Taking inspiration from the Yoko pearls collections…
The history of the Yoko pearl family dates back to 1740 when Nadir Shah of Persia asked the family to safeguard his collection of jewels, later Mehdi Hakiman moves to England to further their jewellery business of both gemstones and pearls. Yoko is a family business passed down through the generations, an inspiration of heritage and family history.
In 1990 Yoko begins to source pearls from pearl farms, sourcing the rarest and largest in production.
The Flowers of the Fields of France
This lavish jewel-like gown was made in 1957 by Norman Hartnell, dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen wore the ivory evening dress on a state visit to Paris, with a white handbag and a fur stole. The dazzling gold and white bead embrodiary signal to the emblem of Napoleon with miniature bees, grasses, wheat and wild flowers, worked in relief in faceted glass, gold beads in variously shaped pearls.
Jewels by JAR at the Metroplitan Museum of Art
For the first time in the United States, Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will show more than 300 of Joel Arthur Rosenthal’s objects d’art. From November 20 2013, through March 9, 2014 Jewels by JAR will display the mythical designer’s masterworks.
This necklace made in Kent, England by Henry Wilson ca. 1910. Gold, set with star rubies, emeralds, moonstones, enamel, seed pearls and pearl drops. A more recent piece taking inspiration from historical themes. The design consists of both seed and drop pearls that have a baroque shape.
Courtesy of V&A online collections