Michelle Obama Reminds Us Why We Love Pearls

What: Recently, we reported that Tiffany & Co was shutting down all 16 stores of its pearl jewelry chain, Iridesse. So, maybe we’re crazy to think that pearls are “in” for 2009, but Michelle Obama could bring the elegant trend back. PearlParadise.com is the latest retailer to cash in on the First Lady’s affection for pearls, with a new piece inspired by her.

What We Say: Black pearls, akoya pearls, seed pearls… it’s hard not to love them all, and Michelle Obama – the (reluctant) fashion icon – certainly loves hers. But pearls are timeless, so maybe the question isn’t are pearls fashionable but what kinds of pearls are fashionable?

Taking Tiffany & Co’s hint, we’re guessing the cheap ones will show up in 2009. We say, if you’re gonna go natural, go with smaller, cheaper seed pearls. Otherwise, the man-made, or “cultured,” kind are nearly as beautiful as their natural counterparts, and they’re of course significantly more affordable. Play it safe with traditional white pearls or go with pearls that have a light pink/yellow tint or a more dramatic color. (Hint: if you want to fool your friends, keep in mind that many natural pearls aren’t white white.). You can also hit stores like Claire’s, Target, and Forever21 Michelle Obama Reminds Us Why We Love Pearls for great faux pearls for under $20.