Ah, the luxury of stepping in to the V&A after hours, when the tourist crowd has faded away! Invited by Pond’s Institute, I could not resist stopping to enjoy their velvety, slightly rose-fragranced creams. A new one has just joined the family: Natural Beauty which uses green tea anti-oxidants to richly nurture the skin. A delight. Imagine the evening, the museum’s long hall, its white marble statues as if paused in movement and about to start conversing again, the perfect acoustics, the dance of champagne glasses with a few drops of Monin grenadine to create a marvellous palette of pink hues, the theatrical shadows all around…
Caroline Neville and Laura Whitmore were representing the brand and introduced the Pearls exhibition. Same timeless elegance shared by these fashion icons, you see. The passing through generations – whether a string of pearls or a beauty ritual like the cold cream one. And both bring a smile, make you absolutely radiant.
And so we all marvelled at how a pearl is born, a mere impurity, a grain of sand sometimes transformed by a shell into a treasure. White, ivory, grey, black, green, blue, pink, even golden. Smooth and round, imperfect, always novel, tiny like a mere sparkle or amazing in size. Sweetly held on a single string, wise and neat or married with malachite, sapphires, diamonds or why not embroidered on a watch, on a dress? A thousand ways to wear them, discreetly or extravagantly. In each, such character, a story of its own, a magic defying time.
Be warned, this exhibition will force you to stop at the best jeweller around. Harrods is nearby. Just saying. To be seen again and again though, such beauty in each jewel…
Until January 19, 2014
London SW7 2RL