Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sharon Stone in Jeans and Pearls

Sharon is casual, but with a pearl necklace!

A set of pictures over at the Daily Mail caught my eye a few days ago, showing Sharon Stone wearing a casual outfit that I liked—taupe cable knit sweater, denim, taupe suede boots, a fantastic tote, and sunglasses. What also caught my eye was her pearl necklace! I love pearls and wear my Mikimoto pearl studs fairly often, but I seem to have a harder time wearing a pearl necklace on a regular basis. I think some part of my mind still has pearls in the to-be-saved-for-special-occasions category, which is ridiculous. I love the unexpected look of them here on Sharon and the casually glamorous way she wears them!

I love this pearl necklace on Sharon, as well as the sunglasses.

I just picked up a book from the library called People & Pearls: The Magic Endures by Ki Hackney and Diana Edkins, which all of you pearl lovers would appreciate. It has a ton of photos of different women, from First Ladies to heiresses, from royalty to actresses, in pearls. I can’t wait to delve into it more.

(Side Note: I read a review over at Amazon that pointed out some errors in the book—an incorrect date for a Rudolph Valentino film, as well as saying that in the film Gone With the Wind Scarlett O’Hara wore a pearl necklace when she got married to Ashley Wilkes! What??? On closer inspection I found an error to add to the list: the authors state that Grace Kelly’s last film before becoming Princess of Monaco was The Swan (it was actually High Society)! And in this library copy I borrowed, a reader wrote in the margins of the book about the incorrectly-stated provenance of a diamond fringe tiara pictured on the Queen Mother. Wow! I hate coming across mistakes of that sort, it makes me mistrust anything else written. The writers clearly did not spend enough time on research, these are some of the sloppiest mistakes I have ever seen in print.)

Getting back to the subject at hand, Sharon’s look reminds me just to pile on the pearls and get on with my day! I love this three-stand version on her and how it just peeks out from under her sweater.

I really love the tote, as well as the boots.

I do not own a real pearl necklace but have a set of Mallorca faux pearls that my grandmother bought sometime in the 1970s or 80s. My mother gave them to me a few years ago (thank you Mom!) and I went looking for them after paging through the pearl book. I love the golden tone of them and will start wearing them right away. I think Sharon (and Coco!) would approve, don’t you?

I love the golden shade of these faux pearls my grandmother purchased in the 1970s (I think).

Let me know if you wear your pearls (real or faux) with jeans or if you save them for special occasions.

All photos of Sharon by AKM-GSI-Xposure.


Carol said...

I have a string of Mallorca pearls I bought in the Virgin Islands more than 30 years ago. Your post reminded me that I need to get the clasp fixed and start wearing them again.

Jill said...

Hi Carol! How wonderful about the Mallorca pearls you own as well! I just saw on an Etsy shop listing a very long strand of them and they were featured in a case identical to the one I have. I hope you do get the clasp fixed on yours and wear them as soon as possible. We are pearl twins! xx

Susan Winham said...

Great post and couldn't agree with you more. Let's get our pearls out and wear them!!

HappyFace313 said...

:-) My mom gave me her short string of pearls she purchased ages ago, when I was a kid some years ago.
I used to wear the necklace every single day. Then for my 50th B-Day I received a single pearl pendant from the Mr that I attach to a short gold necklace. Since then I've been wearing it almost every day if I don't wear my mom's pearls. And of course pearl earrings. I wear those, too.

So, yes - I do wear (a) pearl(s) every day.

I think I should do a blog post some time in correspondence with yours. Or what about a "How I Wear My: Pearls" some day?

Great photos of Sharon Stone, by the way! I do like her style here. She looks natural and comfortable and her age.

She is a face of an ad campaign of a German clothes company and her pictures are extreme retouched so that she looks like 30, which I think is a real bad joke.

Big hug xo :-)

une femme said...

I have both, and need to make a point to wear them more often. Love Sharon Stone's whole look here...casually elegant.

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

I have a small 3 strand one but i feel it chokes my neck and pearls deserve a nice neck. But I have a pearl pendant one I got when Mikimoto had a rare sale and now I wish I bought a proper strand there but I love Sharon's style

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Sharon has a great look and the pearls are a lovely way to dress up a casual outfit.
I wear my pearls a lot!
I have freshwater strands as well as the classic cultures sea pearls...I have 2 long opera length strands bit baroque and a short classic choker as well as a bubble gum sized multi coloured strand and a grey freshwater set that are all odd shapes...a Xmas gift from my daughter.
So you see I believe whole heartedly on wearing not keep them for a special occasion...wear them and feel gorgeous!

rosie said...

