The word baroque comes from the Portuguese word “barroco,” which refers to a pearl with an elaborate shape. It was during the Baroque era that these non-round pearls were first used in jewelry, hence the name, which doubles as a reference to the luxuriant art and architecture of the period.
The “perfectly imperfect” baroque pearls that Assael uses feature some of the most lustrous, mirror-like surfaces on the market in sizes as large as 20 mm per pearl from South Sea oysters. The curves of these pearls let light dance off surfaces in a majestically silent fireworks-like display of iridescent rainbow colors.
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