"A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls."
Pearls are considered to be the world’s oldest gems, dating back as far as 420 BC. Pearls were gifts to Chinese royalty, status symbols in ancient Rome, used by Cleopatra, and known to be worn by only the elite, ruling class.
ℚ𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝔻𝕪𝕟𝕒𝕤𝕥𝕪 𝕀𝕞𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕒𝕝 ℂ𝕠𝕟𝕤𝕠𝕣𝕥 𝕧𝕚𝕒 ℙ𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕥; 𝕕𝕣𝕒𝕘𝕠𝕟𝕤𝕒𝕣𝕞𝕠𝕣𝕪.𝕓𝕝𝕠𝕘𝕤𝕡𝕠𝕥.𝕔𝕠𝕞
Natural pearls were harvested from oysters, making them extremely expensive. In 1893 Kokichi Mikimoto created the first cultured pearl. Pearl farms were established, making cultured pearls more accessible.
ℙ𝕙𝕠𝕥𝕠 𝕠𝕗 𝕂𝕠𝕜𝕚𝕔𝕙𝕚 𝕄𝕚𝕜𝕚𝕞𝕠𝕥𝕠 𝕧𝕚𝕒 ℙ𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕥
However, over the years, the popularity of pearls in the fashion world varied. In the early 20s sautoirs, strands of pearls that measured more than 30 inches long and were decorated with a tassel or pendant, became very popular. Coco Chanel can be credited for bringing imitation pearls into fashion. She shocked high society by mixing real pearls with faux pearls for casual day time looks. Coco was rarely seen without a strand of pearls. With her endorsement, faux pearls and all costume jewelry became very popular.
𝔸 ℕ𝕒𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕒𝕝 ℙ𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕝 𝕊𝕒𝕦𝕥𝕠𝕚𝕣 𝔽𝕣𝕠𝕞 ℂ𝕙𝕣𝕚𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕖'𝕤 𝕧𝕚𝕒 ℙ𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕥
ℂ𝕠𝕔𝕠 ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕖𝕝, 𝟙𝟡𝟛𝟞 𝕧𝕚𝕒 ℙ𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕥
In the 1980s, pearls were thought to be for the “older generation” of women.
𝟙𝟡𝟠𝟜 ℙ𝕒𝕦𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕒 ℙ𝕠𝕣𝕚𝕫𝕜𝕠𝕧𝕒 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕄𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕥 𝕁𝕖𝕨𝕖𝕝𝕣𝕪 𝕄𝕒𝕘𝕒𝕫𝕚𝕟𝕖 𝔸𝕕 𝕧𝕚𝕒 ℙ𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕥
Now fast forward to the modern day. Pearl hair accessories have been trending for quite some time. We have seen countless headbands and hair clips from the runway to Instagram influencers. For fall 2020 and winter 2021, pearl jewelry has been seen all over the runway and stylized for the modern day. All types of pearl necklaces have been spotted, from very long strands with multiple layers to very short choker styles. Even Harry Styles has been photographed wearing a pearl necklace. Grandma-style pearl clip on earrings also make many appearances on the runway. Even the more modern, colorful pearl beads and sculptural pearls with chains can be seen on the streets. Pearls have also made their way to other accessories such as belts, shoes and handbags.
ℂ𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕖𝕝, 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘 𝕧𝕚𝕒 ℙ𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕥
𝕄𝕠𝕤𝕔𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕠, 𝔽𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘 𝕧𝕚𝕒 ℙ𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕥
ℙ𝕣𝕒𝕓𝕒𝕝 𝔾𝕦𝕣𝕦𝕟𝕘, 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘
𝕋𝕠𝕣𝕪 𝔹𝕦𝕣𝕔𝕙, 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘
𝔹𝕒𝕕𝕘𝕝𝕖𝕪 𝕄𝕚𝕤𝕔𝕙𝕜𝕒, 𝔽𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕎𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘
𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕔 𝕁𝕒𝕔𝕠𝕓𝕤, 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘
𝕊𝕚𝕞𝕠𝕟𝕖 ℝ𝕠𝕔𝕙𝕒, 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟘
𝔸𝕝𝕝 𝕡𝕙𝕠𝕥𝕠𝕤 𝕧𝕚𝕒 ℙ𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕥
The versatility and timelessness of pearls help make them very popular once again.