Jersey Pearl have launch their latest collection, Ormer, made with sustainably sourced Jersey mother of pearl. The collection has taken three years of design development and technical investigation to adapt the incredibly thin and fragile ormer shell to jewellery.
Ormer shell has an important place in Jersey’s history. It has a unique sandy colour that holds rainbows of light. As a result, it was traditionally sought after for a variety of decorative items, from furniture and musical instruments to buttons and jewellery. Ormer shells are often displayed on Jersey walls and mantelpieces, and ormers themselves are considered a local delicacy, and can be fried, stewed, or pickled. Collecting ormers, or ‘ormering’, is also a much-loved part of island heritage. In fact, the ormerer-in-chief, Trevor Lecornu, is a third-generation harvester of these wonderful marine creatures, which he collects on only 28 days of the year. Jersey Pearl are committed to sustainable gathering of ormers; the jewellery and packaging are also carbon neutral.
At Jersey Pearl, they won’t be eating ormers, but they invite you to come and look at the wonderful and creative ways they are showcasing their beautiful mother of pearl. Set in rhodium plated or rose gold plated sterling silver and 9kt gold, and designed from an original concept by Alex Broad, each piece is an exquisite link to the past as we celebrate the present.
About Jersey Pearl:
For three generations, Jersey Pearl has celebrated marvellous memories with pearls. Grown with love, brought to life with design talent, our organic gems are second to none. We’re proud to be a British family business – the only one to buy directly from pearl farmers and use CarbonNeutral® pearls.