Mikimoto is well-known for creating some of the finest cultured pearl jewelry in the world ... we'd say this White South Sea pearl and diamond ring is one of them!
Worn by Jennifer Lopez during her Georgia wedding to Ben Affleck, the pearl looks to measure around 13-14 mm (but of course it's impossible to tell from pictures alone), a beautifully large and luxurious South Sea pearl size.
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Far be it from us to simp for celebrities ... it's not really our thing (as readers of our newsletter and blog can attest to). We are usually much more interested in showcasing our singular obsession: Pearls.
That said, the nuptials of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were so pearl laden, and the newlyweds seem so much in love and the pictures were SO great, that we couldn't resist dedicating an entire piece to them here.
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During their "official" wedding (they had 2 events - one in Las Vegas, one 3-day affair in Georgia), Jennifer Lopez had multiple gowns custom-made for her by design house Ralph Lauren, and pearls featured prominently in each.
Here she is behind a cathedral veil wearing a pair of Mikimoto White South Sea pearl and diamond earrings. Beautiful.
Every bride needs a pair of pearl earrings for her wedding day. Whether she chooses to dazzle like J. Lo with South Sea pearls and diamonds, or opt for a minimalist and modern look with a pair of timeless pearl stud earrings, as Jackie Kennedy says: "Pearls are always appropriate."
A similar pair of White South Sea Pearl and Diamond Earrings can be found here.
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The full ensemble is pictured here showcasing her luxurious gown and the matching White South Sea pearl and diamond ring by Mikimoto which we featured above.
Pearl engagement rings have become a trend in recent years, with celebrities like J. Lo, Ariana Grande and Emma Stone all getting engaged and married with a pearl on their finger. Who could blame them? Pearls have always symbolized everything we associate with marriage: Love, Romance, Innocence, Purity and Wisdom.
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This is maybe our most favorite wedding dress ever made. Full stop. Everything about this image just screams romance. And luster!
This custom-design gown was created by Ralph Lauren, with thirty artists working on the dress to hand-sew ropes of pearls, Swarovski crystals and silk tulle into place over a period of 700 hours (!!). A pair of pearl embellished heels by Jimmy Choo and some diamond earrings completed the look.
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The design sketches for her show stopping pearl wedding gown are almost as pretty as the real thing! For most photos of the making of this spectacular creation, visit Elle Magazine.
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We wish the happy couple all the best now that they've FINALLY gotten married; but as Jennifer has said about her romance with Ben: "We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient … Stick around long enough and maybe you'll find the best moment of your life in a drive through in Las Vegas at 12:30 in the morning in the tunnel of love drive through, with your kids and the one you'll spend forever with. Love is a great thing, maybe the best of things—and worth waiting for."
We couldn't have said it better.
Back to brides and their pearls though -
Pearls have always been a classic choice for weddings. According to popular folklore, wearing pearls as bridal jewelry brings joy into the lives of the newly married couple. Moreover, as a gem, they symbolize happiness, serenity and loyalty, and so are perfect for brides.
Pearl jewelry is effortlessly elegant and pairs just as well with a sophisticated, minimalist look as it does with opulent maximalism. For brides today, pearl jewelry means more than just a single-strand pearl necklace. Many brides are wearing pearl jewelry pieces that are crafted in bolder and more contemporary style.
For the bride who wants to find the ideal balance between expressing her individual flair while still adhering to the traditional bridal aesthetic, modern, beautiful pearl jewelry is the obvious answer ...
These exquisite pearl earrings add a touch of elegance to any occasion. These earrings feature two lustrous 11mm AAA quality White South Sea pearls, hand picked for their gorgeous luster and unblemished surface.
The mountings are comprised of of the finest quality 18K gold. All pearl earrings are approved by our staff of GIA pearl experts and come packaged in a beautiful jewelry box. Please view the options below to customize your product to your specifications.