How to wear pearls

How to wear pearls

This classic opaque gem has intrigued and captivated for centuries, from the 2000-year-old pearl necklace belonging to a Persian princess found in a sarcophagus, to the seed pearls of the Victorian era and most recently Lanvin's return to the pearl on the catwalks of Paris.

Why you need it now

Fictional fashion icon Carrie Bradshaw reignited a lust for pearls (and lots of them), which are no longer just Nanna's favourite, when, in a nod to Coco Chanel (who, incidentally, built a brand on the allure of the pearl), she donned them in SATC. And given the pearl has swarmed the recent runways as arm, neck and ear candy, who doesn't want a piece of the action? But be warned, pearls are an investment piece that come with a hefty price tag - unless, of course, you're prepared to go faux, which is OK too.

Early Undated Photo of French Fashion Designer Coco Chanel

Early Undated Photo of French Fashion Designer Coco Chanel

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What to look for

As always, your jewellery should be a reflection of your personal style. A simple string of pearls is classic, Moroccan-inspired chandelier drops are exotic and a strong statement piece is slick. Pile necklaces or bracelets on thick and embellish with grosgrain, velvet or metal chains or use removable clasps called enhancers to add or remove pendants at whim. Diamonds and pearls such as the Canturi Cubism earrings (Charlotte wears the bracelet from the same collection in the SATC2 trailer) are seriously breathtaking, or look to the elegant simplicity of a pearl or two adorning your hand. Whether it's champagne, black or white, select a colour that works back with the jewels you already own and don't be afraid of irregular shapes that can add an organic edge. Play with costume pieces before investing big dollars to be sure you buy the right thing when you go real.

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