Dove of Peace
The pictures above and below are single rows, with shadows from a low sun.
Amethyst Jewelry details coming soon.
Our Pearl Jewelry:
In ancient days, pearls were the most expensive jewelry in the world, linked to the goddess of love (Aphrodite in Greece and Venus in Rome) and referenced in the sacred books of many religions.
The ancient Greeks believed lightning striking the sea resulted in a pearl. The Persians and Hindus thought drops of the moon fallen into the sea resulted in pearls.
The richest people used pearls in jewelry and even twisted them into their hair, had them sewn them onto their gowns or turbans, and used them to decorate book covers, royal caskets, and religious relics.
Legend says Cleopatra showed her love for Mark Antony by dissolving a large pearl into a glass of wine and drinking it. Legend says Julius Caesar loved pearls so much he invaded England, in part, for its pearls.
Legend also says Chief Powhatan wore a raccoon cloak and long strings of pearls when his daughter Pocahontas stopped him from executing John Smith.
The Roman general Vitellius financed an entire military campaign by selling just one of his mother’s pearl earrings. In the early 1900s, the jeweler Pierre Cartier bought a splendid six-story building on Fifth Avenue in New York by trading it for a two-strand pearl necklace.
In the 1800s and 1900s, the pearl trade devastated the world’s pearl oyster beds. Now these beds are very rare.
Europeans lusting for pearls often turned local fishermen into slaves. The best pearl divers could stay down for two or three minutes, but many pearl divers drowned.
Opening oysters for the rare saltwater pearls kills them, whether they have pearls inside or not. Imitation pearls are completely man-made, so they don’t interfere with marine environments.
Romans created imitation pearls with alabaster. In the 1400s, Venetian pearl sellers became so upset over imitation pearls, they made producing them illegal, punishable by cutting off the maker’s right hand and banishment from the land for 10 years.
We created this limited edition by adding our dove-of-peace pendant to the finest quality handmade imitation pearl necklace, bracelet, and earrings from Carolee, the international jewelry company famous for pearl and sterling silver creations.
High-end fashion lines like Lauren by Ralph Lauren, ABS by Allen Schwartz, Adrienne Vittadini, and high-end stores worldwide like Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Brook Brothers, and England’s John Lewis feature Carolee jewelry.
Carolee glass imitation pearls are covered with many layers of natural organic pearl essence, sealed, and polished by hand to create the high luster and iridescence of natural pearls.
The Parisian rosary-maker M. Jacquin discovered this time-honored technique in the late 1600s and the Italian glass masters of Murano practiced it in the 1800s.
Queen Elizabeth I (known as the Pearl Queen), the British royal family, Coco Chanel, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Barbara Bush all wore imitation pearls.
We need a few more pictures to show our amethyst jewelry because the look of translucent gems varies greatly in different lighting. We don’t want anyone to be disappointed, so we have added dark purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras beads to help show by contrast the true varying shades of the natural amethyst.