If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then pearls are her classy big sister. Most of us are used to thinking of diamonds and pearls as statement jewelry that we would never dream of mixing. Yet not only can these stones be mixed successfully, but together they become something far more lavish than they could ever be on their own.
Diamonds and pearls can actually support and round each other out perfectly.
Pearls can mute the flashiness of diamonds, bringing them down to earth; meanwhile, diamonds can take away the “old fashioned” element from pearls, making it possible to wear them in an edgier, modern way.
It is true that they do not effortlessly match – but that is part of why they make such a statement when paired correctly.
There are a few things you’ll need to remember to do this successfully.
What Is the Occasion?
Are you going to an old high-school friend’s wedding? This would be an excellent chance to try out the mixture of pearls and diamonds.
Consider the luxury of chocolate pearls and miniature diamonds as a bracelet, combined with a pair of tiny diamond studs and a plush velvet dress in a wine hue.
Consider Your Size
As with any fashion statement, consider your own proportions when choosing your jewelry.
Don’t expect to be able to simultaneously wear an ornate diamond and pearl studded cuff and large chandelier earrings if you are petite. The jewels will appear to be wearing you.
If you are a tall, well-built woman, then don’t invest in a delicate diamond and seed pearl choker – it would become lost on your person and make you seem too large.
Set the Mood with Your Jewels
Pearls have a wonderful reputation for giving skin a luminous glow. It is a good idea to consider your skin type before you buy pearls.
If you are pale, go for a rosy tint; if your skin is olive or well-tanned, opt for a bluer tone.
While pearls reflect your glow, diamonds reflect the radiance of the lights you’ll be under.
If you’re going out on a fancy dinner date in the evening, diamonds and pearls could be an explosive combination – whether you choose to wear an evening gown or a pair of dark-wash jeans and a gauzy silk shirt.
The diamonds will reflect the romantic lighting while the pearls make your skin appear to radiate.
A good rule to remember is to keep the two gems from competing; one should be the star while the other supports and enhances.
Whether your style leans more toward pop star or princess, diamonds and pearls are being worn with both edginess and classic glamour.
If you are interested in adding this combo to your collection, but you still lack confidence in your own jewelry designing savvy, opt for a predesigned piece.
Perhaps try a diamond pendant on a string of pearls; or, buy a set of pearl cluster earrings and wear them with a diamond studded chain for a lunch engagement over a vibrant colored shift dress and heels.