Worn the right way, pearls can make you look sophisticated, glamorous or sexy! Fashion icons, film celebrities and royalty all swear by these lustrous beauties. And now let’s take a sneak peek into how the rich and famous wore their pearls.

Let’s begin with Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel who started it all! She gave pearls iconic style status, famously declaring that every woman should wear 'ropes and ropes of pearls'. The designer was rarely seen without a heaping pile of pearls around her neck, the pearl rope being her preferred style.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe may have sung ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, but one of her most treasured pieces of jewellery was actually a string of Mikimoto pearls.

Princess Diana

Royalty and pearls have always had an intimate bond. Princess Diana wore them as tiaras, brooches and chokers. Here we see her sporting a pearl choker with a sapphire pendant with some pearl drops and a pearl sequenced dress. She sure loved her pearls!

Michelle Obama

Lest you think that pearls belonged to a bygone era, we have Michelle Obama whose penchant for oversized pearls along with her signature style has earned her the title of the First Lady of Fashion, the chicest First Lady in the White House since the reign of the Kennedys.

Jackie Kennedy

This brings us to her sartorial predecessor, Jackie Kennedy, the fashion icon in the world of politics and beyond, who set a new standard of glamour and style while in the White House. She wore her 3-strand faux pearl necklace with many of her ensembles throughout her term as First Lady and was copied by millions world-wide.

Sonam Kapoor

Closer home, today’s generation in the Indian film industry has taken to pearls in great gusto. Sonam Kapoor, the brand ambassador of the Indian International Jewellery week and Bollywood’s most stylish actress wore her strands of pearls with a twist! She wore flowing strings of South Sea Pearls held together at the waist & shoulder by a flexible Gold Mesh.

Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan wowed global audiences with her traditional look at the Cannes Film festival. Here she dons a red Sabyasachi saree with a stunning 3 layered pearl necklace and pearl and kundan earrings.

Singer Rihanna

Singer Rihanna impressed onlookers at the premier of Inglorious Basterds in her Alexander McQueen suit embellished with layered pearl necklaces. Would you say now that pearls are for old ladies and staid matrons?

So ladies, there is always a place for a gorgeous strand of pearls in your wardrobe!