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Fab Collab: The Ageless Appeal of the Pearl Necklace at Seventy-Plus

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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 a chosen style item, give a personalized story from their life regarding that item and then style it in today’s life! 
 

The Pearl Necklace Styled by Charlotte

Sherry (the 40’s generation) told her story here,  Jodie (the 50’s generation) related her history here, and Nancy (the 60’s generation) explained her feature here.

In Charlotte’s (the 70’s generation) words (with a little of Jodie’s humor thrown in):

This graduated pearl necklace was a wedding gift from my husband to be in 1960. Of course the only reason he bought it was because his mother told him it was the tradition to buy the bride a wedding gift (we were so inexperienced in these matters, and there was no internet to turn to).

At that time, all of the pearl necklaces were opera length which was about 24” long or mid chest. However, I wanted it to lay at the base of my neck so I decided to have it shortened. The leftover pearls were then saved for many years. Finally, when my daughter, Jodie, was confirmed, I had them put on a gold chain as her present.

Before I received this necklace, I never really had any “good” jewelry besides my engagement ring. I grew up in Indiana on a small farm, and there wasn’t the money for all of these extras. Or a place to wear them (would the chickens really care if I had on a necklace or not?).

Presently, I like to wear an enhancer (it’s like a charm that clips between the pearls) with the necklace because it seems so plain otherwise!

Here’s a black & white photo of the wedding day with my shortened necklace (this was in 1960)

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

And then a colored version with my bridesmaids!

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

And look…I haven’t changed a bit (Jodie’s interjection)!!! I’m wearing a necklace extender with the pearls for this outfit so it would fill in the space on my decolletage better.

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

70’s Outfit: I’m so proud of mom that she opted for her green shoes instead of her yellow ones. Slowly but surely she’s getting out of that “matching” thinking (with a little shoving from her daughter)!

Dress: Mom made it (similar here)~~Shoes: Connie (similar here)~~Scarf: Mom made it(similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Necklace Enhancer or Charm: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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