“Pearls go on and on . . . on everything,” Vogue declared in 1943.
The story of how Cartier got their NYC property…
Mrs. Plant lusted after the most expensive pearl necklace in the world, and to get them, she traded her mansion! In 1916 the residence on the corner of 54th and 5th avenue in NYC was home to the wealthy Plant family. Due to the prime location of the home the Cartier company was very interested in buying the residence. The asking price of both the mansion and the necklace were around one million dollars (equivalent to $18,693,500 in 2017), so a deal was struck and to this day Cartier still resides in the Plant mansion. Who do you think got the better deal?
The natural pearl is formed when a mollusk reacts to an irritant, and in defense the mollusk creates a pearl sac around the object. Pearls can now be cultured, so finding a strand of perfectly matched natural pearls is very rare, making them an expensive and sought after item. This amazing natural event creates an object of wonderment and value that has existed since ancient times.
It was Coco Chanel, in the 1930’s, who showed us how to wear pearls in modern times. "I gave women a sense of freedom," she once said. Pearls are definitely one of a girls best friend; they are easy to wear and hold a special place in every jewelry lovers heart. Lady Sarah Churchill said, “I feel undressed if I don't have my pearls on. My pearls are my security blanket.” With their luminous luster and varying color and sizes, you can be a royal like Queen Elizabeth or a rock star like Rhianna and find the perfect way to showcase your pearls.