As I have learned and grown as a jewelry designer, I have expanded my knowledge on a lot of jewelry components. If you follow me regularly, you know I have a lot of favorite things I like to include in my collections, and one of these is pearls. Until a few years ago, I thought of pearls as the pretty, iconic white, shiny rounds we see everywhere from celebrities to vintage magazines. I happened to stumble upon the Baroque or Scotch Pearl several years ago. I instantly wanted to learn more and incorporate them into my pieces. Let’s learn more about these unusual pearls!
What are Baroque Pearls?
Baroque pearls are real pearls, and just as valuable as the regular rounds. But, because of availability, they can be a bit more affordable than traditional pearls, making them a great option for those on a budget. But, these are irregularly shaped and come in a variety of sizes, colors, and textures. They can range from a teardrop shape, to a lumpy potato, and everything in between.
The history of baroque pearls dates back centuries and can be traced back to the 1500s. During this time, pearl merchants would often harvest large quantities of pearls from the sea. The pearls they found were often irregularly shaped. This irregular shape was seen as unique becoming a popular choice for those looking to make a statement. Today, baroque pearls are still a popular choice for jewelry designs. They offer the perfect combination of quality and affordability, making them a great option for those looking to make a bold fashion statement.
Baroque pearls are often used in jewelry designs to add a bit of flair and uniqueness to a piece. The irregular shape of the pearl creates an eye-catching contrast between traditional pearls and the organic, wild look of baroque pearls. The variety of colors available also makes them perfect for adding a bright pop of color to any design. I have in my work many different colors from aqua to purple and pink.
When it comes to quality, baroque pearls are just as impressive as traditional pearls. Each pearl is hand-selected for quality, and careful attention is given to each individual pearl to ensure the highest standards. When shopping suppliers, I look for the unusual shapes and colors as I find them more interesting.
Now that we’ve learned more together, take a look in my shop to see if you can spot the Baroque beauties. Be sure to pop by often as I’m always on the hunt for more of these unusual pearls.
An example of a Baroque pearl, this is the simple potato style, sometimes round-ish, sometimes more oval.