Timeless Jewelry Icons
How does a piece of jewelry become iconic? The appreciation of the general public matters, but celebrity endorsements are what truly earns it that status. In this article, we will explore a few of the most appreciated gemstones and ornaments and the women who made them famous, as well as offer you a few tips on how to wear them yourself.
Pearls Will Never Go out of Style
Over the years, people have erroneously started to assume that pearls were an outdated trinket that only old maids and dubious aunts still wore. However, in spite of this common misconception, the famous statement of former First Lady of the United States Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis rings as true today as it did back in the 1960s: pearls are always appropriate.
In fact, the beloved Jackie O isn’t the only FLOTUS that notoriously adorned herself in pearls. Michelle Obama, a more recent name on the roster, is seldom seen without her double-stranded necklace. Sarah Jessica Parker, who is as keen of a fashionista as her on-screen persona as Carrie Bradshaw in hit TV series Sex and the City, also notoriously loves them.
Nowadays, pearls are no longer the cultural and aesthetic relics of the old world. Newer generations have embraced them wholeheartedly, so it’s as likely to spot women wearing real pearl earrings in nightclubs or film premieres as it is to see them on display at the Epsom Derby. They are the most elegant way to accessorize any outfit and emulate celebrity style.
But while many famous women love pearls, no other does it quite as beautifully as the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine, formerly known as Kate Middleton. Prince William’s spouse has achieved the perfect balance between the grace of this ornament and its abilities to be worn both casually and unconventionally.
Back in 2014, she wore a pair of beautiful pearl-drop earrings during the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand and set the tone for a new fashion trend that many were quick to jump on. Now, we see such pieces around the necks and wrists of the likes of Rita Ora, Katy Perry or Angelina Jolie, but it was Britain’s sweetheart Kate who started it all.
If you want to incorporate a hint of her impeccable fashion taste into your everyday outfits, pair one single item of pearl jewelry with your stylish casual or office looks. For an added edge, try a cascading statement necklace. And when in doubt, you can never go wrong with the classic white single-strand. Its timeless appeal will certainly complete your look.
Diamonds Truly Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Many are saying that pearls are becoming the new diamonds, but we believe that these gems deserve an everlasting category of their own. Diamonds were, are, and always will be the most prestigious item one can have in their jewelry collection. Over the years, darlings of the silver screen such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly, have added to their prestige.
If there is one thing these women had in common in the accessory department, it was minimalism. Audrey Hepburn often wore delicate diamond earrings with her little black dresses, while Marilyn chose one glistening accent piece that complemented her bottle blonde locks and blood-red lipstick to perfection.
As for the striking Princess of Monaco, ‘regal’ doesn’t even begin to describe her sense of style. She could have drenched herself in diamonds if she wanted to, but she chose to keep it clean and focus on minimalism. If you want to achieve that classic appearance, that is exactly the rule of thumb to follow.
Nevertheless, if you want to flaunt it, you can do that as well. Modern celebrities have no problem doing that, especially when it comes to their engagement rings. Ariana Grande is currently rocking a 100,000-dollar three-carat pear-shaped gemstone due to a recent proposal from her comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member boyfriend Pete Davidson.
Their promise for forever took place in June 2018, and the following month, another celebrity couple got engaged with a stunning ten-carat oval diamond ring by Solow & Co. We’re talking about Justin Bieber and his darling Hailey Baldwin, actor Stephen Baldwin’s daughter.
Rapper Cardi B, which is known for her flamboyant outfits, also has a 500,000-dollar stunner around her ring finger. After all, her fiancé (now alleged husband) Offset is in the Migos. All these celebrity sightings further reinstate the fact that this precious stone will forever be engrained in our culture.
Rubies, Sapphires, and Emeralds, Oh My!
Any discussion about celebrities and their jewels could never be complete without Elizabeth Taylor. Her collection has been valued at over 25 million dollars, and her passion for gemstones is as well documented as her love of men and marriage. She even wrote a book about it entitled My Love Affair with Jewelry in which she explores this craving that began at a very young age.
Up until the age of 30, she had already amassed quite the impressive assortment that included the Bulgari diamond and emerald suite, an exquisite set of Burmese rubies and diamonds from Cartier, and the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond which she had received as a gift from Richard Burton, her fifth and sixth, and debatably favorite, husband.
Over the course of their very public and candid romance, Burton showered Taylor with jewels. And while she received historic diamonds and famous pearls, she notoriously preferred rubies, sapphires, and emeralds over them on any given day.
Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor. Just remember to incorporate color in your pieces every now and then. White pearls and diamonds are beautiful, but accessorizing is all about having fun with your look. Celebrate the film industry’s most controversial leading lady by being adventurous with your look.
The Bottom Line
Pearls and diamonds will always be the two timeless pieces that represent celebrity style, although rubies, sapphires, and emeralds are up there as well. You don’t have to break the bank and replicate the collection of your favorite celebrity to a T, but rather take a few elegance hints and incorporate them into your outfits wisely.
Article courtesy of Pearls Only