Remember Coco Chanel in her iconic portrait(s) with strands of imitation pearls draped around her neck?
Still, many of the most popular and well regarded fashion jewelry designers create with imitation pearls.
Vintage jewelry signed by renown jewelry designers of the past made with costume pearls is much sought after, highly collectible and usually commands fairly high prices.
Let's be clear. There is no shame in wearing imitation pearls!
Costume pearls or “imitation” pearls are manufactured using other materials such as glass and acrylic, and were widely used in making much of the vintage costume jewelry we covet today. Old stock vintage imitation pearls are still available, new imitation pearls are still being manufactured and they continue to be used by high-end jewelry and fashion designers alike.
The pearls featured here are vintage Japanese Mod-Cultura pearls. They were made in Japan in the 1950’s using an acrylic base that is heavily layered with pearlized glass. They are lightweight and come in many shapes and sizes. They glow with a vintage hue and patina that is remarkable. They are elegant and affordable. They are not “real” pearls but who cares! Just about anyone can afford them. They are beautiful and practical. Dress them up or down.
These are some of my favorite pearls. They are a perfect compliment to any style. Classic and versatile, these pearls continue to impress with a true sense of timeless fashion and style for all ages!
It’s no wonder pearls, whether real or imitation, have withstood the test of time!
If you don't see your perfect style in either of these selections, let me know. I may have or be able to customize something just for you!
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