Pearl culturing gets ever more sophisticated but sometimes the mollusc just says 'blow this, I'm doing my own thing'. The result can be a large baroque pearl, familiar to the Romans and Elizabethans.
Cheap baroques have pits, cracks, holes, and miscolouration - flaws unacceptable today. These baroques have the uneven shape and surface of natural pearls, but not the defects of their poorer cousins.
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Like teardrop pearls, baroques are measured across their width - not along their length.
Note: Whilst we match the earring pair as closely as possible, being naturally formed baroques, they won't be identical.
Large baroques display a beautiful, shiny, silvery lustre. In natural daylight, they might exhibit the legendary 'pearl orient' - a kaleidoscope of colours that shimmer on the surface like the rainbow effect seen on a large soap bubble.
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer c.1665