Thursday, February 23, 2017

A New You....Diamonds and Pearls...

This isn't the first time I've posted about my love affair with pearls.
You can see my posts on pearls here, here and here.
I love how a pair of pearl earrings, either studs or delicate drops like my favourites, above, elevate whatever I'm wearing to 'classy'.
I've often read and heard, that the only earrings one really needs, is a pair of pearl studs, and some diamonds. Nice, if you can get 'em. If not, there's always the faux kind!
I recently stumbled across an old style bible I'd had for years and years.
In it was a shot of this lovely lady in denim and coral, with signet ring, statement watch and minimal makeup...
...this one of a peaches and cream kind of blonde woman, with bright smile, leopard chiffon scarf, and buttery shirt...

...this gorgeous shot of a redhead wearing the perfect colour, and makeup for her pretty features...

...a very elegant silver haired lady, immaculately groomed and made up...

...this olive skinned beauty, wearing monochromatic tones and a lipstick that I'd kill to know the name of...

...and finally this lady, who I think would look at home in any corporate environment, even now.

What's the one thing that dates these photographs, seating them firmly in the 1980s/1990s?
It's the BIG earrings, the STATEMENT earrings, the BOLD earrings, the OVERSIZED earrings. In case I haven't made the point clearly enough, in every single instance, it's the EARRINGS that date their look.
Sure if you look more closely there's a bit too much earthy blusher happening, and they're all rocking the overgroomed hairstyle of that era, but honestly, I can forgive that.
But those earrings. Gosh. Did we all really wear them? Do you still wear them? Is it time for a new pair of earrings in your wardrobe of accessories?
I think these photos are a perfect argument, for one pair of pearl studs, and a nice pair of diamond ones.
When I think what I've spent on earrings in my lifetime...yes of the oversized bold type, the chandelier type, the gypsy hoop type, the clip-ons, the strands, the goes on and on....I could have had the best pearls and diamonds on the planet. And more than one pair if I really wanted.
Do it. Treat yourself to a pair of good pearl earrings. Layby them if you have to. Buy vintage or estate if you can...they have more lustre through being worn. And if you really cannot spare the cash, splurge $10 on a pair of decent faux ones. They're everywhere.
Wear them constantly, and enjoy the way they make you feel.
And start saving for the diamond ones.
You deserve it ;-)


  1. Hi Mimi, thanks for your encouragement to be the best we can be everyday.I have never had my ears pierced. Is it possible to still be stylish without earrings? I have lived 47 years without them.

    1. Of course you can be stylish without them. In fact that's why I believe that understated earrings are more elegant. It means the focus is on your face, not on your jewellery. Mimi xxx

  2. Darling Mimi,
    thanks most sincerely for another so lovely post of yours !
    I also love pearls, just the earrings you've posted in the first photo, they're quite simple but so elegant at the same time !

    Sending blessings of joy on the remainder of your week,
    sweet, dearest friend

    XOXO Dany

    1. Dearest Daniela, your comments are always a breathe of fresh air. I'm so pleased to see you here. Pearls are perfect aren't they? I'll pop over to visit you soon. Mimi xxx

  3. Mimi you're a woman after my own heart. I have two pairs of earrings that I wear all the time. I have a pair of black freshwater pearl earrings that I bought whilst on my African safari two years ago. They are small and are an odd oval and lumpy shape. I also have a pair of diamond studs that my lovely Bluey bought for me for our 25th Wedding Anniversary a number of years ago. I have a number of other pairs but these two are my favourites.

    1. Hi Jane. Black pearls would be stunning, and Bluey is one heck of a guy, isn't he? I think the other thing about just having the two pairs, or at least limited pairs, is that you don't need much storage space! Mimi xxx

  4. I glued my glitzy 80s earrings to silver napkin holders. I use them for fun tea parties. My neighbors 5 yr. old daughter fell in love with her, oh, so beautiful napkin ring.

    1. Barbara, what a clever idea! Love it! Mimi xxx

  5. When my MIL downsized, she gave me all her old costume jewelry. You can immediately see the 80's styles, but the older ones from the 40's & 50's are just beautiful and I often wear them. The quality is great.

    I do love pearls, but I love all earrings in general. I love changing them, I love the colored crystals, etc. I've never been a fan of diamonds- my husband couldn't believe I didn't want one for our engagement- I got an emerald cut garnet!- I love the colors too much. Peridot and golden topaz and garnets and green tourmaline and fire opals and and and....I'm a colorful girl!

    Another ideas for those large earrings that have post backs? Bulletin board tacks! On my bulletin board, you'll find old earrings and tack pins from awards, vacations, or whatever. They're fun to look at. Memories!


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