Baroque pearls become tantalising talismans in pearl charm pendants from MoonTree Baby. Founders and sisters Pacharee Sophie and Kunthalee Vera draw on their family’s gemological experience for technically accomplished and fun jewellery.
‘We were brought up by our father who is a genius of a gemologist – he invented new stone-cutting and heat-treatment techniques as well as helped pioneer the farming of certain pearls. We grew up around rare gemstones and pearls from all around the world,’ says Vera. ‘Our father used to tell us mysterious stories and facts about them, and this charm collection is inspired by those stories and the power of gemstones, as well as how jewellery can promote positivity and ignite imaginations.’
The jewellery designers were drawn to baroque pearls for their singularity, celebrating their asymmetrical forms with a profusion of hand-cut gemstones, shaped into mystical symbols and appearing to sink into the velvety pearl clouds wherever they randomly fall. ‘The gemstones are hand-assembled onto the rare irregular-shaped baroque pearls – as the pearls vary so much in both size and texture, it requires an incredibly high level of craftsmanship for production,’ Vera adds.
Each unique piece incorporates gemstones in a multitude of hues, including amethyst, ruby, sapphire, peridot and emerald, which are then set into 18ct gold-plated sterling silver or solid 18ct gold. ‘Just like our own fingerprints, each and every baroque pearl has its own identity and uniqueness, which is what we love about working with them. It means every piece we make is one-of-a-kind,’ says Vera.
‘Our jewellery is inspired by the universe around us and all within it. We create jewellery that ignites imagination and sparks mystic connection with all, regardless of gender or age. Our jewellery is designed to be meaningful, mystical and fun.’
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Hannah Silver is the Art, Culture, Watches & Jewellery Editor of Wallpaper*. Since joining in 2019, she has overseen offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, and written extensively across the worlds of culture and luxury. She enjoys meeting artists and designers, viewing exhibitions and conducting interviews on her frequent travels.
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