Iconic pearl-wearing moments recreated with CHOCOLATE

Web Team | 10th May 2019

The average woman’s jewellery box is home to around £186 of unworn earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets, according to research.


This adds up to a staggering £6.2bn of jewellery stored in boxes up and down the country in total.


A poll of women found 70 per cent choose to wear the same pieces of jewellery from their collection day after day, rather than mix them up.


However, despite the lack of variety in their accessorising habits, purchasing new jewellery is one of British women’s favourite pastimes.


One in five also admit that buying new jewellery is their ‘favourite affordable luxury.’


The research was conducted by Thorntons to launch its new, luxury chocolate, Thorntons Pearls.


Stylist to the stars Nisha Grewel, said: “Pearls are having a resurgence and are firmly established as the must have gemstone of 2019.


“We saw pearls added to headbands, jackets and even denim on the Spring/Summer catwalks, offering a modern twist to a longtime classic.


“It’s a huge trend for the summer and is only set to continue.”


To celebrate the enduring popularity of pearls as a fashion accessory, Thorntons has recreated some of the nation’s favourite iconic pearl-wearing moments – with a twist.


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The pearl accessories in these reimagined images are made entirely of their Pearls chocolate, meaning this stunning jewellery is truly good enough to eat.


The edible treasures took the company’s head chocolate makers and chocolate food artist Prudence Staite a total of 135 hours to make, using 781 individual, hand-crafted chocolate pearls.


When it comes to decorative stones, pearls are a popular choice with 57 per cent of women now owning a piece of pearl jewellery, up four per cent from 2017.


The popularity of pearls has skyrocketed among young fashionistas this year with a third of 18 to 24-year olds snapping up at least one pearl accessory in the last six months.


Meanwhile, over half of women have received a pearl item as a family heirloom.


More than one in ten women, polled via OnePoll, admit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have made pearls popular again by updating the public’s image of the traditional gemstone.


The most iconic image featuring pearls was voted as Marilyn Monroe’s iconic ensemble in hit movie ‘Some Like it Hot’.


Princess Diana’s signature sapphire and pearl set came in second, and Vermeer’s masterpiece ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ placed third.


Nisha Grewel added: “Rihanna’s vintage Chanel pearl-framed sunglasses look has to be my favourite pearl-wearing moment from last year – so I couldn’t resist recreating this alongside the other top picks from the British public.”


Ian Tweedale, marketing director at Thorntons said: “Our research shows that eating luxury chocolate is our nation’s favourite affordable treat, and our new Thorntons Pearls make this luxurious experience available to all.”


The top 10 most iconic pearl images:

1. Marilyn Monroe
2. Princess Diana’s signature sapphire pearl set
3. Girl with a Pearl Earring
4. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
5. Elizabeth Taylor
6. Jackie Kennedy
7. Coco Chanel
8. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
9. Rihanna
10. Michelle Obama