Who Wears Pearls?

P594 LP3D  NOV 1947 WEDDING PRINCESS ELIZABETH AND DUKE OF EDINBURGH.

Photo via Queen Jewel Vault

Pearls of been a fashion statement for longer than recorded history. The fact that they still are is a testimony to their high status on many different levels. In modern culture, pearls are still extremely popular.

Perhaps the two most famous wearers of pearls are Marge and Lisa Simpson. It’s not really hard to see where Marge and Lisa got their fashion sense. Other famous wearers of pearls include:

  • Queens Elizabeth I and II
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Princess Diana
  • Jacqueline Kennedy

In short, pearls are A list wearables. Queen Elizabeth the First, in many of her classic pictures, had an entire ensemble made of pearls. Pretty appropriate for the queen of an island state and maritime power, certainly, but also a real power statement as a reigning monarch. That’s just one of the cultural and social historical values of pearls.

It’s not really that surprising, then, when you see fashion experts like Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Princess Diana in particular, in the modern age. These are the queens of fashion, arguably more merciless than wars of the past, in many ways.

The most noticeable thing about modern pearl fashions as worn by these true fashion icons is the extraordinary degree of good taste. Real fashion isn’t really very garish. It tends to be more classy, even when wearing a showpiece.

Pearls are uncompromisingly showy, but in a very special way. Neutral pearls like white and black pearls are designer staples. They are absolutely reliable with any type of clothing, under all circumstances. In theory, you can look good in a shipwreck wearing pearls.

Colored pearls are equally versatile, adding a range of equally stunning, flexible fashion possibilities. Gold pearls, for example, add the entire gold range to an outfit. Many other colors, including green, red, and even a range of aquamarine blues, expand the “portfolio” of fashion options.

Pearls, in fact, seem to have become even more popular in the modern era. Other gems have their own unique values, but pearls seem to have an almost hereditary appeal.

Who wears pearls?

Absolutely everybody.

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