Do you wear pearls?
Pearls come in many, many different varieties: very expensive to very inexpensive, pure white to cream to pink, small beads to extra large beads, single strand to multi.
There was a time when I thought pearls were....well...old ladyish. No other way to put it. They were something my grandmothers wore and they even had a sort of musty, (old lady?) smell. No, not for me!
Well, at least the classic, single or maybe double strand was definitely not for me.
In my twenties I would wear, in a heartbeat, any of the Kenneth Jay Lane pearls! They were not expensive; they were often designed with extra large or multi strands; the clip earrings were BIG and showy. Yes, those I would wear.
My Mother didn't really know how I felt. She, of course, wore her very classic pearls with her Margaret Jerrold shoes and Lily Pulitzer dresses. What I wouldn't give for some of those right now! How times change and what goes round comes round, no? Anyway, what should my Mother give me for my Thirtieth Birthday but a single strand of pearls! It was a true classic, in a brushed velvet case, from J. E. Caldwell in Philadelphia.
Hmmmm. Did I like them or not? Well, I sort of DID like them! And I wore them!
But pearls, like dresses, went out of style for many years. And once again, these two fashion items have come back full force.
Multi strand and classic:
As an embellishment:
Pearl with gold:
Pearls, black, white and jeans: the new classic look:
So clean and pure:
Ah, now this is my style! Love the larger look and multi strand:
If you really want to see and learn about pearls, go and visit
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London
The exhibit, "Pearls", will be on view until January 19, 2014.
I even found a blog
It's much more than just pearls and a fun and informative read, so do go visit.
If you want to have just plain fun with a variation on pearls, take a look at my blog post on
I still love these beads and I think many of you out there do too....it's one of my most popular and Googled posts ever!
And last, to see more pearls, and to see the original source for all I've shown above, please do visit my Pinterest board, Pearls.