"Magnificent in their luminosity and iridescence, pearls are the only gems perfect in themselves, their natural beauty unaided by cutting, faceting or polishing."
This is what I find fascinating about pearls... they're so beautiful on their own as a studded pair of earrings or an elegant strand of pearls. In the book "Tiffany Pearls" (which I picked up half price last year, always great!) John Loring writes about the history of pearls, from Cleopatra to Elizabeth I... and of course our beloved Audrey. There are so many gorgeous images in this book I had a hard time narrowing it down to just a few... from historical pieces, to Tiffany's private sketches, to grand costume pieces... you'll definitely see why a simple pair of pearls remain a classic. Lucky for me... my boyfriend picked me up a pair a couple years ago and I love them!