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I could not believe the response from last week’s blog about wearing your pearls!

I want to thank you for the emails and comments. And I wanted to share with you the pictures I received from readers along with their comments and stories.


Janet Fleming

“My Mum gave me my pearls for my 21st birthday and I’ve worn them with everything ever since — even with my jeans and t-shirts.   I wear them to bed sometimes too because someone once said our body oils will only make them more beautiful!  Aren’t they lovely?”



Erica Prinn-McCarthy

I love my pearls, and they do need to be worn to keep them healthy and beautiful!


Dianne Schwalm

“I wear a set my hubby gave me upon the birth of our first child now 36 and a fire captain. I  have enhanced my collection with a pair of Chanel pearls and others from around the world! We did give them to our two daughters when they turned 18 but they were not embraced as you mentioned!”

Win Kuplowsky

“In January of 2011 recuperating from Lyme Disease (a long story!) I was watching the film Julia and Julia, and had an epiphany of energy and inspiration. I went looking for every cook book I’d ever been given, many of them unopened, and I decided to cook meals from as many as I could for a month wearing the pearls that my husband had given me as a Christmas gift some years earlier.

It was a month of Julia Childs, Jacques Pépin, Vegetarians for Beginners,  Joy of Cooking. The Silver Palate

French Women Don’t get Fat.

Needless to say it was the creativity I needed to heal, and all the time in pearls.”

(*Note that you can purchase any of the books above by clicking on the links.)



Rose-Marie Fernandez

“Memories, stories…they all came to mind for each strand as I donned them all and felt so much gratitude for these beautiful pearls. Thank you for breaking up the day and making me feel the beauty of life!”





Karen Dorland

“I have many sets of costume pearls. I bought these last year in Wisconsin. My real strand of pearls is small and delicate – a gift from a former beau.  A jeweller told me I should wear them often because the oil in our skin keeps them moist.
Guess I will find them again. In these pictures (Feature Image at top too) I dressed up to have a “virtual” tea party with my granddaughters during this physical isolation time.”

(Great idea!!!)


Joyce Kirby

Joyce is my neighbour and lives right next door. With social distancing, she called and asked if she could come to my door, where between the glass she displayed her multiple strands of pearls. I certainly didn’t do her justice with this picture from inside my house but it was such a lovely surprise and made my day.  Thank you Joyce. And I love your pearls.



Barbara Mowat

“My first pearl was a ring bought in Thailand in the 1990s.  Then in Vietnam, I bought a pair of pearl earrings. My white pearls came years later given to me by my daughter when she was working in Shanghai. I actually don’t know if they are real or not and I don’t care—they mean more to me than anything. They are beautiful. Most of all I feel totally different dressed with make-up and wearing pearls!”

(BTW Barbara Mowat is President of GroYourBiz Ltd.which is the women’s business group that I belong to and is my lifeline during this crisis.)




Dorothy Berry

“Yes, I love pearls! They make you feel more elegant even with a sweater and leggings. I decided to put my Perrier in a champagne flute…makes it take extra special as well.  (see that picture further down!)


Shardie Stevenson

My BFF gave me the idea for a blog about our pearls.  Shardie is without a doubt the most elegant person I know and looks great in all kinds of jewelry.  An English boyfriend of yore gave her the short strand of real pearls  and she has added some faux à la Coco Chanel.  I had not seen her wear pearls before this!


Catherine Willis O’Connor

Last but not least is my cousin Catherine who we all call “Twink” as in the nursery rhyme, “Twinkle Twinkle little Star”, because she is the youngest and smallest in our family.  Twink is an artist and paints daily so she asked that we forgive the paint on her fingers. Even so, she never takes off the beautiful pearl ring that an aunt gave her years ago!

Winner of The Free Giveaway?

So many great pictures! Thank you all so much.

But  if I had to choose, my vote goes to Dorothy Berry who sent me a second picture toasting herself with a glass of Perrier. Love the nail polish!



Better fill that flute with champagne now Dorothy!

You have won  Katherine  (Kate) Kemp Griffin‘s book called Paris Undressed! The Secrets of French Lingerie.

(For those of you who didn’t win (this time!) you can still purchase this book by clicking on the link above.)

Congrats Dorothy!  Your book will be winging its way to you soonest!




Kathryn Kemp-Griffin


Quarantini Hour 

Just a reminder that Kate host — Paris Undressed Quarantini Hours — where you can learn about the history of French Lingerie and how to caress the now — even in self-isolation. 

You can book a spot at :
or contact Kate at


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  1. Sandy Philp on April 5, 2020 at 8:47 am

    All so elegant in Pearls. Brought back memories of my Grandmother who always wore pearls. Have always loved pearls. My first daughters birth stone too
    Enjoy your blogs Diana

    • Diana Bishop on April 5, 2020 at 11:56 am

      Thank you Sandy! I know eh? It was really our mothers and grandmothers who made them a part of their daily life — even to go to the market. I have to say I am enjoying wearing mine again even with my jeans and a sweater. Just adds a little lift to my self-isolating day. Thanks for the post and stay well and healthy. Diana

  2. Chris Kowal on April 5, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    What a beautiful post at this time. Thank you bringing us all closer together. I am one of those pearls are not right for me to wear. NI have tried. I was given pearls as a gift by my mother. I bought a strand in Venice when I was studying Fine Art many years ago. They break, I can feel their unhappiness with me. So I don’t wear them myself anymore but I think they are beautiful and have given them as a gift to my niece. Thank you for this post and all the beautiful pictures.

    • Diana Bishop on April 7, 2020 at 7:11 pm

      Christine — how great to hear from you. I don’t think pearls are for everyone — but I am surprised how
      nice they look on most everyone. Pearls from Venice must have been glorious. I am sorry to hear that they
      broke. I wonder how many of us have stories about that strand of pearls that suddenly broke and the pearls went
      Thank you for reading my blog! Diana

  3. Kathryn Kemp-Griffin on April 6, 2020 at 3:02 am

    Congratulations, Dorothy! We had a chance to meet virtually last week at one of the online events I was hosting and we had a marvelous time! Thank you, Diana for hosting this Pearl Party! Kate

    • Diana Bishop on April 7, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      Dorothy said she loved your online event.

  4. Kate Kemp-Griffin on April 7, 2020 at 5:14 am

    Beautiful women, all of you! Thank you Diana for bringing us — and our pearls — out of the shadows of self-isolation 🙂


    • Diana Bishop on April 7, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      I could not believe the response. And you are right. It is a kind of metaphor isn’t it? Our pearls
      came out of isolation and brought such joy to us, and we all hope will happen with this unfortunate
      episode. We will certainly be more appreciative of all that we have — our pearls among them.
      Thank you for collaborating on this with me. Best to you and stay well, Diana

  5. Julia Murphy Fish on April 16, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    So wonderful.
    I found you googling around for women of a certain age renting alone in Paris for two months.
    My plan is September 2021 as a retirement splurge. I will be 70 and naturally cautious as half of the time I will be by myself. ( the remainder with my sweet husband whose gift it will be or my grown daughter. ) Can I still join your blog if I am not on Facebook? That’s not for me.
    I would love to follow your stories and am open to any advice you might offer.

    • Diana Bishop on April 17, 2020 at 11:57 am

      Julia…thank you for this comment and for finding my blog. I am so thrilled that you are now a subscriber. My plan is also to be in Paris in September 2021 and hopefully also April 2021. God willing! Maybe we can meet!!!

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