Pearl jewellery is set for another big year in 2012 and this is due, in no small part, to its enduring popularity spanning back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Pearl necklaces, earrings, pendants and bracelets all make for an excellent accompaniment to any outfit but which types of pearls are likely to be the most sought after varieties in 2012?
The top 5 tops of pearl jewellery for the next 12 months are...
In at number 5:
Akoya Pearls – An extremely striking and eye-catching form of pearl jewellery, Akoya pearls herald from Japan and their elegance and style precedes them. There are not many occasions that Akoya pearls wouldn't suit and it isn't surprising that 2012 is set to be another big year for this type of jewellery. See some breath taking Akoya pearls for yourself below:
Coming in at number 4:
Freshwater Pearls – The vast majority of freshwater pearls originate in China but some still come from Japan and the United States. Regardless of where they are from, freshwater pearls all have one thing in common – they are one of the most spectacular forms of pearls available. If you're after a head-turning pearl necklace or a luxurious pair of pearl earrings, you won't need to look much further than freshwater pearls – and this is why they have secured the number 4 position in the top 5 types of pearl jewellery to look out for in 2012. See a freshwater pearl necklace for yourself below:
Securing the number 3 position:
Pink Pearls – A slightly less common variety of pearl jewellery but certainly no less striking, pink pearls deservedly take their position in third place for the types of jewellery to be on the lookout for in 2012. Whilst they are called pink pearls, don't expect them to be a shocking or vibrant pink, they will be a much more understated hue with only a slight pink colouration – a subtly that makes them a particular favourite amongst celebrities. Check out the beautiful pink pearls below:
In the runner up, number 2 spot:
Tahitian Pearls – These breathtakingly beautiful jewels originate in the South Pacific and you cannot help but be bowled over by their immense visual appeal and incredible elegance. Available in a number of different hues, such as grey, silver and even aubergine, it is little wonder that Tahitian pearls are one of the most popular on the market due to their superb diversity. These types of pearls look great with earrings, pendants, necklaces or any type of fashion accessory you can think of. Take a look at some baroque Tahitian pearl earrings below:
Taking the much heralded number 1 position:
South Sea Pearls – Harvested predominantly in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, South Sea pearls are generally considered to be the most valuable form of this commodity currently on the marketplace – and this is a fact which is reflected in their considerable natural beauty. 2012 is going to be a massive year for all types of pearl jewellery but South Sea pearls are likely to be the leading light so far as pearls are concerned. See a few different types of South Sea pearls – including a stunning pair of pearl earrings:
So, there you have it, the top 5 forms of pearl jewellery to look out for in 2012! But which is your favourite?
All images courtesy of Winterson Pearl Jewellery