The Popularity of Pearls

The popularity of pearls today can be attributed to fashion icons throughout the decades.

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In the 1920s, Coco Chanel declared her love for pearls and women everywhere followed suit. During that time, fashion was streamlined and a woman’s outfit revolved around her jewelry. Chanel herself was often seen with a pile of pearls wrapped around her neck.

"A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” - Coco Chanel

Society was shocked when they saw her sporting a day time look with pearls because before Chanel they were seen as strictly a nighttime accessory.

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Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy is another fashion icon who is best known for her classic, sophisticated style. Jackie made women everywhere want to wear shift dresses, pill box hats, and of course, pearls. Kennedy was often seen with her triple strand pearl necklace and it was the perfect accessory for all of her elegant outfits.

“Pearls are always appropriate.” - Jackie Kennedy

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Audrey Hepburn is iconically known for wearing pearls on and off camera. She played Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where she wears a simple black dress, long black gloves, and most importantly, pearls! Hepburn influenced the popularity of pearls in women’s 1960s fashion.


People saw Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and in her day to day life wearing pearls and flocked to stores, so that they could buy their own.


Today, pearls are something that should be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. From casual to elegant, pearls enhance your look and provide a subtle elegance to your wardrobe. Here at Providence Diamond, pearls from Mastoloni and David Yurman are some of our favorites!