One of Coco Chanel’s memorable pearls of wisdom says that “a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls” and Gabrielle Bonheur totally led by example wearing lots of pearls and introducing fake ones in the world of fashion. Who knows what kind of pearls Chanel would wear today… She was such a mould-breaker that maybe she would have found new ways to sport her beloved ropes.
Many style icons that we still celebrate for their timeless elegance loved pearls. Grace Kelly favored “pearls on screen and in my private life” and Jacqueline Kennedy thought that “pearls are always appropriate”.
Some women find pearls a bit boring also because they associate them to the classic strand of pearls worn by their grandmother. Mine used to wear pearls on Sunday to attend Mass and when she wanted to dress up. So I admit I used to consider pearls old and boring and I’ve always thought that if I had worn them, I would have done it in a cool way, with a ripped tee or a sweatshirt. Or à la Carrie Bradshaw. But I definitely prefer pearl jewelry with a cool twist or an unexpected detail. As for the classic strand, I only dream of one of Tahitian pearls.
Fall 2017 seems to be the season of pearls. They’re everywhere, from headpieces to shoes. So a post dedicated to clothes and accessories embellished with pearls is on its way.
Meanwhile, take a look at the pearl jewelry I picked. Some pearls are real, some are imitation, but all these pieces are anything but boring.