They were once the preserve of royalty (Cleopatra; Marie Antoinette) or extremely wealthy individuals. But, with the introduction of pearl cultivation (pearls created with the aid of science) and the manufacture of artificial pearls – all women were able to achieve a chic, put-together look.
While diamonds may be considered a “girl’s best friend,” pearls are for the self-assured woman who transcends fashion trends and is true to a classic vision. The 20th century was blessed with women who embodied this philosophy, and who wore pearls to great advantage:
Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy. A very disparate group of women, but one that illustrates that pearls can be worn by anyone who wants to achieve a timeless grace.
Whether with a simple choker (14-16”), opera length strand (26-36”), or a profusion of rope strands (37+”), modern women accessorize their looks with pearls.
Various iconic images have instilled in us the idea that pearls are luxurious, chic and regal (Coco, cigarette in hand, looking over her shoulder; Jackie, holding her young son, thoroughly enjoying his playing with her pearls; Audrey having breakfast at Tiffany’s; Grace in almost any movie…).
If you’ve never worn pearls, let me encourage you to take the leap. Whether you’re wearing a little black dress, jeans and a t-shirt, or a tunic and slacks, throw on some pearls and see what happens!
‘Til next time.