by: Nachman Klieman
Pearl jewelry, a timely and popular fashion accessory, is trending among Israeli jewelry designers and artisans. Did you know that the first reference to the Pearl in the Old Testament, refers to one of the 12 precious stones which were embedded in the Choshen, the breastplate worn by the High Priest at the time of the Holy Temple. According to some Rabbinical authorities the pearl represented the tribe of Zebulun. Pearls are compared to wisdom in the book of Job because of its’ great value.
The ideal pearl as applied to jewelry is perfectly round and smooth. Pearls are considered as gemstones for their beauty and high value. Rare, fine, valuable, desirable are only a few of the descriptive words that are used to promote and describe the attraction of pearls in jewelry applications.
It is the custom in many countries for the bride to wear pearl jewelry to accentuate her dress on her wedding day. The most popular pearl jewelry styles are found in earrings and necklaces. Their value is determined by a combination of the luster, color, size, lack of surface flaw and symmetry that are appropriate for the type of pearl under consideration.
Saltwater and freshwater pearls come in many different colors. White, and more recently black are the most popular colors sought after for pearl jewelry. However, there are other color tints can be found in pearls like pink, blue, champagne,and even green which are also gaining in popularity.
Pearl necklaces are referred to by different names based on their length when worn and measured around the neck. Collars and chokers are worn close to the neck while princess, matinee, and opera styles of pearl necklaces offer longer lengths reaching as far down as the breastbone.
Israeli designers of pearl jewelry offer their designs in every color, style and length imaginable. Imagine wearing a jewelry creation from the Holy Land that is both stylish and meaningful when worn for any occasion.