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Being at home, I have started going through my closets, and other nooks and crannies, with the intention of doing a little spring cleaning.


However, it’s easy to get side-tracked, stumbling and stalling over something that I have not seen or looked at in years.


When Shardie, my BF, suggested that I do a blog on pearls,”because they are so French!”  I decided to go look for mine.


My pearls!


Now if you are like me, you probably have a string of pearls somewhere right?


Do you wear them anymore?


I bought a beautiful strand (24 inches/60 centimetres long)  of pale pink pearls with a little gold clasp in 1994 (26 years ago!) when I was Beijing Bureau Chief for CTV National News and then NBC News.


I picked them out at a reputable  jewelry shop in KowLoon, Hong Kong, for an outrageous sum.


And I wore them with great pride.


For about a year.


After that they went back into their little red case, and have rarely seen the light of day since.


They have been hidden all this time at the bottom of a large Chinese Jar in one of my bathrooms.

Coco Chanel and Pearls




Coco Chanel and her faux pearls



Ever since fashion designer Coco Chanel began layering strands of faux pearls around her neck and shoulders in the 30’s,  pearls have been synonymous with the French.


Marilyn Munroe made them popular with our mothers in the 50’s and 60’s.



Making pearls sexy!



Since then, they have fallen in and out of fashion making a bit of a comeback last year on the Paris runway– with models wearing multiple strands, along with pearl earrings, belts and beading on sweaters and other clothing.



PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 2019: A model walks the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week.


Let’s Wear Them!


However, giving a young woman a strand of real pearls as a gift these days would be about as welcome as passing down the family’s silver tea set for a wedding present.


But ladies of a certain age,   I love my pearls.  I know they are maybe old fashioned now  but COVID-19 be damned!


I think this is good time to wear them even if it is only around the house.


So, ladies get out your pearls — and here’s an incentive— I invite you to take a picture of yourself wearing your pearls and send it to me

by email at


Let me know who gave them to you and how long you have had them!


Pictures Please and You will  Qualify for My Free Giveaway!

There will be a FREE Giveaway for the best picture!


Here’s the prize.

Katherine  (Kate) Kemp Griffin’s book called Paris Undressed! The Secrets of French Lingerie . 



Kathryn Kemp-Griffin


If you remember I did a blog about Kate and her Parisian Lingerie Tours.


Well, now she is adapting to this new era with online sessions called — Paris Undressed Quarantini Hours —  so we can still learn about the history of French Lingerie and how to caress the now — even in quarantine.


You can book your spot:
or contact Kate at

Only 12 Euros/13 USD/18 CAD


So, send me your pictures — and I will post them in an upcoming blog and announce the Winner of the Giveaway.


Here is my picture.  I forgot how pretty the pearls are!!!


I should definitely wear these more!


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  1. Sally on March 29, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Love pearls, it is my birthstone, therefore I have a pearl ring, earrings and a string of pearls given to me from my mother. I just need a pearl bracelet to complete my own collection.

    Great story about pearls Dianna. .

    • Diana Bishop on March 29, 2020 at 11:14 am

      Sally — you must send us a picture with all of the pearl jewelry! I had the most devine pearl earrings with a diamond below each. They were classic and so easy to wear every day. I lost one of them, had it replaced and them lost it again. Now that pearl and diamond earring just sits in my jewelry box.
      Thanks for the comment Sally — I do love hearing from you, Diana

  2. Shardie Stevenson on March 29, 2020 at 10:59 am

    You look wonderful in the pearls BFF!!!
    I received my “ real pearls “ from my then English boyfriend, Andrew about 15 years ago. Unfortunately they are not the long version. I have bought long fake ones since then and actually wore them when I was a bridesmaid in another friend’s Gatsby inspired wedding 3 years ago. I’ll send you that photo later!
    I think this bit of Parisian glam is just what we need in this challenging time!
    Ladies …. self -isolate in your pearls … why not indeed! ?

    • Diana Bishop on March 29, 2020 at 11:11 am

      Shardie — I don’t think I remember ever seeing you wear your real pearls. We definitely need to wear our pearls more right? So let’s make a pack to remind each other. Love you, Diana

  3. Margaret Ann Gendreau on March 29, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Mine are on my dresser/bedside table, always! I may not wear them often but I see them everyday. They were my Mom’s, her name was Margaret which means “Pearl”, but Mom always went by Peggy.

    Hm…thinking about what a picture could be!

    • Diana Bishop on March 29, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      Margaret means Pearl? I did not know that. I look forward to the picture Margaret Ann! Diana

  4. Margaret Sutrov on March 29, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    You look gorgeous!

    • Diana Bishop on March 30, 2020 at 5:48 pm

      You are tooooo kind Maggie..I am sure you have beautiful pearls somewhere — get’em out for a day. Even in Hawaii… Diana

  5. Twink on March 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    I love my pearls. They remind me of my mother who felt “dressed “ when wearing her pearls. I am wearing a pearl ring that my aunt gave when I was a little girl.

    • Diana Bishop on March 30, 2020 at 5:47 pm

      Me too. My mother never really wore real pearls but they always looked so elegant on her! Thanks Twink!

  6. Judy MacKay on March 30, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    My birthday is in June too. I have several strands ranging in size from a small short on that was Fred’s mother’s that I am saving for a granddaughter to a couple of faux long strands. In between is a strand I got in Portugal supposedly from Majorca. Also a couple of earring sets and rings. I wore pearls for my wedding.

    • Diana Bishop on March 30, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      They are a classic! Have you tried putting them on now for no reason? I can’t believe the lift they gave me.

      Thank you so much Judy for sharing this with us. I think this is your first comment on my blog? Diana

  7. Kate on March 31, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Hi Diana,

    In 1984 I was an aupair in France with a fabulous family (who actually called me yesterday just to check on our wellbeing!) and the mother wore a strand of pearls together with a separate but slightly longer gold chain. I thought it was très chic and adopted the same look, wearing a chain with a small heart locket with my pearls everyday for several years…

    Thank you for this delightful post and trip down memory lane, Diana! And I look forward to seeing who wins the photo contest!

    bisettes from Paris,
    Kate Kemp-Griffin
    Author, Paris Undressed

    • Diana Bishop on March 31, 2020 at 5:52 pm

      That is a great story. And you too are so chic so I look forward to seeing your picture!
      Thank you Kate — Diana

  8. Betty young on May 31, 2020 at 3:24 am

    I just found your blog and I wanted to share my pearl story. My birthday is in a few days. June 3rd I will be 79 years old. My mother passed away in 2012 leaving me with a beautiful strand of pearls my father gave to my mom for an anniversary gift one year. I took the pearls to the jeweler to have them appraised and the jeweler fell in love with my pearls. She said they were worth around a $1,000.00 dollars, but nobody buys pearl necklaces anymore. My pearl necklace has a beautiful gold clasp with a rose and a diamond in the center. I am so blessed to have a beautiful treasure and I didn’t even realize pearls were a French thing. I love Paris and I was blessed to visit Paris with my daughter and two granddaughters in 2018. We were planning to return this summer but plans were changed. I am a women of a certain age and I am doing ok?

    • Diana Bishop on May 31, 2020 at 11:53 am

      How wonderful to hear from you! And thank you for commenting on this blog. It was a popular topic — our pearls.
      I also feel blessed to have this beautiful treasure that brings back so many wonderful memories of life in Asia
      when I lived there.

      Here’s hoping that pearls come back in fashion!

      And thank you so much for finding my blog. I am so much more coming as I expand this community of women who love Paris
      and things French — and I am so glad that you will be part of it. Best to you, Diana

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