Pearls of wisdom
Sarah Gittoes and Robert Grynkofki have been giving life to precious pieces in silver and gold for close to eight years. The understated pieces they create for their label Sarah & Sebastian are a meditation on minimalism, so when they took to pearls, they gave them a new patina: experimental, raw and precious all at once. An avid scuba diver herself, Gittoes shares how to wear them now … and it’s a long way from the heirloom jewellery box.
Vogue: What sets pearls apart?
Sarah Gittoes: “They are delicate, light and have an understated luxury that resonates with us. The visual softness and organic contrast with metal is beautiful.” Vogue: What would you say to women who might associate pearls with older, more traditional jewellery?
SG: “We have quite an unconventional approach when it comes to pearls in the way they are worn and set. It all comes down to personal style and having fun. The colour of pearls makes it so easy to style back with jeans and a T-shirt, or to create a more elevated look.” Vogue: How do you avoid pearls looking dated? SG: “The inclusion of pearls in our earrings steers clearr of an out-dated approach. We prefer asymmetricalal styles and encourage the pearl to be worn singularly.” ” Vogue: How should you wear them on an occasion versus off-duty?
SG: “A single pearl layered with other pieces creates texture and achieves an off-duty look. Keeping it simple can feel more suitable for an occasion. Pieces made with fine metals like silver and nine-karat gold are definitely the most versatile and understated and could easily take you from day to night.” Vogue: How do you look after pearls?
SG: “A simple wipe down with a soft cloth and warm water after wearing will keep pearls free from dirt and protect their lustrous outer layer. Keep pearls away from any harsh chemical such as soaps, perfume and hairspray. If you’re getting ready for a night out, make sure your pearl piece is always the finishing touch.”
Sarah & Sebastian earring, $295, ring, $620, and necklace, $360.