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Can pearls be worn all year round or only in the winter?

There are so many “old wives’ tales” on this one that it’s untrue!

My advice is always the same – wear your pearls whenever you wish, providing that your overall outfit is coordinated and that they’re suitable for the event concerned.

You will see and hear lots of advice that differs here. “Only wear Black pearls in the months x-z” or “white is best between a-c” and so on. Even if you agree, it’s worth remembering that the seasons are different in the two hemispheres and a host of other environmental variables mean that such advice, thoughwell intentioned, isn’t always applicable.

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How do pearls make you feel when you see them and hold them?

This is an interesting question and one I wonder a lot about.

It’s true, of course, that I have no way of knowing how you might feel about them. All jewellery and particularly pearls, is a very personal thing.

For example, some people like very bold and statement-oriented pearls. Others prefer much smaller and more discreet examples. Then there are those who like to have different pearls for different occasions or simply to reflect their changing moods from one day to another.

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How Could I Wear Pearls on my Wedding Day?

Now this is a tricky area because people can get very, VERY obsessed about superstitions.

True, this might not only be a superstition issue. It might also be acolour coordination one because sometimesvery white pearls can be a little lost on an equally white background. That’s perhaps not the look you’re intending but let’s assume here that you’ll deal with that through your owncolour coordination and dress designer services.

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Where are the Biggest South Sea Pearls Grown in the World?

This is a question I’m often asked and am very happy to discuss but right at the outset, do remember that the rarity and value of a pearl is made up by many things and size is only one of them!

Right, onto business.

Nobody disputes that South Sea pearls are statistically the largest in the world. They’re found in Australia and a number of other countries around the world. In terms of size, they can be up to 20mm in diameter though it’s worth stressing that the larger pearls of that size (or close to it) are exceedingly rare. As you’ll imagine, they command premium prices.

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What is it That is Special About Pearls When You Look at Them?

I’m sure you wouldn’t want us to start telling you what it is that you find so attractive in pearls! You probably know that yourself.

However, what I would like to do is to spend a few minutes talking about one aspect of this wonderful bounty of nature – and that’s its luminescence.

We all often speak of a pearl’s lustre and its luminescence. Strictly speaking, this is incorrect.

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What Does Style and Design Mean for Jewellery?

Pearl Jewellery

Entire libraries have been filled with books on what exactly “design” and “style” mean. Universities are also full of design lecturers and students discussing the same subject.

So, you’ll understand that I’m a bit intimidated trying to cover this topic in a brief blog!  Even so, I’ll do my best - so here goes…

These two subjects are highly subjective.

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Do Men Wear Pearl Jewellery?

Mens Pearl Jewellery

The answer is a resounding ‘yes’ but let’s look a little at the history.

Earlier centuries

If you look at male portraits of the 14th-17th centuries, you’ll often see men wearing elaborate jewellery. This continues for much longer, well into the 20th in non-European societies such as those in North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

The men concerned are, of course, almost exclusively royalty or nobility though sometimes also of the rich merchant classes. If you look, you’ll see pearls play a massively prominent part in the masculine jewellery of the time. This includes items such as earrings, brooches, necklaces (none of which were considered exclusively feminine at the time) and rings.

In many portraits, the men are as festooned as the women or even more so.

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A short history on South Sea pearls in Australia

It’s sometimes overlooked that Australia is one of the world’s great pearl-producing centres.


It’s only really in the later 20th century that Australian history was revised away from an almost exclusive focus onBritish and European settlement to include the Aboriginal or First Nations people.  This is important because the facts remind us that pearl fishing in Australia and the Torres Islands started long before the first Europeans arrived.

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What do I look for when buying South Sea pearls?

South Sea pearls

I’m often asked what I look for when I’m searching for and procuring the exceptional South Seas pearls that are used by Lust Pearls.

Let me be clear – I am not interested in buying cheap or compromising on quality. I have very demanding standards and nothing but the finest quality pearls make it into my possession and the catalogue of Lust Pearls’ creative designs.

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Lust Pearls, who are we and what do we do?

Lust Pearls Jewellery

This is a question we’re asked regularly.  There is an extensive background of our founder and company, elsewhere on our site but a quick refresh in the form of a blog never does any harm!

It all started many yearsago, when Jill was captivated not only by pearls but the entire culture and mystique that surrounds them.  She was determined to build her professional life around these incredibly beautiful gems and was lucky enough to be able to do so through Lust Pearls.

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Top Tips for Buying Pearl Jewellery Online

If you’re considering buying pearl jewellery online, some of the following tips should prove helpful.

