The pearl is the world’s oldest gemstone with some of the earliest references of them being used when they were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty in 2300 BC. Julius Caesar passed a law in the first century BC that pearls were to be exclusively worn by the ruling class and this is likely where along with their rarity they became synonymous with aristocracy, superiority and wealth.
Pearls became accessible to more women after Kokicho Mikimoto discovered how to create cultured pearls (farmed pearls) in 1897 and grew expodentially in favor when Chanel wore them in her iconic 1936 portrait. In 1961, Audrey Hepburn made pearls famous with her portrayal of a wealthy socialite.
In 2013 Alber Elbaz during his helmship of French luxury house Lanvin, reimagined the stone and featured it on the Fall/Winter runway. He used pearls in many new and unexpected ways. Suddenly, pearls were cool. These were “Not your mother’s pearls,” writers declared.
A few years later, Prabal Gurung also turned to pearls to accessorize his Fall/Winter 2018 collection, showing giant pearl ear cuffs and pearl waterfall-like earrings that cascaded from the lobe down to the shoulder.
Do you love pearls? How and when do you wear them?
Pearls are a great way to add some femininity and elegance to an outfit. When shopping it’s great to know the style, length and scale of pearl earring that will suit your face shape, neck length, neckline and outfit.
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