Pearl of Wis­dom and Grace

晨曦中的露水幻化

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晨曦中的露水幻化

古印度,人們相信珍珠是諸神用晨曦中的露水幻化而成,波斯神話裡珍珠是由諸神的眼淚,更象徵著光明與希望。與貝廝守,那是一種永恆的美,堅固的愛。心貝懷珠,一生中最是珍愛、珍貴、珍惜。劍橋公爵威廉王子與夫人或許也借這樣的寓意,大婚之時也不忘佩戴珍珠飾品!

澳大利亞天然的自然環境,給珍珠提供了更好的孕育場所。澳洲北部,風平浪靜的海灣,純淨而豐富微生物的水域,那是澳洲頂級南海珍珠安然健康地生活成長的地方。nd

澳洲珍珠除了常見的珍珠白外,還有黑色、金色和其他多色,通常之下,顏色深淺決定了珍珠的價值,當然還取決於珍珠的光澤、透明度、形狀、暈彩度等等。

南洋珍珠只能靠海洋捕撈,資源有限,而且養殖週期長、難度大,搜尋一顆完美的南洋珠就像追尋難覓的夢歷盡著艱辛,無論從珍貴度還是價格上都堪稱,珍珠之后。

澳洲珍珠總匯(Aus­tralian Pearl Divers)收有多系列的澳寶和珍珠首飾。除了工廠直銷外,並擁有專業的加工廠和珠寶設計人員,保證了每一件精品在訂製過程中的品質、價格以及完美程度。其皇家系列得到英國皇室的青睞,在威廉王子與凱瑟琳大婚之時所佩戴的珍珠項鍊以及查理斯王子的夫人凱米拉王妃所佩戴的胸針都是來自該品牌獨一無二的設計。

A“Pearls are al­ways ap­pro­pri­ate. -- Jac­que­line Kennedy

s a string of pearls ex­udes a sim­ple el­e­gance it is hard to imag­ine that as­sem­bling a per­fect strand of lus­trous beads in­volves such an ar­du­ous and costly process. Yet a per­fect strand of pearls may take years to as­sem­ble, re­quir­ing a process of sort­ing through thou­sands of pearls to lo­cate the ones with the per­fect shape, colour and tex­ture.

Since the de­ple­tion of seabeds about a cen­tury ago, nat­u­ral pearls have be­come ex­tremely rare; they are a chance prod­uct of the whims of na­ture. In the 1920s Mr Miki­moto Ko­kichi in­vented a method of cul­tur­ing pearls with the vi­sion that pearls ‘be af­ford­able for ev­ery woman’. This vi­sion ma­te­ri­alised in the 1960s. The artistry of pearl cul­tur­ing be­gins with pearl divers who col­lect wild oys­ters from the pris­tine wa­ters off the North­ern Ter­ri­tory. The oys­ters are seeded in a del­i­cate pro­ce­dure to sur­gi­cally im­plant a nu­cleus. The oys­ter will then pro­ceed to se­crete nacre, an in­ner shell sub­stance for up to two to three years, ac­cu­mu­lat­ing lay­ers to pro­duce a lus­trous gem and con­se­quently birthing a won­drous new pearl.

There are sev­eral types of pearls, the Aus­tralian South Sea Pearl, Black Tahi­tian Pearl, Akoya Pearl and Pure Pearls be­ing the main types.

The Aus­tralian South Sea Pearl is the "Queen" of pearls and is cul­ti­vated from the Pinc­tada max­ima mol­lusc, the largest and most highly prized pearl oys­ters that can grow up to 20mm in di­am­e­ter. These pure trans­par­ent pearls known as “ori­ent” com­bine with pas­tel hues in­clud­ing sil­ver, rose, white rose gold and white gold to pro­duce qual­ity gems of un­sur­passed beauty. An­other much sought-af­ter pearl is the rare cham­pagne gold pearl pro­duced from gold-lipped oys­ter shells.

The ex­otic Black Tahi­tian Pearls, or the Black-lip pearl oys­ter found in the South Pa­cific range in size from 8-18mm in di­am­e­ter and come in a re­mark­able spec­trum of colours from creamy white, green, aubergine and black. The darker the pearl, the higher its com­mer­cial value.

Akoya pearls are cul­tured from Akoya oys­ters which grow in the salt wa­ters of China, Korea and Ja­pan. The Akoya oys­ter is the small­est pearl­pro­duc­ing oys­ter in the world and Akoya pearls are often avail­able in sizes of 3 – 10mm, the most pop­u­lar size be­ing 6-8mm. These pearls are prized for their lus­trous rich hues of white, cream, yel­low and sil­very blue.

The cheap­est of the pearls are pure pearls, found in fresh wa­ter lakes around the world. They are culi­ti­vated in fresh wa­ter mus­sels, that pro­duce nu­mer­ous pearls per shell. These pearls come in a wide spec­trum of colours from white, cham­pagne, cream, or­ange, pink, pur­ple, lilac, mauve, dark blue and brown.

Aus­tralian Pearl Divers en­tered the pres­ti­gious pearl in­dus­try as jew­ellery whole­salers in 1967. In the early 1990s, a pearl work­shop was opened to the pub­lic pro­vid­ing pearls di­rectly from the farm. Its rep­u­ta­tion quickly spread through word of mouth and is now one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing in­ter­na­tional pearl sup­pli­ers. Aus­tralian Pearl Divers has be­come the go-to place for en­chant­ing ready-made pieces or daz­zling com­mis­sioned en­sem­bles fit for roy­alty – lit­er­ally. Aus­tralian Pearl Divers have been com­mis­sioned to de­sign and man­u­fac­ture pieces for dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing the Duke of Cam­bridge, the Duchess of Cam­bridge, the King of Morocco as well as Den­mark’s Crown Princess Mary. An el­e­gant hand­made pen­dant with Aus­tralian South Sea Pearl dressed in 18k white gold and em­bel­lished with golden sap­phire, com­mis­sioned by the Aus­tralian Monar­chist League in cel­e­bra­tion of the most re­cent Royal Wed­ding is a fine ex­am­ple of the il­lus­tri­ous work­man­ship of the crafts­men at Aus­tralian Pearl Divers.

澳洲澳寶珍珠總匯Aus­tralian Pearl Divers and Opal Cut­ters L3, 295-301 Pitt Street Sydney , NSW 2000 02 9261 2442

澳洲皇室委員會指定英王珠寶設計師查理斯王子太太卡米拉胸針設計

HRH Prince Wil­liam and Cather­ine Royal Cuf­flinks and neck­lace de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by Aus­tralian Pearl Diver­s威廉王子与夫人凱瑟琳婚禮所佩戴珍珠項鏈及袖口鈕由Aus­tralian Pearl Diver­s設計打造

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