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History has shown us that women wearing pearls embody the notion of glamour, power and sophistication.

From Cleopatra, who famously crushed a pearl earring into a glass of wine at a Roman dinner party to convey her strength and wealth, to Britain’s beloved Queen Elizabeth, to style icons Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jackie Kennedy, pearls have graced the figures of history’s most fiercely elegant women. In the modern era, pearls are favored by powerful trendsetters and influencers like Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

What I love most about pearls is their versatility. They can be sexy, powerful, classic, and sophisticated – sometimes all at once! Pearls can also be worn at any occasion: A wedding day, a date night, a day at the office, or even a morning at the gym (seriously, just ask Kelly Amshoff, a personal trainer, who wears her strand of pearls while working out every day! Read more about Kelly, here)

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Personal trainer Kelly Amshoff wearing her strand of pearls during a workout

 

Pearls can be sexy, powerful, classic, and sophisticated – sometimes all at once!

 

Pearl Trends

While a classic strand of pearls never goes out of style, the gem is being used increasingly in modern fashion jewelry. One of the trends is adding pearls to pieces in subtle, intricate and intriguing ways. Look for pearl drop chokers, floating minimalist rings and phalanx or two/three finger rings. On the flipside, another trend is maximizing the drama of a strand of pearls by adding a seriously sexy diamond cross. Pearl earrings are getting trendy, too. Have fun with a pair of Tahitian pearls studs worn with gold hoops, or with your diamond studs. You can also add some ‘wow’ to your pearl earrings with colored stones like tanzanite and color-change garnets. To make a statement, try long drop pearl earrings that dangle around your shoulder.

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Strand of pearls layered with diamond cross necklace

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Tahitian pearls (black pearls) worn with diamond studs

Pearl Care

Pearls are considered fragile, but with the right care, they’ll last forever. Make sure you keep your pearls in a silk pouch and that you clean them by simply wiping with a soft cloth. Never usecleaning solutions on delicate pearls.
!If your pearls are stored in a safe, there should be a glass of water in the safe as well. Pearls need a bit of humidity.

Pearl Facts

  • Pearls are the only gemstone to come from a living creature
  • Less than 1 in every 10,000 wild oysters contains a pearl
  • The first cultured pearl was introduced in 1896, after twenty years of research
  • The land for the Cartier flagship store in New York City was actually purchased with – you guessed it – a pearl

Pearl Shopping

As with other gemstones, pearls vary in cost. What affects the price:

  • Shape
  • Surface
  • Luster
  • Size

Make sure you’re working with a jeweler you trust when it comes to purchasing pearls. The staff at Stafford Jewelers has over 35 years of experience in luxury jewelry, and any member of our team would be delighted to help you find the right pearl piece for you or your loved one.