The Pearl Necklace A Timeless Beauty
By Sam Serio
It has been said that of all the pieces of jewelry in the world, a
pearl necklace is the only thing that a woman should not be without. And thats no
wonder, for a pearl necklace is the embodiment of classic sophistication and timeless
elegance. It goes with a variety of outfits, from casual day wear to formal evening
attire. And depending on the type of pearl and color, there are various pearl necklace
styles suitable for the very young, those enjoying their golden years, and almost everyone
else in the middle.
The price of a pearl necklace depends on the quality of its pearls.
Saltwater pearls are generally more expensive than freshwater ones, which are cultured.
The sheen and the thickness of the pearls nacre also affect the price, as well as
the size and roundness of the pearls themselves. Pearl necklaces of various colors are
available on the market. Smaller pearls in light hues of blue or pink are usually more
suitable for young children, while the creamier, ivory-toned pearls are preferred by older
women. Jewelry pieces made from black pearls are very, very expensive, since these pearls
are so rare.
According to Chinese folklore, pearls are the tears of a dragon. In
Roman mythology, they are the tears of Venus. Jewelry designers, in their tireless efforts
to do justice to the legendary beauty of these gems, have been adding their own twists to
the pearl necklace. Aside from the classic strand, the pearls used in necklaces are
sometimes set in gold, silver or platinum. Some designers also mix pearls with other gems
to create a unique effect. Extra ornaments, such as charms or a brooch, can also be
attached to a pearl necklace to give it a personalized flair.
Caring for a pearl necklace does not involve a lot of fuss. The most
advisable thing to do is to wear it often, because if its stored away for long
periods of time, it will dry up and lose its sheen. The bodys natural oils will keep
the pearls looking lustrous and fresh. Its also important to avoid having the pearls
come in contact with substances such as hair spray or body lotion, since these can also
adversely affect the pearls condition.
The popularity of the pearl necklace has never waned both among
ordinary people and societys elite. The quintessential fashion plate, Jackie
Kennedy, had a passion for pearls; so does actress Maria Berenson. Other celebrities often
photographed wearing pearl necklaces are Michelle Pfeiffer, Sophia Loren, Jennifer Lopez
and Paris Hilton. The versatility of pearls is such that fashion experts are even
predicting an increase in the number of men who will start wearing pearl-accented dress
accessories. For now, however, there is very little to surpass the elegance of the sight
of a pearl necklace gracing the neckline of a woman, whether shes a celebrity or