The Wisdom of Pearls

Erika Matson, lover of pearls, has worked at Ben Bridge Corporate Office for 7 years. She is this month’s guest blogger.

June is Pearl Month!

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Coco Chanel

Marilyn Monroe may have said “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” but it was Coco Chanel who said, “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” I couldn’t agree more.

Pearls have long been a staple accessory for women of means and status. Now they’ve gone mainstream and dare I say even a little edgy? Gone are the days when a strand of pearls must be accompanied by a sweater set. While a classic strand of pearls will never go out of style, there are many other ways to wear pearls. To get a more modern look, consider these optio

COLOR: Pearls come in multiple colors; from the pink of freshwater pearls to the peacock hues of Tahitian to the warm gold of South Sea pearls. With a little enhancement you can also buy pearls in brighter blue and even brown.

SJP wearing brown pearls

SJP wearing brown pearls

SHAPE: Pearls come in all different shapes. Some are near round, while others are tear dropped, flat or even fancy shapes like crosses. For something a little whimsical, try keshi pearls.

Keshi pearls

Keshi pearls

ADD BLING: Adding a colorful or interesting brooch to a double or triple strand adds some visual weight to the necklace and gives a focal point.

Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore

LAYER: With the current trend of chunky necklaces, pearls are the perfect choice. Mix with gold chains or other pearl strands of varying pearl size, color and shape. If the strand is not quite long enough, try doubling it and then tying it together with a pretty ribbon. Stylemepretty.com has a great tutorial for making a pearl inspired layered necklace for a wedding.

Katherine Heigl in a layered pearl look

Katherine Heigl in a layered pearl look

Caution: Genuine pearls are easily scratched. Be careful not to intermix them with pieces that are heavily textured or have sharp edges. For more info on how to care for pearls, click HERE.

Many ways to wear pearls!SECRET WEAPON: A 100” strand of pearls (retail $89) can be worn long, tied in a knot, doubled or even tripled.

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ADDITIONAL TIPS:

  • Pearls aren’t just for necks. Great pearl jewelry comes in rings, earrings, bracelets, and brooches.
  • How to determine if pearls are real or faux.
  • Match pearls. Whether it’s a pair of pearl stud earrings or a 100” strand, the pearls should match. As an organic material, pearl color and luster (its sheen) vary from pearl to pearl. A high quality strand will have pearls close in color and size. An easy way to tell if all the pearls in a strand match is to coil the strand in your hand. If a pearl doesn’t match the others, it will stand out.
  • Click HERE for information on choosing the right strand length.
  • For more pearl inspiration, check out our Pinterest board “June Pearls”.

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