While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, pearls aren’t far behind – they are elegant, refined and timeless enough to instantly elevate any look. However, many women may not be aware of the best ways to wear and care for their pearls.
The natural oils on your skin are good for pearls, and will help them maintain their luster. However, if you are wearing a necklace, don’t wear perfume or makeup on your neck, as the substances could harm and discolor the pearls.
Additionally, think twice before sporting strands of pearls in warm weather – your skin’s oils may be beneficial to the pretty pieces, but sweat, which is naturally acidic, is not good for them.
If you notice that your pearls look dull or dirty, you can easily clean the jewelry as long as you’re careful. Wash the pieces in distilled water, using a mild baby soap and a soft, natural-bristle brush. Then rinse the pearls in distilled water, pat them dry with a soft cloth and lay the items out until the string is completely dry.
For extra shine, pearls can be rubbed with a bit of olive oil after cleaning. To keep them looking lustrous between washes, gently wipe pearls with a soft cloth after wearing.
Though most ladies would agree that luminous and iridescent pearls are gorgeous, a lot of women are hesitant to wear the classic jewelry item because they’re not sure how to work them into a modern wardrobe.
But if Betty Draper can pull them off, we think that you can too.
The key with pearls is to just loosen up about them! They may bring to mind images of cocktail parties and corsets, but if you pair them with a causal ensemble they will lend an elegant edge to nearly any outfit.
A pair of pearl earrings with a black t-shirt or a long pearl necklace with a casual blouse will add an understated elegance and refinement to the overall look.
Pearl rings are especially versatile. They look great whether you favor a bohemian vibe or a more classically tailored style.
And, though many ladies hesitate to wear valuable items on a daily basis, traditional wisdom says that oils on your skin will actually protect and improve the appearance of pearls.
Colorful baubles have been popping up everywhere for the past few weeks, and it seems likely that bright gems and sparkly embellishments will continue to be popular over the next few seasons.
One of our favorite ways to wear the cheerful trend is on deco-inspired pieces, like Chanel’s jewel-encrusted enamel bracelets.
The bangle bracelets feature a Maltese cross design based on the one that the Duke of Vendura designed for Coco Chanel in the 1930s.
Though the specific bracelets might be a little busy looking for some, we love the general idea. The solid, architectural look of vintage pieces gives a little weight to what might otherwise be a superfluous look.
Deco is also traditionally pretty sedate when it comes to colors, so a pop of purple or bright yellow offers a twist on graphic patterns and geometric shapes.
Pair an enamel and gemstone accessory with anything from a cocktail dress to a pair of jeans. It will give your outfit a bright pop of color and a little bit of an edge.
Big, sparkling post earrings are one of the next big jewelry trends, and plenty of stars are already on board with the craze.
Jennifer Lopez wore glittering, star-shaped baubles when she performed in Italy over the weekend, actress Elizabeth Banks donned big, elaborate diamond earrings to a recent event at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and fashion plate Ashley Olsen wore a similar pair to the Tommy Hilfiger Fall Fashion Show in New York City.
So how can you pull this look off for the office or a big night out? First, select the right diamond earrings. This trend is about fun and modern shapes, and for full impact they should be no smaller than the size of a quarter. (Crystal earrings will work for this style, too.)
If you plan to wear this look to the office, sweep your hair back into a loose bun and wear nude lipstick. If you’re heading out to paint the town red, go all out with bright lips and loose tresses.