But what if I told you that there is a skin brightening and plumping illusion you can create with pearls? This is a secret that women have used for centuries, if not longer. White or creamy-toned pearls do a funny thing to the human eye that is looking at them. Because the color of natural and cultured pearls is actually fairly bright, luminescent, and composed of many micro-colors, the eye muscles contract slightly. Think of what your eyes do when you look at a bright light- the light makes everything around it brighter and a bit blurry. That is the first part of the illusion.
The Triangle of Pearls effect is achieved when you wear both a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. The most flattering earring design features a large pearl that dangles or a pearl tassel because the slight movement increases the brightness and blur effect, and a dangle earring accentuates cheekbones and eyes. The most flattering necklaces have either large pearls separated slightly from each other with tiny wired loops, or a pendant of pearls wire-looped into a tassel. These designs can be seen in many classical paintings, especially portraits, in museums around the world. The slight separation of the pearls allows the angular portions of the face to also be accentuated, and the continuous hourglass silhouette of the necklace provides several illusory suggestions about a woman’s figure.
My next blog will explore how to use longer earrings to create the illusion of a more slender, angular face. Done properly, these earrings can create the illusion of more slender cheeks, jawlines, and can even distract from jowls and double chins. Attention is drawn to the eyes- especially if the correct color is chosen. And my personal FAVORITE: you can get all of these effects while getting all of the anti-aging effects of pearls with a long pearl tassel earring. I wear them constantly, everywhere.
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Deborah Weinhauer’s interest in jewelry began in her childhood during trips to museums. Now living in Melrose, a suburb of Boston, she specializes in custom diamond and gemstone designs, as well as creating jewelry that enhances her clients’ beauty.