Pastels were the influence on the spring runways, so it’s only logical that these proper feminine jewels should land a spot on the hit list, too. Instead of a substantial belt, opt for more romantic accessory (à la Chanel) and wear opera pearls, like this freshwater strand by Mikimoto, above, as a belt. Iris Apfel says, “Chanel did it, I do it. Why not?
Most of us today wear cultured pearls, man-made by people who insert a bead or other object into an oyster or clam. The clam coats the foreign matter with nacre, the patina that gives pearls their unique appearance. Even cultured pearls with thicker coatings are more fragile than most other gemstones, so you must handle them carefully to keep them in the best condition.
Taking care of your pearls: Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you've applied your makeup and perfume.
Be sure to take off your pearl rings before you apply hand and body creams.
Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away.
Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a mild soap and water.
Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
Don't put pearl jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner.
Don't use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with abrasive cloth. Both can wear away the nacre coating, leaving your pearls with no luster.