Hi Jill,

That's the iconic silent film star Louise Brooks on the cover of People & Pearls. She really rocked the bob hairstyle & pearls.

I do wear pearls with casual clothes. Usually pearl studs. I also have a Mallorca necklace that is a silver chain with one large black pearl that I wear constantly.

Hermesmerized™ the duchessofH said...

Jill you should wear you Mallorca, and care for them exactly as you would care for real pearls. The method of creating the "nacre" for Mallorca pearls is still kept secret I think?

I wear my pearls a lot, and I'm generally wearing jeans, and Lacoste polo tees.
Pearls like the light, and humidity; but they don't like sweat. Body oil and sweat is acidic and damages the nacre.
Always make sure you wipe down your pearls after wearing them, using a VERY warm wet cloth, and rest them flat to dry overnight on a towel.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Pearls and denim...I love the idea. I need to bring mine out ...haven't worn in a while. Thanks Jill!

Anonymous said...

I wear the pearls of my mother every day. So i have always something with me that reminds memy mother. And pearls go with all clothes and in all circumstances.

Kathy said...

I actually only wear them casually, I find them a bit matronly on me if I'm dressy. I love them tucked into a shirt, tee shirt, or sweater - they look especially great with a light blue chambray work shirt I think. Yours are beautiful and from your grandmother - wear them!

Jill said...

Hi Susan! I am going to start wearing this Mallorca strand regularly. I'm glad Sharon Stone's picture reminded me of it! x

Jill said...

Hi Claudia, Adrienne and I have thought about devoting a HIWM to pearls so maybe we will get on that sooner rather than later! I like to hear how you incorporate heirloom and gifted pieces into your look daily. That is so great! As for Sharon, I wish they wouldn't retouch her face and I hope she is not having a lot of work done. I have read she thinks filler is okay but she hasn't had a face lift. And I hope she doesn't! I also hope she steers clear of Botox. I think she should keep her face as it is and let it age. xx

Jill said...

Hi Une Femme, I'm with you, Sharon's casually elegant look is perfect! I am going to try to channel her sartorial energy this weekend and just add a strand of pearls.

Still dreaming about all the VCA beauties you photographed at the exhibit in Beverly Hills! That was one of the jewelry highlights of my month and I can't thank you enough! xx

Jill said...

Naomi my dear I feel more and more we are kindred spirits. I'm thinking of your Kelly and your taste in scarves and jewelry. Mikimoto has SALES??? What??? I'm with you, wish I had a proper strand from there. I am keeping my eye on the secondary market and have already found two strands on that I am crazy about and one is a Mikimoto strand from 1965. I weep. xx

Jill said...

Hiya Hostess, wow, your list of your amazing pearl sets has inspired me! I only have faux pearl necklaces but several sets of real pearl earrings. I would love to own a strand of choker-length black pearls, big ones! I will start looking more in the secondhand market to see if I can make this dream a reality some day. Until then, thank you for the inspiration! x

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! Your Mallorca necklace sounds amazing! And yes, doesn't Louise Brooks look gorgeous in that book cover photo? She is definitely in my Bob Hall of Fame. In fact, I think she has to be the founding member, what do you think?

BTW, I am going to watch "Butterfield 8" tomorrow in honor of Liz's birthday! xx

Jill said...

Hello Duchess of H, thank you SO much for the pearl lesson! I didn't realize I should care for the Mallorca like a real strand. And I think you are correct that the method for making Mallorca pearls is a secret.

I know I will drive you crazy suggesting things but once again, I can see a whole post about pearl tips and care from you! I would love to read it. I am still learning about pearls and fine jewelry and I know you have terrific experience in this area! xx

Jill said...

Hi Pam, I would love to see a post from you re pearls and jeans! xx

Jill said...

Hi Anon, oh I just love stories of ladies wearing jewelry their mothers or grandmothers gave them so I love to hear you wear your mother's pearls every day! I am with you, pearls go with everything, I just need to get my (faux) strand out and get wearing them more often! Thank you for the inspiration. x

Jill said...

Hi Kathy! I have been loving your images on Instagram! I think you nailed it on the head--in some instances pearls can look matronly and I worry that if I dress them up that's how they will look on me. I think that's why I wear the studs more often than strands. I love the idea of pearls with a chambray shirt, I need to try this! And I definitely need to wear them in just a casual way. Thank you for the tips my dear! xx