Pearls



U.K.’s Orchira Makes U.S. DebutSix-year-old Edinburgh, U.K.–based pearl jewelry maker Orchira Pearls has entered into an exclusive distribution relationship with Basant Johari, president of Kuber Manufacturing in New York City. Johari will sell the brand’s jewelry in the United States and the Caribbean. According to Johari, Orchira already has numerous clients in Europe and Japan and is launching stateside to fill the “market gap for high-level branded pearl ­jewelry,” he says. “In the USA, no brands can match the breadth of our designs.”Orchira jewelry features freshwater pearls—though plans exist to launch Tahitians and South Seas—in sterling silver, 18k gold vermeil, and 14k and 18k gold. Gemstone accents include amethyst, citrine, chalcedony, and more. (Suggested retail prices start at $19.99.) What sets Orchira pearl ­jewelry apart from others? “A generous volu
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