Wedding Pearls

Alluring Audrey Hepburn helped make them famous.  No one can think of Breakfast at Tiffany’s without imagining the gorgeous five-stranded pearl necklace that adorned Holly Golightly’s neck.  Paired with a simple black sheath, big sunglasses, and voila — instant style à la Audrey.  Coco Chanel brought pearls mainstream by embracing them within her sophisticated style, often times wearing as many as seven strands encircling her dainty neck.  She once said, “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.”  Yes, very true indeed!  Effortless, iconic, and easy to wear.

But pearls are not just dainty and royal.  Take the flappers, those fabulous waifs of the Jazz Age.  They helped push pearls into the limelight by wearing long, beaded necklaces loosely draped around their necks.  This style defied conventions and embodied a truly modern and independent spirit.  Think Clara Bow because, of course, the “It” Girl would wear them!

The Art Nouveau period also helped to bring pearls into the forefront, with long swinging dresses, loose necklaces, and lots of champagne.  By the 1950s, almost every well-dressed and well-mannered woman owned a set of pearls.  They were often associated with wealth and were known as symbols of purity and dignity, hence the reason many girls receive pearls on important passages of their lives, such as first communions, graduations, and weddings to name a few.

Think beyond other gemstones, but not just for environmental reasons; think for style!  Remember, Holly Golightly states that wearing diamonds before the age of 40 is tacky.  At pinkG, we wouldn’t go that far, but while times and styles have changed, the pearl still endures.
Remember, pearls don’t have to symbolize conventionality.  Make them edgy, make them unique.  Dress them up or dress them down, either way they work.  Chanel, Audrey, put a strand on and hum Moon River, my huckleberry friend.

More pearls to ponder…

Enjoy a moment with Clara Bow in the 1927movie, IT.  Or refresh your memory of Audrey Hepburn and the look  of her famous pearls.  If you are looking to be a bit more informed, check out a little background and some information on cultured pearls.  Finally, take a quick cyber shopping trip to peruse a Tiffany’s pearl necklace.

 

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