The World’s Rarest Strand of Pearls

Margot McKinney, is the proud and passionate designer of what is believed to be the world’s rarest strand of South Sea Pearls, valued at approximately $3.8 million.

The strand was launched at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival on Wednesday 30th August, accentuating a bridal gown designed by bespoke Brisbane couturier, Paul Hunt.

Ms McKinney, a fourth-generation jeweller and internationally recognised precious gem designer, has very aptly named this extraordinarily rare and lustrous piece, 'Once in a Blue Moon'.

The strand comprises 26 pearls of 18-21mm in diameter; a size that is extremely rare and which can only be produced in pristine Australian waters. These particular pearls were grown in East Arnhem Land by fifth-generation pearl dealer and long-time friend of McKinney, Aji Ellies.

Only one perfectly round pearl, the pearl featured as the pendant on McKinney’s necklace, has exceeded 20mm in diameter in the past two years. This pearl has enabled the set to be completed, being suspended from a stunning detachable tanzanite and diamond pendant.

Accompanying this masterpiece is a set of tanzanite and diamond earrings, which are interchangeable with perfectly matched South Sea pearl drop earrings.

Margot is taking Once in a Blue Moon to the highly acclaimed Crystal Charity Ball Neiman Marcus Fashion Parade in Dallas, Texas next month where already it is receiving much attention.

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