Symbol of purity, power and wealth, pearls have a long history. Roman women wore them to sleep, and over centuries royalty valued them above all other precious gems.
Coco Chanel was never seen without her pearls “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls” she used to say. Coco Chanel owned many expensive jewelry pieces, but she always combined her expensive jewelry with faux ones. Chanel is known to have mixed real and faux pearls and jewels with abandon; she stated: “It’s disgusting to walk around with millions dollars around the neck because one happens to be rich. I only like fake jewelry because it’s provocative”.
These treasures from the see were frequently worn by style icons of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, including most elegant Hollywood stars as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.
Jackie Kennedy, whose style inspired a generation of women in terms of fashion, was know as huge admirer of pearls. “Pearls are always appropriate” she used to say.
Princess Diana, a fashion icon of the 1980's was often photographed wearing pearls chokers, as well as pop stars whose total 1980's colorful look featured strands of faux pearls.
Notwithstanding their long history, by the 1990s, pearls became outdated, an were seen as old pieces of jewelry reserved to old nice ladies.
But like all fashion cycles, in recent years contemporary jewelry designers are breathing new life into those old gems, and so traditional views of pearls as old-fashioned jewelry no longer stand.
Thanks to the influence of celebrities like Katy Perry, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley, who pair pearls with sophisticated attire to create a modern, classic look, pearls are no longer seen as old fashioned pieces you could find in your grandmother’s closet.
Pearls who were once reserved to royalty and Hollywood celebrities, are gaining more and more popularity, becoming part of every woman's total fashion look, regardless of her age.