Did you know that many thousands years ago, long before written history, human beings probably discovered the first pearl while searching the seashore for food. Throughout history, the pearl, with its warm inner glow and shimmering iridescence, has been one of the most highly prized and sought-after gems. In 1916, famed French jeweler Jacques Cartier bought his landmark store on New York’s famous Fifth Avenue – by trading pearl necklaces for the valuable property.
In the fashion industry, the pearl necklace or “sautoir” has always been a beautiful story with iconic designers. Gabrielle Chanel started making costume jewelry in the 1920’s including famous sautoirs, pearls and massive crosses, earrings and camellia brooches.
Moi Concept Store just recently added to their repertoire beautiful sautoirs made by talented Melissa Kandiyoti. Each piece is custom made with beautiful Swarovski crystals and pearls. Their atelier is located in the heart of Paris. We had the pleasure of touring it in our last trip to Europe with Melissa. The pearl should be part of every women’s accessory! Let us help you choose the best one for you or be adventurous and wear multiple sautoirs for an accented look.
We also select many jewelry pieces from Alcozer with pearls. We love pearls in earrings and bracelets. As the legendary Coco Chanel said “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls”. We could not agree more!