Dignified and understated, pearls are such a classic they’ve flown under the fashion radar for years now. No longer. Indeed, pearls have skyrocketed into the style stratosphere, claiming a top spot in the fashion world. They’re so hot right now, they’ve even earned their own moniker: pearlcore. Pearls have penetrated every aspect of fashion, from apparel to beauty to home decor, and more. Want to know more about the red-hot pearl craze? Keep reading!
A Symbol for Today
The only gem to come from a living creature, pearls symbolise personal growth and transformation, making them the perfect emblem for our post-pandemic lives. With their serene glow, pearl necklaces, bracelets and earrings alike are the epitome of elegance. Although this gem is most commonly associated with women, pearl mania has spread across gender lines and is now being embraced by men too. Male celebrities who’ve been spotted sporting pearls include mega-stars Harry Styles, Drake, and Shawn Mendes.
Another reason pearls make the perfect choice for today’s fashionistas is that they embody eternal beauty. During these financially uncertain times, investing in jewellery that will endure through trends is a smart move. Properly cared for, pearls will last a lifetime and beyond, potentially becoming a cherished heirloom in your family.
Extremely rare in nature, pearls were once reserved for the ruling classes. That designation only changed in the early 1900s with the invention of pearl culturing. Nonetheless, pearls retain their image as a power jewel thanks to their long history as a priceless treasure that hails from exotic, faraway lands. Coco Chanel made pearls popular for the masses, and her declaration that every woman needed a strand is as true today as it was a hundred years ago. Pearlcore embraces Coco’s view and expands upon the idea to include a wide range of pearl fashions. From classic strands to statement earrings to engagement rings, pearls are now everywhere.
The Gem of Queens, The Queen of Gems
‘The Queen of Gems’ aka pearls were a perennial favourite of the late Queen. A pearl necklace was her signature piece, and the Princess of Wales Kate Middleton is following right in her footsteps, donning the classic jewel in an updated style, including a quad pearl choker, delicate pearl drop earrings, and a triple pearl bracelet which once belonged to the late Princess Diana.
As beautiful and elegant as white and ivory pearls are, pearlcore is a wider trend, embracing all colours of pearls including exotic ones like black, gold, and peacock. No longer the province of the middle-class mum, pearls are cool, smart, and even edgy. Look for pearls mixed with leather, chains, and sheer fabrics for the ultimate in streetstyle. Another expression of avant-garde pearlcore is baroque pearls. This one works in conjunction with another pervasive trend: personal expression. Pearls’ subtle luminescence flatters every skin tone, which is no doubt a huge part of their universal appeal.
Pearls Are Always Appropriate
Pearls are no longer confined to throats, earlobes, and wrists. They’re making an appearance from head to toe. It can be argued that the popularity of pearls began with another hot trend, craftcore, and just kept expanding until pearlcore became a movement in its own right. Pearls are being seen sprinkled across apparel, as well as clothes made entirely from pearls! A pearl-of-mother purse is the ultimate of chic. You can DIY your own look by hot-gluing pearl beads to your plimsolls, hair clips, sunglasses, handbags, or anything else you think needs a little glam. One of the best things about pearls is that they look great with everything. Formal, semi-formal, casual, business suits, little black dresses, and jeans. Whatever you’re planning to wear, pearls will work with it. Pearls mix and match with other gems and precious metals as well. Pearls are so versatile, there is literally no wrong way to wear them.
Did you know you can wear pearls not only against your skin but also directly on it? Pearls are reputed to firm and brighten skin, and even offer anti-aging effects. Their use as a beauty enhancer goes back centuries. These days, you can take your pick from pearl-infused highlighters, masks, cleansing oils, nail varnish…You name it, you can find a version made with pearls!
The World Is Your Oyster
Pearls in the home are equal parts fashion and fun. Shimmering pearl wall paint is very much in vogue right now, and pearlized tiles and furniture add instant glamour to any space. And don’t forget mother-of-pearl when you’re shopping for home accoutrements like lamps, mirrors, and candlesticks, all of which offer a vintage yet timelessly beautiful lustre to any abode.
More than Meets the Eye
The pearl may be June’s official birthstone, but it is not in any way limited to the lucky ones born in that month. Pearls are for everyone of all ages and all walks of life. Pearls symbolise sincerity, fearlessness, and love, which means they will always be in style.
Sue Seabury is passionate about bringing the latest in fashion news to her readers. She is a regular contributor to The Pearl Source blog.
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