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What did Coco Chanel say about pearls?

The great Coco Chanel once said: “Pearls are always right.” It was she who made pearls the most democratic decoration that suits any woman and goes with any clothes. Coco Chanel considered pearls to be the favorite of her collections; it was she who approved the combination of white pearls with a black sweater, a dark elegant jacket and a little black dress. For a long time, pearls were considered jewelry only for respectable spouses. But it was boring: a girl from a wealthy family, maybe cute, and nothing more. Today, new vibrant pearl jewelry demonstrates how modern and in the best sense fashionable real pearls can be. Who said that pearls suit only colorless ladies and are not interesting to young and bright modern women? It’s time to radically change your idea of ​​this luxurious seafood gift. Pearl jewelry has changed no less than women themselves. Never before have they been as beautiful, bright and fashionable in the best sense as they are today. Necklaces made from irregularly shaped multi-colored baroque pearls or extra-long necklaces in the style of Coco Chanel are especially beloved and have nothing in common with the standard pale threads of past decades. This season, pearl jewelry creates a pleasant excitement, and this is its main novelty. Not all pearl jewelry fans know that pearls can shine in all possible shades. Black, grey, blue, pink or gold colors are an interesting alternative to boring white pearls. Like diamonds, some colors are rare and therefore especially expensive. Such rarities include, for example, golden, pinkish or black-green, like peacock feathers, pearls from the island of Tahiti. Another advantage of pearls is their discreet nature. Pearls do not sparkle like precious stones and allow a woman to shine on her own. Globally, $600 million worth of pearl jewelry is produced each year, although this is only a fraction of what is spent on diamonds, for example. But pearls are something extraordinary, because no pearl is like another, and their colors are captivating. Even jewelers who deal with pearls every day are amazed when they see, for example, Tahitian dark blue pearls. How to distinguish artificial pearls from natural ones? No matter how developed and professional the production of artificial pearls is, real color cannot be created according to plan. Here it would not be amiss to insert a few words about the origin of pearls. There are three types of pearls: natural, artificial and cultured. The cheapest ones, of course, are artificial ones, made of glass or plastic. A little flair makes it easy to distinguish such jewelry from the real thing.
Compared to smooth cultured pearls, natural mother-of-pearl pearls appear rougher and have a slightly irregular shape. It is more difficult with artificially grown (cultured) pearls. The only way to distinguish it from pearls born in a sea shell is with the help of an X-ray: inside a cultured pearl there is a core, while oriental pearls (the so-called pearls born in the sea) have only a tiny cavity in the middle. Extra long pearl necklaces are versatile and can be worn with a sweater and jeans, wrapped around the wrist or clipped to the hip. By the way, the old story about a grain of sand falling into an oyster shell and becoming a pearl is not true. In fact, a parasite, such as a small worm, is introduced into the shell and gets into the nacre-producing tissues of the oyster. These tissues envelop the parasite, forming a kind of sac around it, around which the pearl appears; the parasite dies and decomposes, and a cavity appears in its place.
In contrast, it is not a parasite that is introduced into the shell of a cultured oyster, but a piece of tissue from another oyster. This tissue does not decompose, but hardens and forms the core of the pearl. The world’s most popular oyster for pearl farming is the Akoya oyster, which inhabits the eastern seas around Japan, China, Vietnam and Australia. It is only suitable for the production of pearls and is not suitable for food. The popularity of pearls is confirmed by the latest collection shows; many designers were inspired by the images of the 50s, and what jewelry is best suited for this era if not pearl jewelry! Recently, pearls have really become popular; they are used in bracelets, rings and necklaces.