Be clear what you’re looking for

Pearls can be considered as coming into three categories:

  • naturally occurring at random in the wild (typically the most expensive and rare today); 
  • naturally produced by molluscs with human intervention to stimulate the process (these are often called cultivated pearls); 
  • These may range from essentially plastic to a wide variety of more exotic materials. Purists would not typically describe these products as pearls.

If all other things are equal, the above is the descending order of typical price levels.

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Pearl Diving ‘Girls’ in Japan

One of the commonest questions we hear relates to the so-called ‘pearl diving girls’ of Japan.

Let’s clear up a few mysteries and misconceptions!

In Japan, for over a thousand years, natural pearls were sought after and brought to the surface by the ‘Ama’ – a word that very roughly translates to “woman of the sea”.

The term used in English is often “girls” but that is fundamentally wrong.  The vast majority of the Ama were mature women andmany continued diving into their 80s and even 90s.

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Understanding the Use of 9ct versus 18ct Gold

In gold, the higher the carat / karat (sometimes abbreviated to “ct” and “K”) the higher the purity of the gold is.

If everything else is equal, such as weight, the higher the carat number is, the more expensive the gold will be.

This sometimes leads into questions as to why a jeweller might use18ct not 22ct/24ct and why on some 18ct pieces, there might be fittings of 9ct.  This is easy to explain!

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How to Find your Ring Size

Pearl Ring

If you’re thinking about buying one of our stunningly beautiful pearl rings, here are a few tips about how to go about taking your ring size:

  • buy a ring size gauge. These can be purchased online for as little as $5-$10 but remember there are differences between Australian or US sizes; 
  • if you have a friendly local jeweller, they’ll usually tell you your ring size in a few seconds by using one of their gauges; 

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Protect your Pearls

Pearl Jewellery

Pearls are relatively strong but they are one of the softer materials used in jewellery.

So, it’s important to take care of them and here are a few top tips relating to avoiding damage:

  • don’t clean them in ultrasonic machines; 
  • if you’re using an aerosol or spray perfume, deodorant or hairspray, do so before putting on your pearl jewellery
  • avoid wearing your pearls when cooking. Some ingredients which have a slightly higher acid content (e.g. vinegar) can be damaging to a pearl’s surface and lustre. The same is true for some stronger household cleaning agents; 

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Stirling Nomination for Lust Pearls

"We are a finalist for the Stirling Business Awards nominated for the Most Innovative Business of the Year

The three finalists are

Lust Pearls
WayPoint Training & Consulting

We will be celebrating small business at our Gala Awards Night onFriday, 19 May 2017 to find out if we are a winner."

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Our Contribution to Community


Jill has been a key sponsor of Breast Cancer Care WA for the past 11 years straight.  She has made continual contributions to this worth while local charity who helps those who are suffering and their families in very practical ways when dealing with Breast Cancer.

Thank you, BCC for all the wonderful work you do for women and men of WA

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Our Jewellery on display in New York…

Australian supplier Lust Pearls has taken to the world stage…

… having been selected to participate in a jewellery event in New York and subsequently featured in…

Rapaport Magazine..

We wanted to share our excitement

with you …

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Want to know a Great Magazine for all your Bridal Needs?

Lust Pearls is delighted with our appearance in the Western Australia Wedding and Bride Magazine. Or we should call it a book, because at over 500 pages of local Perth wedding related material, it’s a treasure for every bride, and at only $6.95, it is a valuable resource for the 'bride-to-be'.

We are featured in several pages of Wedding & Bride which focuses on contemporary ideas and innovative editorials. 

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Breast Cancer Care WA

I am a long term and proud supporter and sponsor of the Long Table Lunch and in the earlier years was on the committee for Breast Cancer Care.

This Sunday 2nd April, Lust Pearls proudly donates a special piece of pearl jewellery as a fabulous door prize for one lucky winner each year.

This year’s lucky door prize winner will receive the elegant Lust Serenity chain pendant of 18ct yellow gold with 0.01ct diamond and a 9-10mm Tahitian South Sea pearl embellished with 0.16ct brilliant cut white diamonds.

Congratulations to Jonnene, the lucky winner of the Lust pendant valued at $2,200.

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Ring of Fire makes front page of Rapaport Magazine

The Rapaport Group is an international network of companies providing added-value services that support the development of fair, transparent, efficient, and competitive diamond and jewellery markets.

Established in 1976, the Group has over 20,000 clients in 118 countries. Group activities include Rapaport Information Services providing research, analysis and news;

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