Baroque Pearl: The Unconventional Beauty


Baroque pearls are not as expensive as the perfectly round ones, but their beauty is as striking as that of the Tahitian and Keshi pearls. Sometimes, this type of sea mineral is worth more than the most perfect pearls, as in the case of the famous teardrop Hope pearl or La Peregrina. Baroque pearls are truly unique thanks to them being formed asymmetrically, which makes it is impossible to find identical pairs.


Many jewellers and brands choose to work with this material in order to reveal and highlight its beauty. Spurred by their imagination, designers turn what first seems to be an “ugly duckling” into a beautiful swan by creating inimitable jewellery. Due to the unconventional shape, each baroque pearl boasts its own “character,” which jewellers play around with and emphasise in the best way possible through exquisite creations. Some minerals, which are larger than average in size, are used by designers as a central element of a jewel the way Mikimoto did with their white gold and diamonds ring or Yvel with their yellow gold piece. Sea gems, smaller in size, are used to decorate some parts of a jewel or all over its surface like Andre Marcha did on his bracelet. There are still many more possibilities for design; so some jewellers inlay a baroque pearl into metal to create a silhouette of a bejewelled animal, bird, flower, fish and other inhabitants of flora and fauna as Buccellati tends to do in their wide range of brooches.


Baroque pearls of different colours and shapes are striking on their own; this is why they look equally alluring in both a simple design and as a part of a complex composition. What looks more attractive is a matter of taste and this gallery may help you decide on the style your prefer.