Why do Kate Middleton and the Queen wear pearls? ‘Purity and elegance,’ they say.
WOMEN IN THE ROYAL FAMILY HAVE BEEN WEARING PEARLS FOR CENTURIES, and many jewels adorned with the white gemstone have been passed down through the generations.
But what is it about pearls that makes them so popular among aristocratic and wealthy families?
Her Majesty is often associated with pearls, and vice versa.
The Queen is rarely seen without her signature three strings of pearls around her neck, as well as her decades-old pair of pearl earrings.
But what is it about pearls that makes them so special?
From Princess Anne to Margaret Thatcher, a number of well-known women have worn pearls in the past.
These women’s pearls were worn not only for aesthetic reasons, but also to reveal their personalities, backgrounds, and personal lives to the rest of the world.
“Pearls have been associated with class, elegance, and sophistication since the Ptolemaic dynasty in ancient Egypt, where the royal family wore pearls to show their status,” said Arseiny Budrevich, founder of Budrevich Fine Jewellery Studio.
“This tradition was then passed down through the Holy Roman Empire to the French monarchs, who popularized it during the Middle Ages and disseminated it throughout Europe.”
“This is when the British empire began to adopt the fashion.”
During her reign from 1837 to 1901, Queen Victoria, like Her Majesty, was photographed wearing pearls.
Victoria wore a pair of dangling pear-drop pearl earrings that are now in the possession of Queen Elizabeth II.
The late former monarch also wore two pearl necklaces, with the gemstones being slightly larger than those worn by Elizabeth.
When the Queen was a young girl, her father, George VI, gave her a three-strand pearl necklace.
She had a necklace made that was nearly identical to hers at the same time, and she was later given a third one.
The Emir of Qatar gave her the third necklace, a three-strand pearl chain, in 1953.
These three necklaces are said to be worn by Her Majesty on a regular basis.
“The Royal Family wears pearls to symbolize the aristocratic virtues of liberality, magnificence, and generosity,” Arseiny continued.
“They also represent chastity and purity.”
“The Queen is frequently photographed wearing pearls, typically one of her magnificent pearl necklaces with matching pearl brooch and earrings.
“This classic and classy look has also been seen on Kate Middleton.”
The Duchess of Cambridge is, according to Charlotte White, the head of design at 77 Diamonds.
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