DRIVING THE CLOUD
Driving the Cloud
According to the legend, Liezi of Daoism had a unique skill called “Driving the Wind”. He could freely travel by the wind, and came back from the distant place just in half a month.
Breeze is invisible, while wings and clouds are visible. Therefore, the designer Yi-Hsuan Lee elaborately lays out the diamonds to look like the wings of birds, and also like swirling clouds, symbolizing the wearer traveling around by the wind, and launching new adventures again and again. And the life becomes much more abundant and prosperous in the spacious world, just like the black pearls full and reserved.
The black-lip oysters (Pinctada margaritifera) are farmed in seawater, mainly produce in French Polynesia and the Cook Islands. Owing to their unique charming deep-dark bodycolor, they enjoy the international reputation in the name of “Black Pearl”.
The process of farming oyster is a long and arduous task. In addition to meet specific temperature and water condition, the oyster seedlings need to be cultivated for three years to carried out the first bead nucleus plant operation. After that, if the oysters are not to reject or die, then 18-24 months later the pearls can be first harvested. At this stage, the bead diameter is about 8-10 mm. Only 15-20% of oysters’ physique can load the second nucleus plant, the second implanted beads will be slightly larger than the previous ones, and then repeat the same breeding steps. The oysters which can weather multiple surgeries are rather rare, so the number of Tahitian pearls of and up 12 mm in diameter is sharply decreasing.
Only about 5% of Tahitian pearls have perfectly round shape, which simultaneously own excellent luster, clean surface, and pleasant overtone, are the highest grade.