frustrated flâneur | shameless sybarite | art junkie | intrepid collector | pariah extraordinaire
- men + pearls
this is not exactly an endorsement, but merely an observation. current convention doesn't really view a string of pearls as terribly masculine, but it seems like there's a trend of (mostly hetero) menfolk proudly wearing one around their necks.
there's Moooi design company's eccentric founder Marcel Wanders:
Armand Hadida, proprietor of avant-garde Parisian boutiqe L'Eclaireur:
and Paris-based, Italian fashion designer Giambattista Valli:
i've even found this guy on Flickr:
image from erdalito
brave souls. especially since there's a particularly sexual connotation of wearing/giving "pearl necklaces" i'd rather not expound on.
personally, a full-on strand isn't for me. but i must admit, i do own ONE piece of pearl jewellery i've been happily wearing for years. its a rather large South Sea Pearl on a black rubber and silver bracelet:
designed by legendary Olympian Ian Thorpe for the Australian pearl company Autore back in 2002:
being the only true gem made by a living organism, pearls have this certain mystique - a calming lustre glowing from within - in stark contrast to the firey scintillation of crystallized minerals.
now that jewellery is once again fair game for both sexes, who is man enough to wear a full set?