Pearls are a coveted treasure the world over, historically known as the “Queen of Gems”. They were prized by the Roman nobility as a symbol of wealth, and have long been associated with glamour particularly for the popularity of ropes of pearls in the roaring twenties.
Natural or cultured pearls are created when a mollusc produces layers of nacre around an irritant inside its shell. The quality of the nacre dictates the quality of the lustre, which determines its beauty and value. The surface of the pearl should be smooth and free of marks while the overall shape could be round, oval, pear-shaped, or even irregular in shape, these are known as baroque pearls.
Classic Pearl and Diamond Stud Earrings Natural pearls are extremely rare. Historically, many were found in the Persian Gulf; unfortunately, today they are incredibly sparse. There are two types of pearl; fresh water and saltwater. Saltwater Pearls include the Akoya cultured pearls from Japan and South Sea pearls grown in the South Pacific. Akoya pearls are prized for their metalic lustre and occur in shades of creamy white, pink and silver. The golden lipped oyster native to the waters of Indonesia produces beautiful natural golden pearls, while the biggest species of pearl oyster, the silver lip, produces stunning platinum white pearls. Tahitian pearls are grown in several of the islands of French Polynesia. These naturally coloured pearls are collectively called black pearls, but they come in a spectrum of shimmering rich, dark colours, ranging from slate grey, silver and pistachio to midnight black with overtones of green, pink or blue.
An imitation pearl is usually a coated glass bead coated in artificial nacre sometimes made from fish scales. Most have a high lustre, but not the depth of lustre seen on high quality cultured pearls. One way to identify a real pearl is by rubbing the pearl on your teeth. If the surface feels smooth the pearl is an imitation and if it feels gritty on the teeth you can be almost certain it is a real pearl. Real pearls are also noticeably heavy and will feel cool to the touch, imitation pearls will usually feel much lighter and will usually be at room temperature. Let pearls become a part of your love story at Steven Stone. In the last century pearls have become the must have for bridal wear regardless of theme or season. To view our extensive collection visit our showroom or our website.
Whilst things will undoubtedly be different this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life’s
most luxurious pleasures. The enchantment still flows at Steven Stone.
The Stone way has always been to provide our clients with the utmost in bespoke service, which
is why we are offering 1-on-1 virtual consultations over the lockdown period.
Whether you’d like to talk about the diamond you have had your heart set or you want to discuss
an engagement ring you have seen on our website, we’re just one click away.
It could be something as simple as booking a repair in. Or detailing how the process works when
creating precious memories. Our experts are here to help whatever the occasion.
Your safety. Our priority.
The safety of our customers has always been our number one priority.
When we were allowed to open our doors and welcome clients back, we went above and beyond when
putting COVID safety measures in place.
And now we are giving you the chance to experience the Stone lore from home. We want to ensure
that every client gets the full Steven Stone experience, which is why our virtual consultations
are as close to a showroom experience as possible. Uncompromising, unrivalled service.
We know you may be wondering about the level of service a video consultation can deliver. It’s
only natural. But we’re here to assure you that our jewellers are trained to give the most
authentic experience to all of our clients. They are there to put you at ease and to make you
feel comfortable talking about any aspect of your jewellery desires - no matter the setting.
They will be at our showroom, able to take you round wherever you want to go. Once you begin
your video consultation, you will forget that you’re in your own home having immersed yourself
in the magic of diamonds. Our consultations are a special process and absolutely no expense has
been spared in bringing this enchantment directly to your home.
Whether you want to treat yourself to the diamond you’ve always wanted or you’re after something
sentimental for your partner, our relaxed video consultations can match you to the perfect
It may be a completely handmade, bespoke commission or it may be a ready-to-wear ring. Whatever
it is, our consultations will ensure it is perfect down to the very last detail.
Or it may be as simple as a repair. You might just want to breathe new life into an old
heirloom. We can help you with that too. We pride ourselves on being authentic jewellers, not
resellers. If you need any jewellery assistance during lockdown, Steven Stone are always on hand
A Steven Stone Promise
We are committed to delivering an authentic experience, enveloping you in marvellous escapism.
Whether that be in our trademark showrooms or from the comfort of your own home.
It is a commitment that we take on with the utmost respect and is what sets Steven Stone apart
from the crowd.