Pearl jewelry is a trend that is very easy to choose specifically for your look. A major advantage of pearls over precious stones is that, despite their high value, they are reasonably priced. You can buy a beautiful pearl jewelry for the price of a good sweater (about 5.000 rubles). But how can you ensure the quality? First of all, you should pay attention to the shine. A sparkling pearl necklace immediately makes a woman noticeable; on the contrary, matte pearls that lack shine are not the best choice. In addition, it is important to evaluate the nature of the surface: the smoother it is, the better; the only exceptions are the already mentioned baroque pearls of irregular shape. An excellent example will be perfectly round and quite expensive, because a perfectly round pearl is extremely rare. Pearl is the only stone that brings happiness if you give it to yourself. Experts say that pearls cannot be given to other people – supposedly the stone is very offended by this. This may, of course, be nonsense, but that’s for sure that pearls sense the mood of their owner. If the pearls on your neck suddenly become dull, or, even worse, cracked, expect trouble. The owner of this decoration either got sick, or someone “jinxed” her, if you believe in that, of course. Yes, this stone – pearls – is not easy. You need a special approach to him, but if he loves you, then happiness and beauty are guaranteed to you! This greatest woman invented the famous perfume, little black dress, sportswear, cardigan, beach suits and jewelry. The elegant simplicity of the designs has conquered almost the whole world, and most society ladies still use her advice. It was she who said: “pearls are always right” and believed that mother-of-pearl would never go out of fashion and would be an appropriate decoration for daytime and evening looks. Our article is dedicated to the famous trendsetter – Coco Chanel. In the photo: Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel’s real name is Gabrielle. According to some reports, her father affectionately called her “ko-ko,” which means “chicken” in French. Gabrielle loved and was so proud of this nickname that the whole world still remembers her exactly as Coco Chanel. Mademoiselle Coco opened her first store in Paris in 1910 and literally burst into the world of high fashion, becoming one of the leading Parisian fashion designers. Over the course of several years, she created various outfits that had a comfortable fit. Many ladies from high society loved to visit the Chanel boutique, because it was here that they could take off their uncomfortable corset and put on comfortable clothes. As a fashion designer, Coco followed the rule: “luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” In the photo: Gabrielle Chanel boutique. Gabrielle Chanel was one of the first to open an accessories and jewelry boutique in her store. Chanel’s jewelry was innovative because she combined both artificial and natural gemstones in her designs. In that era, jewelry was divided into “fine” and “costume jewelry,” so Mademoiselle Coco’s move was revolutionary. Ladies from high society dressed in expensive outfits and wore only exquisite jewelry. Ladies from the middle class could afford inexpensive jewelry or costume jewelry. And girls from lower society were content only with jewelry. Coco Chanel felt this like no one else, and therefore brought to life one of her brilliant ideas: all ladies are worthy of attention. But she did it on a provocative scale: she called for wearing jewelry with precious stones and jewelry together. Such unconventional ideas gave Coco Chanel social power. In the photo: Coco Chanel. Intrigued by her mysterious personality and provocative ideas, women of all social classes were influenced by Coco Chanel. Mademoiselle not only dictated fashion, she broke stereotypes, proving that jewelry is not a demonstration of wealth, jewelry is part of the image. Gabrielle said that the role of jewelry was to decorate the ensemble, not to flaunt wealth. For this reason, she defied convention by wearing an abundance of jewelry. Although in the evening she could appear in society without them. Coco Chanel did not want to copy someone else’s style or adapt to fashion trends. She defied nature with her bold use of color and size. The couturier skillfully combined glass, enamel and other non-precious details with elegant jewelry stones. She drew inspiration from everywhere: from medieval stained glass windows, Russian icons, Byzantine mosaics, works of ancient sculpture, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, authentic artifacts and much more. In the photo: Coco Chanel. More than anything else, Coco Chanel loved pearls. She liked the understated elegance of mother-of-pearl beads and Mademoiselle believed that pearls had a magical ability to catch light and illuminate the features of a woman’s face. There is no other jewelry that is closely associated with the image of Gabrielle Chanel. She believed that pearls are the perfect accent that can be worn always and with any clothes. Modern fashion designers, following the rules of Mademoiselle Coco, have identified several criteria why mother-of-pearl should be in every woman’s jewelry wardrobe:

