Designed and crafted by Orchira UK, the “Irresistible Ivory” pearl necklace from the new  “Embrace” collection was presented for the first time at the Miss Universe Great Britain 2013 finale which took place on June 8, 2013 at The Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham where Amy Willerton from Bristol was crowned.

The Orchira signature sumptuous twelve strand pearl necklace, features over 1400 high lustre baroque white pearls secured with a sterling silver tube clasp and can be worn loose or twisted to create different length and looks.

Roman women adorned furniture and gowns with pearls and liked to sleep with pearls so “their dreams would be filled with lustrous gems.”

Caligula wore slippers covered with pearls and draped a pearl necklace around the neck of his favorite horse Incitatus; Nero decorated his scepter and Constantine his helmet with pearls; and one of reasons why Julius Caesar invaded Britain in 55 B.C. was to get his hand on freshwater pearls from Scotland. The Roman general Vitellus paid for an entire military campaigns by selling one of his mothers pearls.  

Freshwater pearls have been used in jewellery worn by Diamond Li Russell at the turn of the 20th century and in multi strand toussades designed by Paloma Picasso. But for the most part they were not taken seriously.  Pearl jewellery market was  created only in early 1990s when Japanese pearl production declined as a result of an oyster diseases and Chinese scientists figured out how to make quality freshwater pearls.


Our this year cover model, Amy Willerton, who we sponsored on  Miss Universe Great Britain 2013, is in the Australian jungle as part of the ITV reality show I’m a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here! The 21-year-old beauty qeeen, jetted in from Moscow where she was competing in the global Miss Universe modelling competition to join I’m A Celebrity.  But before she enters the jungle camp, here are a few curious facts about Amy:

  1. Her first shot to fame was as the winner of Katie Price’s TV reality show, “Signed by Katie Price”, two years ago, but subsequently she refused to sign up with the star, instead choosing to forge a career on her own.
  2. She was first crowned Miss Bristol at age 17, Miss Bath the year after and and Miss London last year. Currently, Miss Great Britain  she is the first UK contestant in 30 years to reach the Top 10 at Miss Universe after being placed in the semi-finals this year.
  3. She dated multi-millionaire diamond dealer Mohamed Shawesh for two years after modelling his jewellery – but they broke up on holiday this year and are sharing custody of their dog Yogi.
  4. She has been modeling and participated in the charity auction for Orchira pearl jewellery and became the new face of Orchira in 2013.
  5. She is single and well up for a jungle romance, as she is called herself “completely and utterly single”. She isn’t afraid of spiders, but terrified of china dolls.

Also actor Carlos Ribeiro, presenter Matthew Wright, singer Kian Egan, Olympian Rebecca Adlington, soap stars Laila Morse and Lucy Pargeter and royal dress designer David Emmanue will be in the jungle with model Amy Willerton.

The show starts this Sunday,  17 November at 9pm on ITV1.

At one of those last minute dress-ups, are you struggle to find something unique to complement your outfit - a brooch is for the rescue. Brooches are an excellent way to accessorise yourself and to add that final magical touch that will complete the look. Here is one of our favorites and one of the very popular designs of flower bouquet pearl brooches, composed of colourful oval shaped pearls