Can someone please tell our Pearl Team where the year has gone?! With the end of summer spectacular that is the Notting Hill Carnival already upon us it is only a matter of time before we are plagued with jingling of bells and the murmurs of *cough* Christmas *cough*. But enough of that for now and back to the summer spirit!
Held in August every year the Notting Hill Carnival is renowned as Europe’s biggest street party and originated in 1964 as a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. Livening up the August Bank Holiday weekend in the streets of London W11, the Carnival is an amazing array of colourful sights and sounds as well as the most amazing feeling of inclusion and social solidarity.
The carnivals roots itself in early 19th century Caribbean culture where it was a particularly strong tradition especially in Trinidad. These carnivals were all about celebrating the abolition of slavery and the slave trade. The very first carnival in Notting Hill was an attempt to showcase the steel band musicians who played in the Earls Court of London every Weekend. When the bands paraded through the streets of Notting Hill, they drew black residents out on to the streets, reminding them of the Caribbean homes they had left behind.
The most spectacular aspect of the carnival, however, has to be the incredible outfits! The riot of colour, sequins and more often than not pearls that adorn the gorgeous women is truly a sight to behold. Make everyday your carnival by donning your pearls and sequins and lap up the last of the summer sun. Our Pearl jewellery store is open Monday – Saturday from 11am-7pm and we also offer a bespoke design service. Please phone 0207 373 3369 to book an appointment with our pearl designer Chrissie Douglas.