Pearls have always had a special role in the royal family, and the tradition is still going strong. Last week, Queen Elizabeth bestowed new family member Meghan Markle with a beautiful pair of diamond and pearl earrings on their first solo outing together. Similar to her own, the earrings bespoke the elegance and class that comes with Meghan’s new title.
Women of the royal family are rarely seen without their pearls; the Queen’s go-to accessories when leaving the palace are a strand of pearls and matching earrings. And why not? Pearls have been associated with royalty for centuries. In ancient China, pearls were used to adorn the crowns of emperors and statues of Buddha. Pearls were a symbol of nobility in France and Rome, and in Elizabethan England, they were restricted to the royal family. Egyptians were buried with pearls in order to take them to the afterlife.
Modern-day royalty continues to lend such status to these naturally-perfect gems. Style icon and gorgeous mother of three Kate Middleton has borrowed several pearl items from the Queen since becoming the Duchess of Cambridge. In 2016, she borrowed a pair of pearl and diamond earrings for her first solo trip, and in 2015 she dazzled in several pieces from the royal jewelry box, including the famous Lotus Flower tiara which belonged to Queen Elizabeth’s late mother. For her wedding in 2011, Kate borrowed the delicate Cartier Halo tiara.
We commoners can also harness the power of the pearl in our every-day outfits. The lustrous shimmer of pearls enhances most skin tones, and can make your face seem brighter, more alert and dewy with minimal effort. Pair them with a chic outfit for a day at the office, or use them to dress up a more casual ensemble for some dynamic contrast. Pearls also look lovely on hair pieces or as embellishments on accessories such as clutches. Don’t forget some mascara and blush, and you’re all set!
Until next time,