Our Pearls of the Week
Our Pearls of the Week
The World Is My Oyster!
One of my all time favorites! Great photo, Blaire
Really beautiful; Thanks, Blaire My favorite abalone piece is the pendant Pattye had/has, although I never saw it in person.
Oh wow , those colours! I love that deep gold and the bright purple blues next to each other..quite a stunning combination !
Beautiful! Loving the crazy colours and shapes.
Pearls and leaves, my favorite.
I actually inhaled so deeply when I saw that photo, that I forgot to breathe out again. Wow.
Yum yum yummy yum!
I love this piece so much... two of my favorite types of pearls so artfully combined. Metzler has impeccable taste! Great photo too!
love the colors in those pearls!
Stunning!! Those colors together are TDF.
I returned to PG on Sunday to post our new Kima (Tridacna) ring, and noticed Blair's very recent posting of this brooch as 'pearl of the week.' Now I see it is a thread—kind of spooky! My ears must have been ringing!
A little background may enhance appreciation. The piece expresses my early passion for naturals resulting from a visit to the Cook Islands in 2006. Poe Pipi were followed soon thereafter by Paua. My sourcing instincts, well-honed from our pioneering wine importing business, kicked in big time and the collecting began.
A critical mass of multi-colored, rare 5mm-plus, round poe pipi and a fantastic range of shapes and colors of paua coincided with the visit to Seattle of our recent friend and jeweler/pearler Ben Bergman from Avarua, Rarotonga. We decided to commission a piece that would commemorate wine and inextricably link these two noble passions. Ben took the pearls and worked with his shop in Auckland, NZ to realize the concept in spectacular fashion.
The poe pipi and unusually rare, round(ish) paua form a bunch of grapes in mid-season at variable degrees of ripeness. The flamboyantly shaped and colored paua, together with the custom gold leaves, comprise the leaf canopy from which the grapes are suspended.
There you have it!
Last edited by smetzler; 04-26-2017 at 01:55 AM.
Ah thanks so much Steve for the back story! Very interesting and makes me see the broach with new eyes! I never thought of them as a bunch of grapes! Wonderful, thanks so much for telling the story!