Pearls never go out of style
They're available at every price point
They don't have to be real
Depending on how you wear or pair them, they can be sporty or dressy
They flatter every skin tone
They come in all sizes and lengths
They're extremely versatile
I received my first pair of cultured pearls when I was 21. Because I viewed them as special, I rarely wore them, and that was a shame because pearls become more lustrous with wear.
Many years later I began treating them less reverently. I would pile faux pearls on and wear my real pearls with them. I often still do that, varying the lengths and sizes, even mixing them with gold chains or lengths of chain and other stones. To get you going, here are a few of my ideas:
Because a single short strand of pearls looks very ingenue-ish, it can age anyone over 35, unless the pearls themselves are big (14+ mm), gorgeous and real.
The smaller the pearl, the more strands you need for impact.
For a tailored yet sophisticated look, fill in the neckline of a shirt with several graduated strands of pearls. Your silhouette will appear longer and leaner with lots of very long strands of pearls, which can be mixed with chains.
Add drama and interest to pearls by clipping a pendant or a brooch on to one of the strands. Use a brooch to shorten a strand of pearls. Determine the length you want your pearls to be and place the pin horizontally across the space between the pearls on both sides.
Select white, gray or blush pearls if you have a cool complexion and creamy, golden or peachy pearls if your complexion is warm.
And remember, you can wear any earring--gold, silver, stone or pearl--with pearls. They don't have to match.
Have a wonderful Christmas.