But, sadly, today pearls are often considered old-fashioned. I don’t agree. Firstly, pearls have a luminescent nature that makes the skin glow and gives it a lustre, resulting in the opposite effect to aging (so always choose the pearls with the deepest lustre available). Additionally, whilst you may no longer want to wear a short pearl necklace if you've become better suited to a lower neckline, a longer strings of pearls will elongate the face and neck, and liven up the plainest of outfits.
So how do you spot the difference between fake pearls vs. real ones?
If you do own real pearls, here are some helpful tips to keep them at their best and to retain their lustre:
1. Put them on after applying cosmetics, fake tanning products, perfume and hairspray as these products can all damage them.
2. Don't wear them whilst exercising or swimming in chlorinated water.
3. Store them in silk or chamois leather, not in plastic as it prevents the air from circulating causing the lustre to dull.
4. Re-string them as soon as the thread discolours, stretches or frays. As soon as the area between the clasp and the first pearl discolours, re-string. Alternatively, it’s best to do it every year if the pearls are worn regularly.