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.
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
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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!!!
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Diana Bishop the founder of The Success Story Program and A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris as well as a well-known correspondent with over 25 years working for CTV, CBC News, and NBC News. She loves travel, writing, and all things Parisienne.