Why Pearls Are Always in Fashion
Pearls are often regarded as the most classic type of jewelry for women. Think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s and you’ll understand. They’re elegant, stylish and complete a beautiful vintage ensemble.
Audrey Hepburn made the pearl necklace famous by pairing it with the little black dress, and it’s a simple yet dazzling look, that’s exquisite at the right dinner party and easy to pull off.
But, while no one would argue that vintage will always be in fashion, what happens when you’re going for a funky instead of classic look? Can pearls still fit the bill?
Quite simply, the answer yes. Pearls’ bright white translucent colour mean that the simple shape and design go with a range of outfits and colours, as opposed to needing one specific style to fit with.
Pearls are perfect to be worn with a more modern outfit, in the office or a formal occasion, and a matching necklace and earring set will look stunning, as can be seen on the always elegant Michelle Obama. You can also pair them with funkier more casual looks, with long stranded necklaces working particularly nicely with such outfits, as can be seen on Rihanna.
Finding high quality pearl jewelry, from necklaces and earrings to bracelets and rings is not as difficult as it once was with the rise of online shopping. A good set may be expensive, but if you’re only ever going to buy one piece of expensive jewelry, then pearls should be top of your list.
When buying real pearls there are four different types of pearls you can choose from:
Akoya: These are the classic white pearls and typically have the highest luster and greatest shine of all cultured pearls. The Akoya pearl is either white or cream in body color and typically has a rose, cream or Ivory overtone.
Freshwater: These come from freshwater mussels. Freshwater pearls come in various pastel shades of white, black, pink, peach, lavender, plum, purple, and tangerine, depending on the type of mussel.
Tahitian: These come from the warm waters of the South Seas and are grown in a Black-Lipped oyster. They are the only pearl to achieve a black body color naturally). Tahitian pearls, although mostly dark, can come in a wide range of hues, including black, gray, silver, green, blue and purple.
South Sea: These are saltwater pearls cultivated from the oyster, found in the South Seas centering on Northern Australia and South-East Asia. They are silver or gold color and are also the most expensive pearl on the market due to their rarity and thick nacre.
What pearl you go for, and especially the colour, is a personal choice, but whatever you choose you know that it will complete a range of looks, from classic to modern, and formal to funky.
Bio: Jonathan is the owner of Libertons, an antique jewelry marketplace that has a range of vintage pearl earrings and necklaces.