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2017 Couture Design Awards- Best In Pearls

A Basket of Pearls

Best In Pearls

During a recent visit to the Far East, Orna and Isaac Levy, founders of Yvel, discovered a rare trove of pearls hidden away in an Indonesian pearl farm. This once in a lifetime discovery led to the design of a stunning new collection, out of which came the winner of the 2017 Couture Awards – Best in Pearls.

Isaac Levy recalls: While looking for pearls to adorn our next collection, I came across a very old pearl farmer sitting in the shade bent over his basket. As I approached him I saw that he was peering down sadly at his small collection of pearls. The man looked up and said: “No one wants to buy my pearls; they have shapes that no one can use.” I looked into his basket and saw the most unusual collection of natural Keshi pearls that I had ever laid eyes on. Handling them, I began to imagine the exquisite pieces of jewelry that I could design around them. The old man listened as I tried to explain to him what I could do with this amazing discovery. When I finished talking he handed me his basket and said: “Take them. I have faith in your taste and intuition. Pay me whenever you make something with them.”

From each one of these unique pearls we fashioned a one-of-a-kind bracelet, enhanced with diamonds and set in 18k gold. Seeing the beauty and uniqueness of these pieces, I sent the elderly pearl farmer the amount that I thought he deserved in payment for his basket of pearls. A few days later I received a phone call, but I couldn’t hear anyone on the line. “Who is this?” I asked. Steeped in emotion I heard the broken voice of an old man and through his tears I managed to understand his name. It was the pearl farmer.

This award-winning, one-of-a-kind bracelet is crafted from 18k white gold and features a rare 20mm by 38mm natural pearl enhanced with diamonds.

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