Blur the lines with these shiny gems
When we talk about pearls, ideas such as timeless charm and understated elegance come to mind. Think of the late great fashion designer Gabrielle Coco Chanel with strands of pearl cascading down her neck paired with a little back dress. There’s also Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” and the Elizabethan era with its voluminous beaded dressing room. This jewel of the sea, for years, has become a must-have piece for women. But with the rise of the fluid core movement in fashion today, an aesthetic blurring gender boundaries and style stereotypes, it seems like pearl is becoming for everyone.
Men, cisgender or non-binary, have reinvented fine jewelry with pearls and incorporated them into their ensembles. We’ve seen it over the past few years – from Harry Styles to ASAP Rocky and BTS – and it looks like it’s here to stay. And brands have followed suit, making it a modern classic.
The latest to present his vision of fluid core pearl jewelry is Arao. With the pearl being the national jewel of the Philippines, the Hong Kong-based brand introduces Filipinos to its designs that cater to a variety of genders.
Her “Sikat” and “Sinag” necklaces explore avant-garde ways to wear pearl necklaces. Baroque Keishi pearls, prized for their unparalleled brilliance, were the gem of choice for these flowing base styles. Strung as a solitary gem or with a colored gemstone in the center, these contemporary keepsakes were designed to allow the uniqueness of each individual from across the gender spectrum to shine through.
“This larger trend celebrates contemporary, everyday wear that offers a new personality,” says Mirabel Rosar, Founder and CEO. “Arao embraces this blend of masculine and feminine because it means inclusion, unification and independent thought.”
For gentlemen, here are more ways to include pearls in your daily wardrobe.
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