Today’s pearls…an interesting little article that I recently read from the Forbes Magazine. It made me think about pearls and people I know that like to wear them, tell me, do you like to wear pearls? I know that these ladies like them.
“The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wears elegant pearl drop earrings; America’s First Lady Michelle Obama sports a double-strand pearl necklace; and Sarah Jessica Parker regularly accessorizes her outfits with pearls. “
Traditional views of pearls as old-fashioned jewelry are changing and numerous brands are reinventing pearls for young, modern women. No longer relegated to your grandmother’s closet, pearls are coming back into fashion in a big way, replacing diamonds as a staple among fashionistas worldwide thanks to the influence of celebrities like Katy Perry, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley, who pair pearls with sophisticated attire to create a modern, classic look. The patronage of these glamorous icons is introducing pearls to a new generation of consumer, which have been gaining in status while pearl wearers become younger.Jean Ghika, Head of Jewelry in the UK and Europe of Bonhams, which sells more jewelry than any other auction house, notes: “Pearls were once seen as a bit dated – perhaps the preserve of an older generation, but we’ve seen a complete change in how they are viewed. A younger fashion set is now completely at home wearing classic pearl earrings, and you’re as likely to see them in nightclubs and premieres as you are at Ascot or the Epsom Derby.”
Revered since antiquity as a symbol of purity, power and wealth, pearls have a long history, as Roman women wore them to sleep, Julius Caesar was a great patron and, in 19th-century Europe, royalty valued them above all other precious gems.
Coco Chanel was never seen without her pearls, displaying them like a talisman day and night as earrings, a choker, a single strand or a cascade of sautoirs, matching them with her timeless fashion designs; Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, two of cinema’s most elegant stars, sported pearls frequently; and Princess Diana adored pearl chokers. However, by the 1990s, pearls became outdated. But like all fashion cycles, they have now come back into favor and contemporary jewelry designers are breathing new life into them through resolutely modern designs.
In the last couple of years, pearls have become very trendy and the market has been flooded with affordable fashion and fine fashion pearl jewelry. Of course, it has helped a lot that pearls are appearing more and more on the catwalk as well as on prominent music stars and actresses. These days, young women are not restricted to the traditional single-strand pearl necklace anymore; they now have a wide variety of interesting choices such as ear cuffs or double rings. Furthermore, pearl jewelry is now accessible to all, as there is a wide selection to choose from for every budget.”
I think pearls are in.