When First Lady Barbara Bush wore Kenneth Jay Lane’s 3 row pearl necklace to her husband’s 1989 inaugural ball, she unknowingly started a global faux pearl trend. Her royal blue velvet gown was stunning, but the cultura pearls were both elegant and practical, appealing to women from all walks of life.
A strand of pearls has always been timeless. A classic gift is often a strand of pearls. A single strand of pearls is simple; a double strand of pearls is sophisticated; and three rows of cultura pearls with a statement clasp is stunning.
Pearls can be worn with any color. Pearls elevate any outfit. Pearl studs are classic. Pearl clip earrings are practical. Pearls flanked by pave crystals or adorned with gold clasps are daring.
Barbara Bush wasn’t the only first lady to wear pearls. They have been worn by Martha Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, and most recently, Michele Obama. Barbara Bush helped modernized the cultura pearl necklace. However you decide to wear your cultura pearls, you are honoring tradition in the modern era.