Here's everything you need to know about this beautiful gem trend.
Fun Fact: Pearls are the only gems created by a living creature. No two pearls are identical, which means that each gem carries a one-of-a-kind beauty, charm, as well as shape and size - just like each and every one of us!
Pearls were already making a comeback in a big way in 2021. Then support for our first female/first African American/first Indian vice president, Kamala Harris, exploded this beautiful trend beyond the editorial pages to become the new must-have accessory for women everywhere.
While Kamala Harris has always been known for wearing pearls, Vogue’s January 2021 cover put the spotlight on the (then) Vice President-elect’s go-to bauble paired with Converse Chuck Taylors. Pearls and Chucks quickly became the standard uniform for the legions of feminist supporters at home watching the Madame Vice President Harris take her rightful place in history.
Why does Kamala Harris wear pearls? Her pearls are a symbol of solidarity with her sisters from her college sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) . AKA was the first African-American Greek-letter sorority. Pearls are a symbol of the AKA founders (referred to at the “Twenty Pearls”) who worked so hard for AKA to become an organization.
HOW TO STYLE PEARLS
Pearls are the world’s oldest gemstone. They were first discovered in the year 420 and worn almost exclusively by royalty up until the late 1800s when a Japanese entrepreneur discovered a process for man-made pearls (now known as cultured pearls). While pearls soon became widely accessible, they still maintained an certain air of superiority and class until recent times.
Today, pearls can be styled for many different moods and looks. They can be bring sophistication to tailored looks, elegance to formal looks, or playfulness to everyday looks. The overall vibe of pearls can change based on color, size, how they are set in a particular piece of jewelry, and the outfits they are paired with. While a single strand of white pearls feels modest and refined, pink pearls dangling on a chain feel stylish and fun. A multi-strand of white pearls can have a classic baroque vibe while a multi-strand of multi-colored pearls have a more modern chic vibe.
Pearls are one of the most-loved gem stones, likely due to their overall beauty and versatility. Both natural and cultured pearls come in many different colors and price ranges. To tell if your pearl real, gently rub it on the surface (not the edge) of your tooth. A real pearl will have a little friction and have a gritty sandpapery feel when you rub it on your tooth. A “pearl” that glides smoothly across your tooth is likely plastic or glass that has been painted or manufactured to look like a pearl.
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