ShopBop. No they're not real but that can actually be a good thing.
Real pearls can be temperamental. Something I learned the hard way after finding an antique brooch. Admiring the pearls, one abruptly crumbled and tuned to dust only to cartoonishly blow away before my eyes. Figuring it was old paste I put the piece away until I could get it fixed only to later find the pearls are real.
It turns out pearls are quite similar to people. They love to be touched and even more so they need to be worn. That luster that they say to always look for when buying pearls can sadly evaporate if left in a case or jewelry box for too long. Our bodies polish them and keep the luster, lustrous. This made a lot of sense considering so many of the gifted graduation and bridal pearls were passed down heirlooms as opposed to new.
In an attempt to prevent more vampiric episodes I've been looking for different ways to wear pearls. One inspirational movie scene from the 30s involved a woman sitting in front of her vanity, wrapping a flapper length strand of pearls around her wrist, then fastening it with a jeweled clip. Clip-less, I've been using a black silk ribbon.
Image: mam for Gave That