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When I recently reread a blog I wrote here several years ago, called “The New Cool of Pearls,” I was immediately struck by the realization that today’s trending pearl jewelry isn’t what I was referring to back in July ’13. Back then, when fashion had really just begun to adopt pearl jewelry into its wardrobes, cool pearl pieces were much about baroque shapes, different pearl colors, and June’s birthstone set in alternative metals.

Lorraine DePasque


Contributing writer for INSTORE and INDESIGN.
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hen I recently reread a blog I wrote here several years ago, called “The New Cool of Pearls,” I was immediately struck by the realization that today’s trending pearl jewelry isn’t what I was referring to back in July ’13. Back then, when fashion had really just begun to adopt pearl jewelry into its wardrobes, cool pearl pieces were much about baroque shapes, different pearl colors, and June’s birthstone set in alternative metals.

Isn’t that still the case? Sure, but, more important, is that now pearl jewelry has been integrated into every on-trend jewelry classification. Make no mistake,it’s the pearl’s entrance into all categories that’s made the difference—integral to what’s making it unmistakably modern: two-stone rings, Y-necklaces, elongated pendants, bar necklaces, skinny open-ended stack bangles, beads and Eastern inspired designs, fringe motifs, negative space designs–and, of course, ear climbers, cuffs, and front-backs. Today, more pearl jewelry, too, is accented with black and brown diamonds—yes, in the same way that diamond, gemstone, and all-gold or platinum jewelry is.  

Truly, though, I shouldn’t have been surprised that the current definition of trendy pearl jewelry is quite different than a few years ago. After all, hasn’t almost everything made that kind of leap? And, look, we have had a front-row seat to the transition, haven’t we?

 

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The New Cool of Pearls … 2 Years Later

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When I recently reread a blog I wrote here several years ago, called “The New Cool of Pearls,” I was immediately struck by the realization that today’s trending pearl jewelry isn’t what I was referring to back in July ’13. Back then, when fashion had really just begun to adopt pearl jewelry into its wardrobes, cool pearl pieces were much about baroque shapes, different pearl colors, and June’s birthstone set in alternative metals.

Lorraine DePasque


Contributing writer for INSTORE and INDESIGN.
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hen I recently reread a blog I wrote here several years ago, called “The New Cool of Pearls,” I was immediately struck by the realization that today’s trending pearl jewelry isn’t what I was referring to back in July ’13. Back then, when fashion had really just begun to adopt pearl jewelry into its wardrobes, cool pearl pieces were much about baroque shapes, different pearl colors, and June’s birthstone set in alternative metals.

Isn’t that still the case? Sure, but, more important, is that now pearl jewelry has been integrated into every on-trend jewelry classification. Make no mistake,it’s the pearl’s entrance into all categories that’s made the difference—integral to what’s making it unmistakably modern: two-stone rings, Y-necklaces, elongated pendants, bar necklaces, skinny open-ended stack bangles, beads and Eastern inspired designs, fringe motifs, negative space designs–and, of course, ear climbers, cuffs, and front-backs. Today, more pearl jewelry, too, is accented with black and brown diamonds—yes, in the same way that diamond, gemstone, and all-gold or platinum jewelry is.  

Truly, though, I shouldn’t have been surprised that the current definition of trendy pearl jewelry is quite different than a few years ago. After all, hasn’t almost everything made that kind of leap? And, look, we have had a front-row seat to the transition, haven’t we?

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Bil Holehan, the manager of Julianna’s Fine Jewelry in Corte Madera, Calif., decided to go on to the next chapter of his life when the store’s owner and namesake told him she was set to retire. Before they left, Holehan says they decided to liquidate some of the store’s aging inventory. They chose Wilkerson for the sale. Why? “Friends had done their sales with Wilkerson and they were very satisfied,” says Holehan. He’d enthusiastically recommend Wilkerson to anyone looking to stage a liquidation or going-out-of-business sale. “There were no surprises,” he says. “They were very professional in their assessment of our store, what we could expect from the sale and they were very detailed in their projections. They were pretty much on the money.”

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