  • it looks good on everyone;
  • there are many colors and varieties;
  • mother of pearl is a classic;
  • pearls are always in fashion and out of season;
  • goes well with other jewelry and precious stones;
  • can be combined with any style.

In the photo: the “Longi” set from the Maxim Demidov jewelry house.

Chanel introduced pearl strands into fashion, and she herself preferred to wear multi-layered mother-of-pearl necklaces, the length of which was more than a meter. To this day, pearl threads are considered the hallmark of the Chanel fashion house. Gabrielle preferred to wear studs and did not like long earrings. The famous couturier also loved to wear large silver cuff bracelets from the Sicilian duke and jeweler Fulco di Verdura. The bracelets were covered with enamel and decorated with Maltese crosses made of precious stones: yellow sapphires, rubies, diamonds and other stones.

In the photo: Coco Chanel and bracelets from the Sicilian Duke and Jeweler Fulco di Verdura.

Coco Chanel is the woman who created a real fashion revolution. There is hardly a person who does not admire the creations of the famous couturier. All her ideas were too innovative for their time and deserve special attention.

What else did Coco Chanel bring into fashion?

Gabrielle Chanel gave this world women’s trousers because she was not tempted to wear uncomfortable corsets and multi-layered skirts. One day, while on vacation at a seaside resort, Coco wore men’s trousers instead of a bathing suit. Her fashion followers quickly began to follow suit and copy what she wore. The couturier herself said: “I did it because I wanted to provide comfort.”

In the photo: Coco Chanel introduced women’s trousers into fashion.

Coco Chanel was the first designer who dared to use knitwear to create women’s clothing. At that time, women’s wardrobe consisted mainly of thick silk and satin combined with an uncomfortable corset. During the wartime period, expensive and beautiful fabrics became not only unaffordable, but also very impractical, as women had to replace men in many activities. Coco Chanel creates a small casual collection of knitwear for ladies. This move created a real sensation, and the reason turned out to be the lightness of the material, practicality and elasticity.

In the photo: Coco Chanel introduced knitted clothing for women into fashion.

One of the most innovative achievements that Coco Chanel brought to the world of fashion was her signature perfume. In 1921, Mademoiselle introduced Chanel No. 5, which contained not only the essence, but also a rich bouquet of many aromas: jasmine, sandalwood, amber, aldehyde and ylang-ylang. Coco Chanel’s main goal when creating perfume was to create a scent that smells like a real woman.

Even today, Chanel No. 5 remains one of Mademoiselle Coco’s most successful designs and is considered luxury.

In the photo: advertising campaign from 1921 to 1937 for Chanel No. 5.

Gabrielle Chanel never approved of excessive color variations in clothing. Therefore, in 1926, she introduced her “little black dress” to society. Vogue magazine published the sketch with a positive review: “This dress will be in the wardrobe of every tasteful woman.” From now on, black color became associated with sophistication and style.

In the photo: Coco Chanel introduced the little black dress into fashion.

Few people know, but it was Coco Chanel who introduced tanning into fashion. At the beginning of the last century, dark skin was popular among the lower class. After Mademoiselle Coco returned from a long vacation on the French Riviera, everyone saw her tan. Fans began to admire Gabrielle’s complexion and quickly began to follow her example. Over time, a golden tan became a sign of wealth and beauty, as it still is today.

In the photo: Coco Chanel.

Coco actively communicated with the world’s representatives of the secular elite: she attended ballet performances, met with the artist Pablo Picasso, the famous ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev, composer Igor Stravinsky, politician Winston Churchill, poet Pierre Reverdy and playwright Jean Cocteau. Many famous people sought to communicate with Mademoiselle Chanel and noted her wit and originality of thought.

Coco Chanel worked and created new fashion projects until she was very old. She often said that ideas came to her head even in her sleep. However, the success of the fashion house lies in something completely different. From the very beginning, Chanel sold not only women’s clothing and jewelry, but also the art of living.

Gabrielle Chanel remained faithful to pearls until the end of her life, making them a fashion trend for centuries. To this day, mother-of-pearl creations continue to amaze the imagination of many fashionistas. Whether it is a pearl thread, studs or other jewelry with pearls, it will never go unnoticed and the Maxim Demidov jewelry house knows this firsthand. The highly artistic creation “Winter Cherry” is a contrast of snow-white pearls of ideal shape and precious stones. The luxurious jewelry set took 2017st place at the international jewelry exhibition JUNWEX in XNUMX. And this once again proves that the famous couturier’s favorite mother of pearl is a true miracle of nature.

In the photo: the “Winter Cherry” set from the Maxim Demidov jewelry house.

You can see other jewelry from the Maxim Demidov jewelry house in the catalog.

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