If you thought pearls were dated and only worn by ‘grandmothers’ think again!
As well as being a personal favorite, this gorgeous jewellery staple has always cycled in and out of fashion and is currently one of the hottest jewellery items trending.
Pearls add elegance, sophistication and a touch of class to any wearer.
A simple strand of pearls or a pair of pearl studs will immediately elevate the look of your outfit.
Regardless of your
age, skin tone or style, pearls will flatter and bring LIGHT to the complexion.
Fine quality natural pearls are very rare jewels. Their values are determined similarly to those of other precious gems by size, shape, color, quality of surface, orient and luster.
Some imitation pearls are simply made of mother of pearl, coral or conch shell while others are made from glass and are coated with a solution containing fish scales called essence d'Orient. Although imitation pearls look the part, they do not have the same weight or smoothness as real pearls, and their luster will dim quite quickly.
Although it has been said that pearls bring tears, in ancient cultures pearls have always represented purity and make the perfect addition to the 'white wedding'.
Wearing pearls on your wedding day will ensure your marriage is happy and you won't be shedding tears!
A single pearl strand looks gorgeous and elegant but try layering with two or more pearl strands or even with a couple of chain necklaces. Coco Chanel of course was our inspiration here for a confident and modern look that goes with just about any outfit.
Double or triple layers look best but you can increase the number of layers for a more dramatic and bold look. Try mixing up the type of pearl strands combining different sizes, lengths and even colors.
Don’t stop at just necklaces. You can layer your pearl bracelets for an equally stunning effect.
Pearls are known for their milky white color, in fact, the very word ‘pearl’ is synonymous with white (think pearly teeth!). White pearls look wonderful with a Cool complexion but a rich creamy pearl looks softer against a Warm complexion.
So although white and cream are the most common colors, pearls naturally occur in many different colors - black and gold being two very popular options.
Black pearls, also known as Tahitian pearls, are a unique and modern alternative. They have the same classic sheen as traditional white pearls but with an added intrigue - they're more mysterious and stand out on any wearer.
If the perfect spherical pearl is a bit too classic for your taste, why not try baroque pearls?
These are pearls that are not quite perfect, coming in various irregular shapes. Because each baroque pearl has its own shape and size, it has a unique vibe and a modern touch. It is non-conformist and a great way to show your personality.
A whole strand of baroque pearls can make a statement or, if you prefer minimalist design, a beautiful baroque pearl pendant or pair of studs.
Although a classic pearl stud is always my choice (I've been known to be too conservative), you can always spruce this up. Choose a double stud or one that features a stud and a drop. This is simple but makes a statement and is a deviation from the traditional.
cuffs and ear jackets are also a great way to add some pizzazz to your look if
you are so inclined!
Maybe you like to add a touch of bling to your look but you aren’t really into jewellery. No worries, pearls are so versatile that they can be used in many different ways.
A popular choice is to buy clothes that come embellished with pearls. You can find beautiful cardigans with pearl buttons, simple sweaters with pearls stylishly scattered across the front and even pearl-embellished shoes. Combining clothes and jewelry adds a touch of sophistication and style.
I've even added pearls to brighten up a pair of curtain tie-backs for a luxurious finish.
I am very grateful to Dani Rhys who has kindly allowed me to adapt her article above.
She also reminds us that pearls look their best when worn frequently so don't hide them away - take them out and flaunt your style!
This is a great resource for CLEANING and CARING FOR YOUR PEARLS.