I am loving pearl rings today. Let’s look at some!
This is the ring that got me thinking about pearls. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. It’s Victorian, made of gold, and set with three colored pearls, each flanked by rubies, emeralds or diamonds, and further diamonds on the sides. I love how the differently colored pearls are matched with differently colored gemstones. I bet this looks amazing on.
This pearl ring comes to us from Cartier, and it was made in 1925, so you can bet your buttons I love it and its Art Deco loveliness. The center cream pearl is bordered by a frame of baguette and princess-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum. The ring is signed Cartier to the bezel edge. It’s very simple, but I think it’s great. There is almost nothing this wouldn’t go with.
This is another pearl-and-gemstone combination, and a really whimsical and pretty one. It’s antique; made in France in 1905. The central round pearl is bordered by calibre cut rubies and old cut diamonds. The gemstones are all open set in platinum and gold, on a triple strand gold wire band. I love that it feels slightly floral without being cheesy or overdone.
This simple, linear beauty is the work of Tiffany & Co., circa 1905. It features one creamy pearl flanked vertically by two old-mine cut pear-shaped diamonds which weigh a total of approximately 5.91 cts. Lovely.
To finish, here is another pearl and diamond ring. Also made in 1905, this three stone pearl and diamond cluster ring has three graduated pearls set vertically within a shaped double border of diamonds, millegrain set in platinum, with diamonds to the shoulders. This one’s more overtly formal than the Cartier pearl and diamond ring up above, but still entirely versatile in terms of what colors you could wear with it.
Now, remember: pearls are delicate. If you’re going to wear pearl rings it’s a good idea to take them off before washing your hands or touching anything that could possibly erode them, like soaps, vinegars, or other harsh substances. (Unless you’re trying to perform a particularly impressive party trick.
All images and info in this post are thanks to the original poster of each ring. Please see individual descriptions above for links.
Um, pearls can erode and dissolve? So the fact that I’ve been wearing my pearl pendant constantly for 4 years now is the reason that it’s loose in its setting, and not just because the setting became loosened from my cat constantly playing with it (this is why I shouldn’t have nice things)? It’s going away from my own actions? Why did no one tell me this could happen?! Taking it off ASAP!
Diamonds in the Library says
I wouldn’t panic – I’d recommend against wearing it in the shower or while working out, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wearing it frequently. A jeweler might be able to tighten up the setting for you, though!
I’ve done a lot of showering and working out in the last 4 years. I think I’ve done some major damage to it. Whoops. I have been planning on doing something to tighten the setting, but I took it off before working out today, and it was rather freeing not to have it flopping around during burpees! Sorry MIL for not wearing your necklace anymore.