Every girl needs a string of pearls. Actually, every girl needs a diamond or two, but who’s counting eh? ;) Well, I like pearls. A long string of pearls or a pearl choker lends an air of elegance unrivalled by any other bling. Somehow, to me it screams “I don’t need bling to look glamorous!” and with pearls on, you don’t.
A nice string of pearls can be very pricey though so most times, I’m just looking and gawking at places like Mikimoto, but never daring to touch. However, one day, while my mom and I were doing a spot of shopping, we came across a Shinju Pearls counter at Isetan (The Gardens) where we saw a long string of pearls that caught our eye. It was exactly what we were looking for, and imagine our surprise when we saw that it only cost RM99 for the long strand.
Since we aren’t the sort with bottomless wallets, we thought RM99 for a long string of freshwater pearls that can be worn in any number of ways, was a great deal. We experimented with wearing it as a double strand, triple strand, knotted, tied with ribbon and worn as a choker … the possibilities were endless and limited only by your imagination! Ok, so you don’t wrap it around your wrist like it did, but yes, that’s all one strand of pearls :)
I am assured that the pearls used are genuine freshwater pearls cultivated in Sabah and made in Malaysia. If you inspect the pearls carefully, you will notice that all the pearls in the RM99 strand are different, irregular and have stryations or slight imperfections on them. They are not perfect pearls in the sense of being uniformly large and perfectly round, but they are pearls, and they do it for me as they have that pearly lustre and glow and feel cool to the touch. I can wear them on an everyday basis without fear of them getting lost or stolen and that is enough for me. No point buying something large and expensive that I can only wear once or twice in a year, right?
There are numerous other designs and colours available too but I opted for the natural creamy pearly white ones because I felt they were most versatile. I was also quite taken in by a strand that had dark coloured pearls on it so I might take another look again the next time I’m in the area.
I also purchased a pair of delicate looking pearl drop earrings at RM55 that I thought was quite lovely. The metal is rhodium and there are sparkly bits of rhinestone embedded in it, but what I really liked was the teardrop shaped pearl hanging from it. It actually looks more expensive than the price belies. I’ve worn it a few times now and it lends an air of elegance to most of my outfits and did not break my bank – awesome!
Shinju Pearls does have more perfect looking pearls on chokers but they do cost more too – RM200 upwards for a short choker – and they have other jewellery too including those made from stone or crystals. I tried on a few items and I find that their prices are quite fair and affordable for the woman on the street who wants something nice without having to break the bank to get it. For now, I’ve only visited the counter at Isetan at The Gardens and I’m told that there is a stand alone store at Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur with more choices. Some day, I’ll pop by there to take a look.
Now, I know where I can get my fix of inexpensive jewellery the next time I have something formal and need a new piece of jewellery or two; and now you know where you can find some affordable pearl jewellery for yourself! :)
P/S The pearls look amazing under low light conditions – my mom was super duper pleased with her purchase :D
Note: This was written from the point of view of a purchaser. I am not an expert and I do not claim to be one. I like it, I buy it. If it doesn’t do it for you, that’s alright because I’m not selling anything anyway!