Ormer – Jersey’s history awakens

We have absolutely epic news. Our new collection, Ormer, has arrived and is now available instore and online.

Made with sustainably sourced Jersey mother of pearl, it’s taken us three years of design development and technical investigation to adapt the incredibly thin and fragile ormer shell to jewellery. We are proud to premier our ormer collection – which holds so much of the spirit our island. You can shop the new collection here – or read on for a fascinating insight into this special piece of Jersey heritage.

Ormer shell has an important place in Jersey’s history. It has a unique sandy colour that holds rainbows of light. Because of its beauty it was traditionally sought after for a variety of decorative items, from furniture and musical instruments to buttons and jewellery. Ormer shells are often displayed on Jersey walls and mantelpieces, and ormers themselves are considered a local delicacy, and can be fried, stewed, or pickled. Collecting ormers, or ‘ormering’, is also a much-loved part of island heritage. In fact, our ormerer-in-chief, Trevor Le Cornu, is a third-generation harvester of these wonderful marine creatures, which he collects in Le Hocq on just a few days of the year. We care about our planet and are committed to sustainable gathering of ormers; our jewellery and packaging are also carbon neutral.

 

 

Here at Jersey Pearl, we won’t be eating ormers, but we invite you to come and look at the wonderful and creative ways we are showcasing their beautiful mother of pearl. Set in rhodium plated or rose gold plated sterling silver and 9kt gold, to a design by Alex Broad, each piece is an exquisite link to the past as we celebrate the present.

Discover the Ormer collection here.