(Jackie Kennedy, Caroline and John Fitzgerald Kennedy by Jacques Lowe, 1960; image courtesy of The Red List.)
Proof of need, the need for pearls, even if faux, so be it.
The epitome of grace herself, Jackie Kennedy has said so, thus it must be Gospel truth; “Pearls are always appropriate.” She practiced what she preached as well, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s faux triple strands of pearls are as iconic as the icon herself. You will find multiple pictures captured of her in vastly different situations ranging from domestic to celebratory to official and public and you will notice those orbs lending their luminescence to her inherent elegance every single time. Fun fact – faux is the keyword. Those pearls were artificial, not that the little fact took away from their simple beauty and Jackie, the fashion icon spoke from experience; wearing them everywhere and ever so often, proving that pearls are, in fact, always appropriate.
(Vintage 1990s Jackie Kennedy Faux Pearl Three Strand Necklace Franklin Mint; image courtesy of etsy.)
Franklin Mint crafted a rather beautiful reproduction of Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s legendary Triple-Strand Faux Pearl Necklace and it was made up of 158 hand-painted, European glass pearls that exactly matched the creamy original colour of Jackie O’s pearls and were strung on hand-knotted silken cords. The necklace had a rhodium-plated art-deco style clasp with 14 Austrian crystals.
The Franklin Mint sold over 130,000 such copies of the faux pearls at $200 each which grossed $26 million, a rather lump sum and to think they were inspired by the not-nearly-as-expensive-original-fake-pearls that belonged to the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis!
More on legendary faux pearls that shot to fame thanks to the individual donning them in the next post!