Think pearls and two conflicting images surge to mind: one of the strict matron or maiden aunt imposing tough discipline on youngsters, the other of late Princess Diana oozing elegance with her multi-strand pearl choker embellishing her flattering black dress. Truth be told: the latter image is overwhelmingly dominant as opposed to the former. The fact is that pearls have an undying reputation of transforming any outfit or skin color into a classic charmer with their warm glow and serene appearance.
Did you know that pearls are a natural rarity and a symbol of extreme opulence because they are formed due to ulcers in oysters? Having said that, peals no longer cost a fortune as freshwater pearls are farmed and created using freshwater mussels. After real pearls found in oysters, freshwater cultured pearls provide similar quality which is evaluated through a grading system of a series of A values based on shape, surface, color etc.
Now you can enjoy a sophisticated persona by donning freshwater pearl earrings, necklace, bracelets, rings and much more, or sport a casual look with a pearl scattered sweater! Yes, pearls are so diverse, they adorn apparel like you wouldn’t believe. Faux pearl buttons on cardigans lend them a quick runaway look as do pearl embellished hair accessories like a butterfly clasp. Ever stepped out as a fashion diva with a pearl embroidered clutch?
Given the affordability of freshwater pearl jewelry, you don’t need to be super rich to afford it to personify its many avatars. Tired of portraying the sensual allure of Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor? Get the serious tone of respectability akin to that of Queen Elizabeth, Margaret Thatcher or Michelle Obama. Millennials love pearls and women in their twenties and thirties wear long pearl strings to get the famous “Coco Chanel look”!
“All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.”— Federico Fellini