Hollywood men are jazzing up their jewelry with pearls

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Celebrities like Usher, Nick Jonas and Harry Styles are accumulating pearls.

Since fashion houses like Dior, Alexander McQueen, Ryan Roche and more sent male models down the runway with necklaces, tiaras and more Baroque-inspired accessories, pearl necklaces in particular have appeared on more and more famous faces on the carpet red

At the 2020 Grammy on Sunday, both Joe and Nick Jonas put pearl rows for their "What a Man Gotta Do" performance, while Shawn Mendes completed his fuchsia Louis Vuitton by Virgil Abloh costume with a string of baroque pearls tied around of his vest near the waist. Usher, meanwhile, hit Sony's party in a thick necklace mixed with a small diamond choker.

But these musicians are far from being the first to try this gemstone; Billy Porter, A $ AP Rocky, Harry Styles and others have used pearls in recent months.

"The fashion and entertainment industry is entering a new period in which not only women are playing with gender binary-based trends," said stylist Andrew Gelwicks, whose clients include Catherine O & # 39; Hara Lisa Rinna and Ryan Jamaal Swain. he told Page Six Style.

"The fact that the best male talents like Shawn Mendes and Joe Jonas are experimenting with historically & # 39; female trends & # 39; as pearl necklaces is a clear indicator of how each and every trend is at stake, regardless of who has traditionally used them in the past. "

Shawn Mendes combined a classic pearl choker with a silk shirt for a pre-Grammys party (L) and then used a miniature pearl necklace along with a string of pearl vests for the prize show (R).
Shawn Mendes combined a classic pearl choker with a silk shirt for a pre-Grammys party (L) and then used a miniature pearl necklace along with a string of pearl vests for the prize show (R).fake images

Pearls have been the favorites of Hollywood ladies for a long time, they have been incorporated into dramatic hair and makeup styles and have even been the centerpiece of Emma Stone's unique engagement ring.

And the appeal of the pearl could be more than a mere aesthetic. "Pearls have been a status symbol since BC, and have been more expensive and rare than diamonds during certain parts of history," Ajay Anand, CEO of Rare Carat, told Page Six Style.

"Julius Caesar only allowed the ruling class to use them, the knights used them on the battlefield during the Middle Ages to keep them safe, and it is rumored that Cleopatra once crushed a pearl in wine for Antony to demonstrate that he could organize the more expensive dinner. "

Emma Stone shows her pearl engagement ring with her fiance Dave McCary.
Emma Stone shows her pearl engagement ring with her fiance Dave McCary.Instagram Dave McCary

And the attraction of the pearl is not limited to European history. "In ancient China, it is believed that pearls were used as fire protection," said Scott Friedman, GG, ASA, an expert in gemology at the International Gemology Institute.

“In other cultures, pearls symbolize purity. The formation of pearls takes place inside a shell of mollusk, which makes the gem organic by nature ”and, therefore, may be more attractive to celebrities who want to stand out from the crowd.

In short, individuality is what everyone pursues on the red carpet. "Personally, I love this trend if it is not for another reason that it is another example of men who have fun with fashion and are not bound by traditional gender stereotypes," says stylist Adam Ballheim, who works with Zachary Quinto and Jharrel Jerome

“Even a few years ago, pearl necklaces in men could have been seen as provocative and go beyond limits. But now, it's just another way for men to put their own unique signature on their red carpet look. "

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