Fab Collab: The Ageless Appeal of Pearls at Forty-Plus

Pearl Necklace worn by 4 generations-the 40's through the 70's.

This week, Sherry from Petite Over 40 is joining us in a Fab Collab. The goal of this alliance is for each generation to take the chosen style item, give a peek into our personalized histories regarding that item and then style it in today’s life! 

The Pearl Necklace Styled by Sherry

We invite you to join us for each of the portrayals we relate to this iconic item—the pearl necklace! This came about after exchanging stories of different items in our closet or past. Doesn’t it seem like many of your clothing items have a story all their own? I know much of the time when mom or Nancy and I are putting together outfits for the upcoming posts, they’ll mention where they got that particular piece, or what they remember about it! I think that’s the reason we sometimes have such a hard time getting rid of things—there’s so many memories attached to it!
So without further ado, here’s the first in the series:
Pearl Necklace worn by 4 generations-the 40's through the 70's.

The Value of a Pearl Necklace

In order to understand the value of my pearls, we first need to go back to Oklahoma just a few years before it became a state in 1907. My great-grandmother was just a toddler. She and her family moved to that territory from Missouri in a covered wagon with hopes of making a better life for themselves by farming the land.

Sherry (the 40’s generation) will be divulging the rest of her story on her own website here! She’s a fabulous story teller with a heart of gold! (and check out the cute photo bomber in her picture!!)
The other 3 generations (Jodie, Nancy & Charlotte) will be showcased the rest of this week! I hope you follow along and enjoy the collaboration!
And feel free to join in—we’d love to hear your stories about any pearl necklaces from your family or even the one you wear now!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Great series, Jodie. I love pearls of any kind. Expensive or not. Large or small. Traditional or modern. White or colored. In any piece of jewelry, on any accessory, on any piece of clothing. They are like little moonbeams and I so love the moon. My husband used to travel frequently to Japan and the gentlemen he visited always sent him home with a silver Mikimoto gift – a picture frame, a bookmark, a mirror, etc. I loved them all even though I couldn’t wear them! (I, too, have my mother’s pearl necklace in addition to many other pieces I’ve collected over the decades.)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’ll definitely have to keep an eye out for my pearl article on Sixty+Me. Margaret, who is in charge of the website, had a fabulous idea of wearing her pendants on her pearl necklaces!! And I included it in my piece!!
      I have to admit, that it’s only been recently that I’ve be trying to wear my pearls—for everything! I especially love the large, faux ones because they gather so much attention!!

      • Kathleen McDermott

        Well, don’t forget that you are a “tad” (over a decade!) younger than I, so you’re just catching up!

  • Great looks ladies! Pearls are always a great choice no matter the age!
    – Ana Luiza
    Northwest Blonde

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ana!!

  • I love pearls, but never wore them much until my husband bought me a beautiful strand for my 40th… and now I wear them a lot! Like you, I like them to look modern rather than too classic.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And yours have great meaning—from your love and for a significant event!! Thanks for reading, LIsa!!

  • Very pretty – pearls are such a classic piece of jewelry


    • Jodie Filogomo

      They really are—but I’m especially drawn to them in the more modern settings nowadays!!

  • Jennifer Abel

    I also have m mums pearls which I adore. Thanks for sharing on #overthemoon

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so nice that we can enjoy an item over the years & generations!! Thanks for reading!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    I have my mother’s pearls and love them as they remind me of the stories of her childhood which seemed magical with parites in the ballroom of her home and the wealth of her steel industry father… For her sixteen birthday she had an ice cream social where they brought in the little tables and her eyes would light up with the memories. What a fun if not polarizing post of those who adore vx those who cringe at the thought of pearls…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m wondering if we cherish something more when the giver is gone from our lives? And if our perspectives change as we get older? How wonderful you got to hear these stories from your mother’s childhood–I think those are the best times when we sit around the table and hear the stories!!

  • Yay!
    Sherry has joined my favourite trio.
    Brilliant fun and a great idea.
    I am a little love ’em/hate ’em, when it comes to pearls.
    Sometimes I am in the mood for a classic touch, or an unusual shape with a pearl finish.
    Other times I am thinking “Is this something my Nan would wear for a wedding?”
    I am wearing a grey pearl on a fine chain today though.
    It is all about mood afterall! :OD

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally get that love/hate relationship. For me it stems from the fact that the “usual” pearl necklace is girly & so expected at dressy occasions! I love the newer, big pearls layered with other elements—it seems more modern & fun!!

  • Lorena Lorena

    What a great story – I just came back from reading –
    I personally love pearls, I think they are timeless and elegant – you can wear jeans and a white tshirt with pearls and you’re automatically “dressed”-

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yes…but I think that’s a modern interpretations….when I was growing up, you only wore your pearls for “good”—and now I think that’s so silly—I like your way better!!

  • I’ll be the odd woman out here. I don’t like pearls. Period 🙂 they’re simply not me. Wait, allow me to clarify. I don’t like white, cream, ivory, pale coloured pearls. I did wear a black/grey Tahitian South Sea Baroque Pearl once as part of a headpiece but that was it 🙂 I do have to say I adore your sweater with those ballet flats, Jodie xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally get that Sheela—I wouldn’t say the classic strand of pearls is my fave—although I’ll probably like the ones mom gave me after she’s gone (why is that?). I have a bunch of the black pearls—as a necklace (but clustered, not a strand), and bracelet which I like maybe because they are more modern? (not as girly?)

  • I wore a pearl necklace on my wedding day as they are my birthstone. I’m not a fan of the single strand of pearls but I do love illusion pearl necklaces and mine was 3 strands with matching earings and illusion bracelet.
    Love the photo bomber!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Oooh…I love the illusion necklaces. I hardly see them anymore (or I’m not looking in the right places?). The question is do you wear the necklace still? I’m just sayin’—you might as well!!!

      • I do and I’ve worn the earrings and bracelet to quite a few weddings too! In fact I commented on Sherry’s blog that I’ve now the idea to do a post in June on my wedding pearls – as pearls are the birthstone for June!

  • sue

    Hi Jodie!!! I love pearls and enjoy seeing how we can look great at any age. I have my mother’s pearls which I treasure as she is no longer with us. Unfortunately they are broken but I look at them often and think of her. Thanks for sharing at Over the Moon.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course you know I’m going to say that the broken necklace is a perfect opportunity to get it remade into a cool necklace, bracelet, ring, etc…that you’ll wear more!! Or you could always glue them on a frame (one that holds a picture of your mom)??
      I do realize I don’t have to fix everything—it’s just hard not to have crazy ideas!!
      Thanks for reading Sue!!

      • sue

        Well I tried to get them restrung but it was so expensive. I hadn’t thought about repurposing into a bracelet or ring or even a frame. You have some great ideas! I’ve subscribed by the way so I won’t miss a post. Have a lovely day.

  • PetiteOver40

    Can you feel my hugs coming through on the other side of your screen, Jodie? 🙂

    ::Huggggsssss:: <–It's a good hug.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Back atcha love!!

  • Pearls are beautiful at any age, and with any style. As you have shown here! Thanks for sharing, xox


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the love Patt!!

  • So classy! Love it



    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Taislany!!

  • I always remember my Mom saying every woman should own a set of pearls. Lucky for me she gave me hers.

    Pearls are classic.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I bet they are the most passed down item from mother to daughter! Now the question is…do you wear them much?

  • Oh I do love a pearl necklace, I think it’s a timeless piece for all ages and I have several in my own collection. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I feel like lately, I like more bulky necklaces, so I’m going to have to try layering mine—might as well wear it since I have it!!