Girls Want Pearls: Take Your Pearl Necklace Up a Notch

Welcome to the first Girls Want Pearls of 2014! I’m very excited about all the pearly posts I have in store for you for the coming year. Today’s idea is very simple but also very transformative. I’m sure some of my readers have already employed these ideas as a solution in those times when one feels bored with her accessories. I’m going to show you some easy ways to take a pearl necklace or bracelet and upcycle it with pierced and clip-on earrings, brooches and lockets. In each case I’ll show you the before and after.

Alone, this necklace is pretty and classic.
Get a more casual look by adding a vintage enamel clip-on earring. Some clip-ons work better for this than others. I had to bend/curve out the clip part of this earring to make it lay right.
Slide a locket on pearls instead of a chain to mix it up.
I love layers upon layers of long pearl strands. By themselves . . . swoon!
But sometimes we just have to embellish! For the above look, I added two clip-on earrings and a brooch.
A large brooch can be pinned on one strand or several, whatever your pin will hold.
Simple and elegant
Guess what is taking this strand to a new level? A wire hook earring! It’s just slipped over and pinched together.
Now go raid your jewelry box and see what kind of great combos you can come up with!

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