The Modern Pearl

  • By interactive
  • 28 Nov, 2016

Modernize Your Pearls with Custom Handmade Jewelry Design

The Modern Pearl

Pearls have been a favorite of custom jewelers and jewelry fans for centuries but in many cases, Grandma's beloved strand of pearls may clash with your modern style. With the help of contemporary custom jewelry design and a few simple fashion tips, anyone can modernize their pearls and keep them feeling fresh for many years to come. While it is still a good idea to invest in jewelry insurance to help protect your family heirlooms, you can successfully integrate your pearls into your wardrobe.

It's Time to Modernize Your Precious Pearls

The pearl has a rich history throughout the ages and has always been seen as a symbol of prosperity and position in society. During the CoCo Chanel era, the faux pearl was introduced and became instrumental in the fashion world. Now, in our modern times, pearls are most often seen as a throwback to the past and more likely to remind the fashion forward of their mothers, aunts or grandmothers. But pearls can easily become a beautiful focal point of custom handmade jewelry that gives the look of sophistication and style.

Different Types of Pearls

Pearls come in many different forms, ranging from natural to imitation. The style icon, CoCo Chanel, never shied away from using imitation pearls in her designs. Now, high quality artificial pearls are still a great option for jewelry pieces that can be worn without worry. However, natural and cultured pearls can make any custom handmade jewelry item truly shine. Additionally, natural pearls tend to range in color depending on the mollusk. It is not uncommon to find natural pearls in many different colors including white, cream, gold, rose, or the coveted iris hue that is found in Tahitian pearls.

Learn How to Wear Pearls

Pearls are very versatile and can be worn alone in a single strand or paired with other precious gemstones to create a one-of-a-kind look. Follow these tips to avoid a dated look and instead feel modern and chic:

  • Design a custom handmade jewelry piece that uses your pearls alongside modern metals like gold, copper, bronze or gunmetal.
  • Pair your pearls with unique or unusual stones like turquoise, watermelon tourmaline, druzy or lapis lazuli.
  • Layer your pearls! Paring your best strand of pearls with other delicate chains and necklaces is one look that will never go out of style.
  • Stack more simple rings or bracelets around a statement piece that prominently features pearls for a more eclectic and modern look.
  • Play with hard and soft elements by coupling your pearls with different jewelry and design elements like spikes, cubes or free-form styles. This can quickly elevate your pearls into something brand new and very fresh.
  • Let your pearl studs shine by accentuating your facial features. Try pairing them with a bold necklace, layered necklaces or even a statement cuff.

Get Creative with Custom Jewelry Design

While pearls were once seen as dated and old-fashioned, they are making a comeback in a very big way. With the help of master craftsman Christopher, you can easily breathe new life into your treasured pearls by working together to create a fresh and luxurious custom handmade jewelry design. For more information on custom jewelry design in Rockford, IL be sure to visit Jewelry by Christopher online today.

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