Happy birthday, June babies! Not only do you get to celebrate the summer solstice by watching the final traces of winter fade away into beachy waves, but you have also been blessed with that very nicely nautical birthstone: pearls! These cute orbs of calcium carbonate, formed in the bellies of mollusks beneath the sea, have been a favorite of humans for milennia. In fact, they were very likely the first gemstones to be kept and worn by humans since they emerge from nature (just like you) already perfect and complete. Even a rough pearl is still a smooth pearl!
For all of you “wild child” June birthday-havers, there is a special place of honor in this month’s post for pearls of the “baroque” variety. The popular 17th and 18th century decorative arts style, ‘baroque,' actually drew its name from this type of unusually-shaped pearl (initially meant as an insult!)...but today, it resonates as a compliment.
Ladies in the Renaissance used to salivate over baroque pearls, and would frequently place them into stunning pendants which they wore by the hundreds; a status of their glimmering wealth. These pearls also saw a resurgence in popularity later in the Art Nouveau movement, where their fascinating, undulating shapes were often employed with mind-bending creativity in the formation of beasts and birds and everything in-between, often forming pieces of stand-alone art rather than jewelry.
Today, we live in a golden age of pearls in which all types of pearl get to shine...a black baroque pearl can strut down the same runways as a perfect white, shiny sphere, loved by all. It’s your choice! Now let us help you choose YOUR perfect birthday present-pearl here at the gallery in Evanston! Let Eve take you on a trip through the Pearl Room, a treasure trove of sparkling, hidden gems, all awaiting Eve's imagination to set them free…