Pearls in the family
Pearls remind me of my Granny’s engagement ring. It features a small pearl in the center and two small diamonds on teach side in a white gold setting, while the ring itself is rose gold. After the Great War, rose gold was in fashion as creation of yellow gold required material that was pretty expensive. Her engagement ring was made by her brother-in-law, i.e. my grandpa’s brother. He was a gold smith.
One day in the 70s, my grandparents were visiting us. My granny thought she had lost the ring on the lawn. I spent the entire afternoon on the lawn searching for her ring and even kept looking after they had left. My mom came out and told me to come to the phone. My granny was on the phone. She was super-excited that she had found the ring at home. She had forgotten to put it on. She said that I would get the ring when she dies because I spent all the time search the ring for her.
Pearls also remind me of my Mom’s Sunday’s Best or Going Out looks. As it was modern in the 50s, 60s and 70s, she would wear her pearl necklace with matching pearl studs. In the 50s, pearls were part of her office look. In the 80s, my Mom gave her pearls to my sister for her graduation in chemical engineering.
My first pearl necklace
In my twenties, I bought myself a silver-gray pearl necklace. I wore this one string of baroque silver-gray pearls with silver earrings when I went to science conferences. While in my twenties, they accessorized my pink skirt suit or black and white pants suit, in my thirties, they dressed up my business casual look of jeans, a button-down shirt and blazer. Both outfit variations were the typical 80s and 90s uniforms.
How I wear my pearls today
Pearls are a big trend at the moment. I style them with studs or very casual in a contemporary way to avoid looking Old Lady. Meanwhile I bought a triple pearl necklace and an opera length pearl necklace on eBay. The outfits in this post are examples of how I wear my pearls today.
Denim skirt with sweater and pearl statement belt
My friends Jill at Everything Just So and Adrienne at The Rich Life (on a Budget) have a monthly style challenge called How I Wear My. This month they challenged fashion and style bloggers to show how they wear their pearls. Of course I did not submit all these photos. Check these ladies’ blogs later this week to see how other bloggers addressed the challenge.
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