A Passion for Pearls

Tonight Frances Benton delighted us with a lively and informative talk on A Passion For Pearls. Her talk included the science behind how the pearls form, the history of how pearls began to be cultured, how to identify fakes and much, much more! She helped to dispel some of the myths surrounding how Cultured pearls are seeded and the reason behind the rarity of Natural pearls. Fake or real, Frances also explained the best way to look after and care for our pearls so that we, and future generations, may enjoy their beauty.

What Frances fondly describes as her “hobby” spanned three tables and included pearls of all colours, shapes and sizes! Her passion was definitely infectious and I know that lots of us went home bejewelled in some of her creations. Our purchases came with the added bonus of knowing that the profits are donated to a well deserving charity too.

Frances also generously donated a pair of her beautiful pearl earrings as a prize for our raffle. The earrings were won by a surprised and delighted member who I’m sure will thoroughly enjoy wearing them.

Thank you for an excellent evening Frances and I’m sure we will all now be caring for our pearls morning, noon and night!


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