New York City, May 18, 2018. When First Lady Barbara Bush died on April 17, the world reflected on her support of literacy campaigns but also on her love of pearls. Rarely was she seen not wearing a white pearl strand or two. And while she was sometimes known to say that the ones she wore were faux—not genuine—pearls, CPAA member Dilly Kirby of Elizabeth Blair Fine Jewelry in Harbor Springs, Mich., met son Jeb years ago at a fundraiser and asked him about that preference. The onetime presidential hopeful squeezed the hand of the merchant and said, “Don’t always believe what you read in the press—they are real!”
To her fans and other white-pearl admirers, here are eight styles that can help you make your own first-rate impression.