I like pearls, and often wear my late mother-in-law’s pearl bracelet and stud earrings. Here is the pearl bracelet with my mother’s silver bangle from the 1950s.

When I got married I wore my mother’s pearl necklace – also from the 1950s.

I absolutely adore the subtle glow that pearls have. They look so beautiful against the skin. I learned long ago that it is better to wear pearls often than to leave them in your jewellery box. This is because the oils in your skin keep them moisturised, and prevent them from drying out and the nacre (iridescent layer) flaking. I have the knotted threads replaced regularly in strung pearls.

I avoid pearl rings though, because they are a little more fragile than I would like. At least a necklace, earrings, and bracelet get less of a hammering. I am bad about removing my rings when washing hands or doing manual work.

I have seen pearls of all shapes, sizes and coloured. But I have never seen engraved one. Have you? I didn’t even know you could do this. These are by Nadja, of Swiss Company, By Millin. Aren’t they gorgeous?


Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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