The Girl with the Pearl Earring
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved pearls. My first purchase when I had my first job was a pearl ring from Birks. Unfortunately I took it off one day when I was working, and someome "permanently borrowed" it. I have never owned a lot of expensive jewelry. I inherited a few things from my mother, but again, someone broke into my house and "permanently borrowed" all my jewelry. Thank goodness they didn't find a pair of diamond earrings my daughter had given me for my birthday. They were right there in the drawer -- in their Birks box -- and the jewel thieves missed them. Since then I have bought some gold earrings, and a couple of years ago the doctors at work bought me some gold earrings for a Christmas gift. I have also managed to collect a few items of silver. But as far as my jewlery collection is concerned, well, let's just say it will never rival Elizabeth Taylor's.
However, today I was in the right place at the right time. My favorite jewelry store was having a closing-out sale, so I bought myself a string of pearls. Well, they're cultured pearls -- not the real deal from the South Pacific -- but they're pearls nonetheless. And they're mine, at a price I could afford. This photograph doesn't really do them justice. They have a wonderful luminescence that you can't see here. And they're mine. Did I mention they're mine? At a price I could afford? There is just something so ~ Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy, Deborah Kerr, Betty Draper ~ about pearls, isn't there?