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Pebbles & Pearls
Pearl Scene

With baroque shapes so hot, it's not surprising that designers are finding new ways to emphasize the beautiful irregular shapes of South Sea, Tahitian, and freshwater pearls. One of the most striking ways is to mix baroque pearls with pebble-shaped beads, usually in gold, that mimic and call attention to the asymmetrical shapes of the pearls. Pavé diamonds or gemstones can add another level of glamour. One of the first to popularize the pebble shape was Roberto Coin, who strung matte-finished white gold pebbles in necklaces that looked remarkably like gray Tahitian pearls. Combining pebbles with pearls is the next step in the evolution of the idea. With pearl jewelry so popular, adding pebbles to a strand is a simple way to transform a simple strand of cultured pearls into designer jewelry.— Cheryl Kremkow

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Mastoloni necklace
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