I'm having a major pearl moment. I've always admired them but haven't always loved the way they looked on me. Perhaps they seemed a little too precious for my personality... But after my oh-so polished and dignified, pearl-obsessed maternal grandmother passed away, I became drawn to these tiny, lustrous gifts from the sea. I've started wearing a few family heirloom pieces from time to time but have slowly added some new, contemporary ones as well. I'm lucky to know jewelry designer Melani Wilson, who mixes the elegant pearl with striking black cord to create feminine but strong pearl jewelry for the modern woman.
Wilson also lets the pearl shine on its own with simple and chic settings for pieces that go with everything - up or down, high or low. I love the idea of a kickass pearl necklace over a stylish grey sweatshirt with distressed denim and leather booties - in fact, this may become my Fall wardrobe. If you tend to be a little more Kate Moss than Jackie O, this is the way to wear pearls.