I can categorically say this is one accessory that can propel your outfit from nice but ordinary to chic and elegant in an instant. I assure you that Chic French women wouldn't be seen without theirs.
Of course, this super accessory is the pearl, whether natural (rare and expensive) or cultured (more common and affordable).
Cultured simply means that a 'blank' has been introduced into the shell of a live oyster and left for the oyster to coat it in mother-of-pearl. The longer the 'blank' is left in place, the thicker the coating and the better the quality. To check the thickness, look at where the hole for the 'string' pierces the pearl. You should be able to see the thickness of the mother-of-pearl layer. By comparing different sets, you can easily see which has the thicker coating and therefore is of better quality.
Pearls have a tremendous power of alchemy. Just by themselves, they can transform the wearer from ordinary to special.
Whether you choose a sexy choker, a short, three-strand or a long, single-strand necklace, a ring or bracelet, or even a simple pair of earrings, the choice is yours.
The pearls I have in my own jewellery box are:
One simple pair of earrings
Two simple, one-strand bracelets, one thinner than the other
One dressy, triple-strand bracelet
One single-strand, princess length (collarbone length) necklace, which can be worn with anything.
Two rope-length, costume jewellery, necklaces, one grey and one 'pearl colour'
And there is still space in there for a black pearl necklace!
Beware of very white or large plastic 'pearls': Nothing screams 'Fake' like a string of pearls the size of quail's eggs. The idea is to make your outfit look classy. So, if your budget doesn't stretch to real pearls, buy those that, at least, look like real ones, in colour and size, until you can afford the real MacCoys. Nothing wrong with that.
A pearl necklace will elevate any outfit. A simple, short strand of pearls indicates a ladylike, soignée attitude. You can wear this strand with anything, in any colour.
Try these ways to wear your pearl necklace for different, but elevated, looks.
Your wedding gown: This is traditional and a must
A simple black dress: The overall look will be one of elegance. pure and simple
Jeans and a crisp white shirt: Dressing casual has never looked so chic
A summer dress: Pearls will enhance your golden skin
A simple, plain, fitted T-shirt (not one with a slogan please!): Upgraded a notch
Silk underwear: Oh my!...
Pearls symbolise purity. However, you don't have to reserve them for weddings. Wear your pearls as often as you can. They soften your look. As a matter of fact, pearls have the power to visually soften everything they get close to, even your clothes.
When worn close to the face, as in earrings and necklaces, pearls help to visually soften:
- Strong colours, such as black and red.
- Fabrics such as leather and tweed.
- Short haircuts
- High necklines
Pearls are a 'beautifyer' too, better than any 'magic' face cream:
- They reduce the visual impact of deep wrinkles in mature women.
- They soften the skin tone, lightening darker ones and giving a mother of pearl look to whiter tones.
- They add a touch of femininity and beauty to the face, for women of any age and any colour.
Finally, the more often you wear your pearls the better they look. Shut them away and they lose their lustre. Pearls are the product of a living creature and need to be worn. The natural oils from your skin will keep them lustrous for many years to come.
These are only some of the reasons why you should wear your pearls as often as you can. Why not every day?
What are your reasons for wearing your pearls? Please let us know in the comments below.
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I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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