The Basics of Pearls: Wearing and Caring

Take care of your pearls to keep them looking great for years.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.

Pearls are eternally hip, classy and fun

Pearls will look great on anyone.Pearls, Mother Nature’s gift to us girls, can complement any look or style. While some ladies may equate a string of pearls with the likes of June Cleaver and Donna Reed, pearls have been making waves as a hip and trendy piece that any modern day woman can wear.

We recommend taking the following factors into account when purchasing these beauties:

1) Pearl Personality. In other words, make sure what you buy matches your disposition. If you’re loud and outgoing try something daring like pistachio-colored or blue baroque pearls. If you’re shy and a little quiet, maybe sport a single white one as a ring.

2) Pearl Portion. When purchasing a pearl necklace, the longer, the better. While our moms may go for shorter, choker-type necklaces, a string of pearls can be long and beautiful. The look screams conservative-chic.

3) Pearl Proficiency. Make sure you know your stuff. When you shop for pearls, the variety of shape, size and color are bound to make you dizzy. Before you go shopping, get some education under your belt. Pearls come in shapes such as round, drop, pear, egg and button, and colors range from white and cream to yellow and rose.

Ladies should remember that pearls are fun and fantastic jewelry pieces. And stay tuned for an updated post that will dig deep into pearl education 101!

Earrings and cocktail rings make Glamour’s top 10 list

Large earrings are pitch-perfect this season. Glamour magazine recently released a list offering their take on the “10 Most Glam Wardrobe Items. Ever.” Though we think that every girl has her own top- 10 must haves (which is what makes style so fun and interesting), we were curious to see what the veritable fashion source listed among their favorites.

So, you might ask, which jewelry items made the list? Dangly earrings and cocktail rings were the sparkling accessories that Glamour saw fit to highlight, and we kind of agree.

Chandelier earrings are the fastest way to take any outfit from blah to bam in no time flat. Whether you like to wear your hair up, down, straight or curly, a hint of flash or color will draw attention to your face and neck, and make you look like a fashion plate even on days when you had to dash out of the house.

As for cocktail rings, where do we begin?

From emerald sparklers to pearl or diamond-encrusted rings, no fancy outfit is complete without a pretty cocktail ring twinkling and shimmering on your finger.

What do you guys think? Let us know which jewelry pieces you couldn’t dream of living without!

Can the under-30s set pull off pearls?

All ages look great in pearls. 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.