Pearls have taken such a wonderfully modern turn, it’s a thrill to see what jewelry designers may do with it next. This collection from W.Rosado is exceptionally noteworthy, because it combines the modern sensibility of pearl with a very in-demand category right now—personalized jewelry.
The Pearl ID collection takes Australian South Sea pearls and embeds them with 18k yellow gold letters and symbols—some available with pavé diamonds—for customizable combinations that provide ample opportunity for customers to wear their pearls their way.
“I have always loved pearls—their natural, organic quality and the fact that they are so precious and rare—and I realized that I had an opportunity to do something totally unique,” says Wilfredo Rosado, who debuted his high jewelry collection in 2011. “I love taking something classic and modernizing it. Seeing everyone from Harry Styles to Kamala Harris wearing pearls is incredibly inspiring.”
With Pearl ID, each pearl presents a single initial, symbol, or gemstone. Choose one, and you’ve got a splendidly simple piece that goes well with anything (though in some cases, the single pearl style is anything but simple—see the ring pictured at top as proof).
Choose a piece featuring multiple pearls, and spell out names or words, like the four-pearl drop Love necklace (pictured above) worn by Sandra Oh at the 2020 Emmy Awards.
The collection also offers pearls emblazoned with popular icons and symbols—hearts, stars, religious icons. It’s an apt time for a line such as this, and this one comes in many forms—even a brooch, an example of which is above and probably one of the coolest pieces I’ve seen all year.
“In general, people love to personalize their jewelry and wear something with meaning, this is part of how I came up with the inspiration for Pearl ID,” says Rosado. “I think consumers are looking to get more out of their purchases right now, and this concept is taking on an even deeper importance. Not only are you making an investment, you are putting the time and energy in to create something specially designed for yourself or a loved one.”
Top: Cannibis leaf ring in 18k white gold and green nano-ceramic finish with Australian South Sea pearls and diamonds, $15,620; W.RosadoFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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