Pearls are having another moment, thanks to Kamala Harris who is proving that they no longer need to speak of pencil skirts and twinsets.  She rocked them on the campaign trail with a pair of converse trainers.  Pearls have a symbolic significance for her and she wears them in solidarity with her sorority to mark each milestone in her career. Most recently pearls featured in her inauguration outfit, this time in a specially commissioned necklace from Wilfred Rosado.



 What do you feel about pearls?  Are you a fan?  Do you have any?  I remember leafing through old issues of “Country Life” at the dentist and noticing the predictable portraits of beautiful, rich young brides invariably sporting tiny stud pearls and looking suitably virginal.  Apparently there was a Country Life exhibition in 2017 dubbed by one paper: “120 Years of Girls in Pearls.”  I grew up seeing pearls as ultra conservative and inextricably linked with the twin set. So what changed?  What is the enduring fascination with pearls about?  What can pearls do for you? 

I changed my mind about pearls as I gradually noticed how they can compliment a complexion and how their lustre draws you to the wearer's eyes.  Less brilliant than a diamond which can overpower all but the brightest face, their gentle sheen is invariably flattering.

Whatever the type of pearl, there is one which will suit you. You can read up, if you are interested, about types of pearls from freshwater to south sea, cultured or natural.  I am interested in how they look. So what is there to consider apart from the price?

  1. Your personality.  If you are a “Classic” the traditional style will suit you well - smooth, round, even.   “Creatives” may prefer the uneven Keishi or Baroque shapes in unusual settings. "Romantic" and feminine? Delicate settings will be flattering "Natural"? set in a leather thong if you don’t normally wear jewellery and prefer a more relaxed vibe.
  2. Your colouring. If your teeth are brilliant white you can rock white pearls.  Not as white as you’d like? Go for cream or yellow if you are warm-toned and pink or grey if you are cool-toned.
  3. Your scale. If you have small features and are petite, a delicate stud or necklace will be in keeping.  Here is daughter Lucy – petite with neat features and a feminine vibe looking lovely with tiny, even pearls in her necklace.


With my bigger scale I feel more comfortable with larger, often uneven pearls. 


What do you do if the pearls you inherited from Granny are not ideal for your personality, colouring or scale and you are sentimentally attached to them and  don’t want to sell them to your local jeweller and use the money to buy something you really want? (I have done this and I recommend it for a slimmed down jewel box which works for you 100%.) If that is not for you, I suggest you find ways of making your pieces work for you.  Here are a few tips:

  1. Take a leaf out of Kamala’s book and wear your pearls with something which IS in keeping with you.  Maybe a traditional pearl necklace teamed with a denim jacket or an oversized shirt?


  1. You have larger features? Try a statement necklace with your tiny pearl earrings or big earrings with your little pearl necklace.
  2. Layer your pearl necklace with (a) gold or silver chain necklace(s)


  1. Twist your long 1920’s pearls and secure with a clip for a funkier, non-flapper look.



 If you would like help in discovering your style personality, your scale or your colouring so you can have full confidence in your image including of course in the pearls you wear click here