Vermeer had the right idea:
The austere lighting.
Inspirational on so many levels, a photo shoot with Steve Pelosi of Pelosi Photo provided the opportunity to discover her again and to provide an interesting palette to showcase my contemporary earring designs.
This pearl happens to look exactly like the one in Vermeer's painting.
However, this pearl is cultured in China. Not an option in Vermeer's day.
We strive to keep a couple pairs in stock because let's face it, that's a pearl that endures.
Please contact us if you are interested. Each pair is one of a kind and they don't linger long in the inventory! We'll be glad to send you a shot of whatever we have on hand.
Originally posted in August of 2014, the post is still fresh as the color Christian Dior so adored..
Gray is still relevant. And going strong,
We love the gray of pearls and the gray of satin sterling.
We love the gray of doves and black and white photography. We love grays warm and cool.
Looking back, several of these pieces have become Katura best sellers.
Here's the post again updated with some new imagery. Enjoy!
"The most convenient, useful, and elegant neutral color.
Lovely in flannel, lovely in tweed, lovely in wool.
And, if it suits your complexion, there is nothing more elegant than a wonderful, gray satin evening dress. For day frocks, suits, and coats it is ideal. I would always advise it.
And many people who cannot wear black can wear a dark gray. (Remember that if you are big you must choose a dark gray and if you are petite a light gray is better for you.)
It is the most convenient color, too for people who live half in town and half in the country because, with different accessories, a gray suit or coat may be equally suitable, for both. It is a good color for accessories, too --- almost anything goes with gray. White is perhaps the freshest and sweetest contrast but it is safe to say that whatever your favorite color is, you can safely wear it with gray."
"Lovely in flannel, lovely in tweed, lovely in wool..."
And might I add lovely in pearls, lovely in silver, lovely in shagreen and lovely in leather.
In short, I can't get enough of it.
So thank you Mr. Dior for codifying gray. And in such practical ways.
Gray is always rich. Gray in pearls is always a chameleon. When you look into a gray pearl you can see green and violet, pink and blue. Gray is a naturally occurring color in both cultured and natural freshwater pearls and also South Seas and Tahitians.
I do feel as though I have a running Net-a-Porter fashion show as appointments come and go from the studio. I'm seeing a lot of gray these days and it has been on the radar a very long time. Whether in linen, sheer cottons or cashmere... it always piques my interest in wardrobe and accessories and recently I made an excellent buy on some gray pearls that were talking to me. What were they saying? I couldn't say for sure but I think there were murmurings about Dior and I'm pretty sure these pearls had a French accent.
They ended up on my bench and I took his advice to heart.
Dior's "freshest and sweetest contrast" works so well with pearls. Silvery gray and cercle'd white freshwater pearls in these pieces. Lots of contrast: warm and cool, long ovals and squatty rounds, shiny and subtle. One of our best selling pearl earrings was also composed of the gray and white combination. Currently out of stock, I hope to be able to source the gray baroques by the end of summer. Please let me know of your interest if you'd like a pair. They don't linger long in inventory.
" ...it is safe to say that whatever your favorite color is, you can safely wear it with gray."
Pink? Orange? Green? Blue?
Or put another way: Sapphires? Cornelian? Peridot? Sapphires?
Last, but certainly not least... diamonds.
All of the above are on the bench. All work amazingly well.
And here are just a few examples of how delightful gray is with rough diamonds.
There are more musings on gray and Mr. Dior in my drafts folder.
So until we meet again... there's a parting shot that epitomizes the quietness of a monochromatic palette. And what colors do you see when you look into these pearls?