Baroque Pearl

Irregularly Shaped Pearls Used in Antique Jewelry

Baroque pearl necklace
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Definition: a type of pearl, natural or cultured, freshwater or saltwater, that is asymmetrical in shape and uneven in texture, as opposed to forming a perfect smooth sphere; while the name derives from the Italian barocco or the Portuguese barroco - both meaning "imperfect pearl" - these pearls were highly popular in the Baroque period and later Renaissance, as well as in Renaissance Revival in the mid-19th century; shape applies to natural pearls and also glass pearls used in costume jewelry by designers such as Miriam Haskell and Coco Chanel from the 1930s onward.

Pronunciation: bah-roak

Example: In the late 1500s and early 1600s, jewelers often fashioned entire brooches or pendants around a single, large baroque pearl, using it to suggest a fantastically creature's head or body.