On Saturday 21 September 2013, London's V&A Museum opened the doors to its much-anticipated new exhibition: Pearls. Ahead of the big reveal, Maria Doulton visited the Kensington museum for a preview of the exhibition's stand-out pieces and to speak to its curators, Beatriz Chadour-Sampson and Hubert Bari.

In collaboration with the Qatar Museums Authority, the exhibition, which runs until 19 January 2014, delves into the long and distinguished history of the pearl, showcasing a variety of gems, from ancient specimens to modern-day jewels. A number of exceptional pearl ceations are included in the exhibition, including Hemmerle's spectacular Trantula brooch, which features a 111.76ct dark brown conch pearl, a pearl necklace owned by Marilyn Monroe, the single pearl earring worn by Charles I on his execution and a spectacular Cartier necklace made up of five graduated strands of natural Gulf pearls.


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Since founding The Jewellery Editor in 2010, we have grown our digital magazine to be the number one global source of information and inspiration for fine jewellery and luxury watches.

3,500 articles, 150 videos with over 5 million views and a reach of over 2 million per month on social media later, we have offered unparalleled and highly respected coverage of our sector. However, despite our editorial success, we are financially struggling as an independent publisher.

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