Digitalism Magazine Looks at The Audrey of Pearls

In this issue of Digitalism Magazine, we take a look back at The Audrey of Pearls, the actress and fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn and the June gemstone, Pearls.

June being the time for many weddings, pearls are often the celebrated jewellery of choice for weddings and wedding anniversaries.

Although Audrey Hepburn never believed she was iconic she is often associated with fashion along with her love of pearls. Her name “Audrey” an English name with elements of Anglo-Norman form of the Anglo-Saxon meant “noble”and “strength”. When she wore pearls, one could say her pearls carried the “Audrey” or “the “noble strength” of her name.

She was listed in the International Best Dressed Hall of Fame and her beauty as a woman was regarded as classic, timeless and natural . It is not surprising based on her outlook to beauty that she would treasure a gem like pearls, natural and organic, beautifully created from the inside with outward luster and strength . Many remember Audrey Hepburn for being pretty and beautiful which she was but her thoughts on life and her inner depth of beauty and soul brought about a person whose presence made a difference to the world in which she entered and touched.
Perhaps one of the most famous scenes of Audrey Hepburn wearing pearls made pearls an iconic fashion moment. It was from the scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn wearing a black dress and the 5 strand pearl necklace cradling over the back of her neck with the diamond brooch in front.

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Like a pearl rare  and natural she was very cultured, with luster and beauty. She was a deep person. Beauty is natural and cultured and only with great caring and soul will it grow and and be timeless. Some of her sayings reflect her as a human gem with iconic symbolism making her comparable to pearls as an organic living and natural gem.



“I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

Audrey Hepburn

“If I get married, I want to be very married.”
Audrey Hepburn

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
Audrey Hepburn

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a Woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.”
Audrey Hepburn

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”
Audrey Hepburn

“For beautiful eyes look for good in others
For beautiful lips
speak only words of kindness
and for Poise
walk with the knowledge that you are never alone”
Audrey Hepburn


The beauty of Audrey Hepburn is her continued beauty and luster so ageless that as she grew older, the work she did as an Unicef Ambassador reflected her lifelong quest to lend a helping hand.

It is the patience and care in cultivating a cultured pearl which reminds one of that same organic gem’s aura that is a part of this human gem, Audrey Hepburn.

In terms of pearls
Some of the world’s most beautiful pearls can be seen at mikimotoamerica
Mikimoto literally sets the standard for grading the quality of cultured pearls.
after all it was Kokichi Mikimoto in 1893,who produced the world’s first cultured pearl.
The Mikimoto pearl grading scale
illustrates the system, with AAA representing the very highest quality.
Luster and surface perfection are considered the most important factors in grading the quality of pearls.

Multicolor Sienna
This mikimoto 10-13mm multicolor pearl necklace consists of White South Sea, Black South Sea, Golden South Sea and Freshwater cultured pearls, both round and drop-shaped, with 12.48cts of diamonds, set in 18k white gold.

For those Canadian shoppers there are Mikimoto locations in Canada 

In choosing and educating yourself about pearls, Blue Nile is a helpful online spot.

Here is Blue Nile’s Monique Lhuillier Akoya Cultured Pearl and Diamond Bracelet  in 18k White Gold (7.0-7.5mm)
This elegant akoya cultured pearl bracelet is secured with an 18k white gold clasp accented with round brilliant diamonds.


Pearl jewellery prices at Blue Nile range from under $250 to over $1000

Previous issues of Digtalism Magazine have highlighted Pearls. Digitalism article on pearls as an organic gem from an oyster is illustrated as analogous to the birth of a child in the miraculous journey from human conception to fetal development within the mother’s uterine cavity. In another previous issue of Digitalism Magazine Pearls were highlighted as the June gemstone with June being the month for weddings and pearls as a favourite component of bridal jewellery

Pearls are always considered timeless gifts, delicate especially compared to diamonds and other precious stones. Pearls are often given as a gift welcoming a young woman into adulthood, or to celebrate a traditional 30th wedding anniversary or as a choice of bridal jewellery. Pearls are the June gemstone, and at Digitalism Magazine we remember Audrey Hepburn as the Audrey of Pearls.


Article written by Anuppa Caleekal, MSc. Copyright © Anuppa Caleekal  June 12th, 2014 in memory of my parents’ wedding anniversary and glorious union of souls.

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