Diamonds may be a girls best friend, but pearls are more than wisdom for the fashionable girl. When I was little I lived in Hawaii and I remember my dad taking me to the market, we wandered around until I saw this bucket full of weird flat shaped rocks. My dad told me they were oysters and inside was a pearl. I had to have one! I must have looked for at least five minutes trying to find the best one. I watched as my oyster was gently being cracked in half and out dropped this perfectly white round pearl. How did something so beautiful come from something I almost passed off as just dirty and ugly. Shame on me. I wish I could have captured that moment on film, because the smile on my face could have lit up the night. It was mounted as a single drop necklace, and that was the beginning of my love affair with pearls. Now I own more than I can count including single strands given to me by my grandmother, layered necklaces, earrings, and rings. Pearls are classic, elegant, lovely, and will never go out of style!