The pearl has come along way throughout history and is no longer confined to grandmas jewelry box! Pearls are one of the fashion industry’s favourite embellishment and we are seeing them everywhere from the lining of denim shorts to pearl encrusted headbands. The beauty of pearls is universal and they are certainly not limited to necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
In this post, we are going to examine the many different ways in which pearls have inspired our fashion, culture and lives not to mention their artistic influence. What’s so great about a pearl? A pear is born in the ocean and recovered like a secret treasure; fashion designers, artists and regular folk alike have all drawn inspiration for the iridescent little gem. What gives pearls that beautiful, natural iridescent glow? They are actually made up of layers of calcium carbonate most commonly in the form of nacre, a natural substance which is produced by pearl oysters that coats the inside of the sea creatures shell.