Trending in London: How to wear black pearls
Classic. Elegant. Timeless. Pearls have been a fashion staple across the U.K. for hundreds of years, increasing in popularity every time the royal family is spotted adorned with the gemstone. But as of late, a different kind of pearl has taken centre stage – one that many Brits may not be so familiar with.
Black pearls are trending across the country, and these aren’t the pearls you’re probably accustomed to seeing. The good news? Even if you’re not familiar with this version of the gemstone, it’s relatively easy (and inexpensive) to pull off the look. From dainty pieces perfect for Sunday tea to a more casual summer look, there are many ways to incorporate black pearls into your existing style. But first, a quick lesson on the Tahitian black pearl.
What is a black pearl?
Black pearls are typically formed inside the Tahitian black-lipped Pinctada margaritifera oyster. White pearl oysters can also produce black pearls if they have black colouring in their nacre ( though the odds aren’t very high – about 1 in 10,000). Also known as Tahitian pearls and black South Sea pearls, black pearls are cherished for their incredibly exotic colours and mirror-like lustre. Whereas other pearl types are typically limited in colour, Tahitian pearls consist of hundreds of overtones with exotic shades such as peacock green, silver green, blue, and eggplant. These pearls are found exclusively in French Polynesia.
How to wear them
Here’s a quick rundown, and for some additional reading you can check out this blog, which provides a nice recap and style suggestions.
Around the neck
Follow the neckline! That’s rule number one. For a round neckline, try a choker. For a plunging neckline, try and stick to something that accentuates the look; a long, plunging strand of black pearls will do the trick.
Stackable rings have been very much in style for nearly a decade. You can experiment with different colours and tones by working in black Tahitian pearls. They make a great accent. Just remember, simple is usually best. No need to overdo it.
Follow the Duchess of Cambridge’s style; she typically wears dainty, minimalist bracelets and earrings. The best part about this look is that it’s incredibly versatile. While the classic strand of pearls will never go out of style, minimalistic is more modern – and for that you’ll need a solitaire.
Sun-kissed skin and black pearls are a match made in heaven. Whether you’re on a beachside holiday or spending some time at your local swimming centre, black pearls with dark peacock green and copper overtones make for an easy, stylish win.
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