That’s Autore! Why You Should Love Aussie Pearls

That’s Autore! Why You Should Love Aussie Pearls

Renowned and adored across millenia, pearls have been loved by everyone from Cleopatra through to Audrey Hepburn. In-fact it was Hepburn's memorable portrayal of Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" that immortalised the multi-strand pearl necklace as a staple of classic fashion. As beautiful and iridescent as they are, pearls aren’t actually gemstones, rather, they were formed by the humble oyster. 

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s

A pearl forms when an irritant, such as a tiny particle enters an oyster or mollusc, prompting the creature to secrete layers of nacre, a combination of aragonite (a type of calcium carbonate) and conchiolin (an organic protein). Over time, these layers accumulate, creating a pearl. The quality of a pearl is determined by several factors: lustre, surface quality, shape, size, and colour. High-quality pearls exhibit a bright, mirror-like lustre, minimal surface blemishes, a symmetrical shape, and a desirable size. The colour can vary, but uniformity and depth of hue contribute to the pearl's overall appeal. These attributes combined define a pearl's value and beauty.

An Autore pearl being harvested

Here at Paddington Jeweller we only use Autore pearls. Renowned for their exceptional quality and beauty, these special pearls are a cornerstone in the world of fine jewellery. Originating from the pristine waters of the South Seas, these pearls are celebrated for their lustrous sheen, varied hues, and remarkable sizes. Their unique characteristics make them a favourite among jewellers and connoisseurs alike and have been worn by some of Hollywood’s hottest, including Halle Berry, Scarlett Johannsson and Angelina Jolie. 

Autore pearls are sourced from primarily around Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. These pearls are cultivated from the Pinctada maxima oyster, known for producing some of the largest and most lustrous pearls in the world. The cultivation process is meticulous, often taking two to three years for a single pearl to form. The result is a pearl that boasts an unparalleled shine and smooth surface, making it highly sought after in the jewellery market.

Autore pearls are farmed across 10 South Sea pearl farms, situated on some of the world’s most beautiful coastline and pristine waters. [Courtesy of Autore Pearls]

One of the defining features of Autore pearls is their lustre, which is the result of the thick nacre layers formed over time. The colours of these pearls range from white and silver to more exotic shades like gold and champagne, offering a palette that suits a variety of tastes and styles. Additionally, their size, often larger than other cultured pearls, provides a bold and luxurious statement.

Pearls are versatile and can be incorporated into numerous jewellery pieces, each highlighting their natural beauty and elegance. Here are just some ways you can wear pearl pieces: 

  1. Necklaces:

Pearl necklaces are a classic choice, often featuring a single strand or double strand of pearls. For those seeking something more contemporary, designers create multi-strand necklaces or incorporate different coloured and shaped pearls for a striking effect. Check out our magnificent Atabey necklace pictured below. You can wear it as one simple, long strand, or you can split it into two short necklaces or wear only one if the occasion permits it. With an invisible clasp, it is so nice any way you want to use it.

  1. Earrings:

Pearl earrings, whether studs or drop designs, are timeless accessories that add a touch of sophistication to any outfit. The large size and varied hues of Autore pearls make them ideal for creating statement pieces that can be both subtle and bold. Our Lydia earrings compliment almost any outfit. 

  1. Bracelets:

Pearl bracelets made from Autore pearls exude elegance. They can be simple single-strand designs or more elaborate multi-strand creations, often complemented by diamonds or other gemstones to enhance their beauty. Check out our gorgeous Isabel bracelet here. 

  1. Rings:

Pearl rings featuring pearls are unique and captivating. The pearls are often set in precious metals like gold, silver or platinum, sometimes accompanied by diamonds or other gemstones to create an exquisite piece of jewellery that stands. Our Roller ring is a bold and daring way to dazzle with a magnificent high button Pearl, set in sterling silver base.

  1. Brooches and Pins:

For a touch of vintage glamour, brooches and pins adorned with pearls can be the perfect accessory. These pieces often feature intricate designs that showcase the pearl as the centrepiece, adding a touch of sophistication to any attire. At Paddington Jeweller we specialise in custom-orders, so if you’re looking for your perfect brooch, enquire online or in-store. 

Caring for Autore Pearl Jewellery

To maintain the beauty of pearl jewellery, proper care is essential. Pearls are delicate and can be damaged by harsh chemicals, so it is advisable to put on pearl jewellery after applying makeup, perfume, or hairspray. Cleaning should be done with a soft, damp cloth, and pearl jewellery should be stored separately to avoid scratches.

“Pearls are the most elegant of all gems and so versatile, stunning to wear with a wedding dress and still looks great with Jeans and a t-shirt, a very European look.” - Steven Sher, Founder, Paddington Jeweller

Whether adorning a necklace, earrings, bracelet, ring, or brooch, pearls bring a touch of timeless sophistication that is truly unmatched. Check out the ‘ATABY’, the ‘Lydia’, the ‘Roller’ or ‘Isabel’ pieces (just to name a few) and our many other beautiful pearl options online or in-store. 

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