of the pearls we use are cultured, freshwater pearls. We hand select the pearls we want to work with row by row, and pearl by pearl for earrings based on their shape, colour, lustre and beauty. China currently leads the market in culturing pearls as the pearl farmers must keep their water crystal clear to create the correct environment for these pearls. We go to Hong Kong where we can discuss with our long trusted pearl traders to choose the precise pearls we want. We keep up to date and hear all about what is happening with pearl farming globally. Finally our specially chosen selection is shipped back to the UK.
Who designs and makes the jewellery?
We are a small team based in Somerset. All the jewellery is designed and made locally except for a small range of affordable earrings which we buy from a trusted jeweller.
Most of our pieces are made to order. Often people send in pieces they have inherited to be reset, repaired or restrung.
How do I get my pearls repaired or restrung?
We use professional stringers here in Somerset. All the details are HERE.
How do you string pearls?
A traditional art, stringing pearls requires cool hands, calm manner and patience. Stringing involves handling multiple threads at once with one knot, one pearl, one knot, one pearl. There are rules to follow:
French wire called “gimp” in the UK is selected to match colour of clasp i.e. silver with silver, gold with gold.
You must use the correct colour silk thread i.e. White silk for white, pink, natural, multi-colour pastel shades. Black silk thread looks fabulous on black Tahitian or freshwater peacock pearl.
The length must be correct (including both pearls and clasp). For example, for 18 inch necklace, where the clasp and tiny rings take up 1 inch, there will be 17 inches pearls to make an 18 inch necklace.
All clasps have closed or sealed rings so replacing clasps requires restringing first.