If diamonds are the key to our heart, representing the ever eternal, very exclusive love between us and our beloved, then that makes pearls our best gal pals. Diamonds are forever. This remains true, and they are quite literally the physical token of a man’s love wrapped in an opulent piece of jewelry we get to wear everyday for the rest of our lives. Just the thought makes me stare longingly and lustfully at the diamond ring and pave-set diamond band that has sat on my left hand for the past seven years. That’s right! We are wined, dined, romanced, and courted for a lifetime by our one in a million diamond rings- oh yes, ladies, I said courted for a lifetime: see your self-worth handbook with any questions- but we lunch, gab, and share shopping secrets with our pearls. And while diamonds are elusive and irreplaceable, pearls can either bob and weave in and out of our lives with the season or stay cheerfully for a lifetime, sometimes seeing us through the evolution that will lead us down that fated aisle and beyond.
So what makes pearls our jewelry box favorites? Versatility for one! Found in a staggering variety of lengths, sizes, colors, and price points, the sky is the limit with these classic faves. And unlike with our diamond rings- which may get the rare face lift if you see fit- we can swap and play with pearls to our hearts content! From long strand to chokers, layered together and with chains, or worn solitary as a simple statement piece, there is one for every occasion and every day comes with a new bevy of possibilities.
And it’s not only their range s that makes them versatile but also the ease with which we can style them. Paired perfectly with everything, office garb to a cocktail frock, pearls are equal to the task. Or take a cue from the illustrious Carrie Bradshaw- who is rarely seen without her best gal pals- and wear your pearls with a casual tee shirt and blazer combo for a downtown meets uptown collision of chic. Pearls can add posh, femininity, quirkiness, or vintage appeal to just about any ensemble depending on which of the many pearl options you choose.
My diamond ring may never leave my left hand whilst some of my pearls go seasons without showing themselves– and that is also one of the things we love about our pearls, isn’t it? Pearls- like a good pair of boots or a Breton stripe boat neck- have transcended the concept of trendiness. A truly great strand of pearls is never really out of season and is always just a lift of the jewelry box away from being our renewed BFF. From playing dress up in my mother’s collection as a child to the many clusters and strands that adorned my bridal jewelry, birdcage veil, décolletage, and dress, it looks as though some pearls are forever too. And while my diamond ring will be eternally treasured and loved, I cherish my best pals, uh, pearls with true affection.