Monday, November 3, 2014

Obsessing on Tribal Pearl Earrings...

I had to share my latest obsession - the Dior Tribal Pearl earring. I may be lagging compared to the rest of the world, but here in California, I have yet to see anyone wearing them. 

 Emma Watson wore them on the red carpet. I also noticed a new trend to wear just one statement earring. What I did not know is this is all related to the Dior Tribal Pearls.


Aren't they lovely and a bit deviant in a subtle way??? 


Created by Dior's chic Camille Miceli to give an edgier look to Dior's pearls, they mimic tribal piercings. The small stud is on the front of the lobe and the back is a larger ball that screws in and lays behind the lobe. 

Apparently those in the know, wear just one with something smaller on the other ear. Friends often split a pair. In France, they are worn both ways. Read more about a chic woman sporting them in Normandy in this post from the Contessa at Vintage Hen House. 


They also come in colors. Very fun!


This light violet is beautiful on Jennifer Laurence, who is the face of Dior right now.


The pink and green would be perfect for Hawaii or the tropics.


So if you are intrigued as I was, here's what you need to know. The Dior versions (which are faux), start at around $400 and can currently just be bought through Dior boutiques. I believe the Contessa, aka Elizabeth, has procured a real pair for herself. She even phoned Paris! Since that is a stretch for many of us, and there is nary a Dior Boutique nearby,  I took the the internet.


The best alternative version I found came from Bauble Bar. For the sake of this blog, and you my dear readers, I ordered a cream version to see if they were all the Dior versions were. Bauble Bar has a great return policy and free shipping on a lot of items, so it was easy.

Here's how it arrived. I love the cute YAY on everything. That's exactly how I felt when I put them on. They were lovely quality looking faux pearls and well constructed. Bauble has many variations of this in pearls and other colors similar to Dior's.  To me, the only difference is the Dior's may have a slightly larger ball on back and are gold plated studs, but it would be hard to tell. For $28 and no fee for regular shipping, these are a fun item to add a little edge to your fall look!


I love the black pearls as well and may get a pair for the holidays. How elegant for a night event with black! Bauble Bar also has a version.





Here's my best selfie version of an ear. I just wanted to show the size. Love them. They really look cute paired with a retro fuzzy sweater like my J Crew one and some distressed jeans. Another great fall look is with a white button down, pony tail and some cords and riding boots! Think Jackie Kennedy or Grace Kelly with a modern twist.

I'm wondering if anyone else has tried this trend? I think I'm going to collect a few more of these affordable ones from Bauble Bar. They feel a bit more fashionable than diamond studs I wear most days. I have worn the pair I bought together and also with just one and another small stud.

I'd also like get to Dior if that is even possible. They plan to build a store in San Francisco, but they need two years to renovate the building, which is crazy. The Dior website is HORRIBLE. It is so broken, it cannot even give a boutique location. After much searching I found the only boutique in the west is on Rodeo Drive. Right! I just don't get to Beverly Hills much though. ;) Now you know why we haven't seen then here yet! I say try the Bauble Bar's version if you like the look.

Kim


28 comments :

  1. I love them so much but I don't have pierced ears!!! I actually thought I might pierce them now bc I feel I am missing out...

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    1. Naomi, I wonder if they may come in a magnetic version somewhere...?

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  2. Hi Kim!! Wow, I love this post and that you found the Bauble Bar version because I'd definitely order them. I never wear pearl earrings because they always just look like a little ball on my ear but these are really cool and edgy. Thanks for sharing and your's look great...bummer about the Dior site (you'd think it would be perfect) but I've noticed European brands don't always care about online marketing. I'll have to check the Dior store here in Zurich and see if they have them for you!

    xoDale
    www.savvyspice.com

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    1. Dale, I bet they have them in Zurich! I agree Europeans aren't as into online shopping and many brands could give a hoot about their online presence! I bet many Europeans have these on though. Let me know if you notice! xx

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  3. The earring style is SO different and it feels edgy and fresh...
    good for you to source some of these at an affordable price.
    Dior should have a better website as it reflects badly on the company and they can afford to make it user friendly....they'd probably have more sales!

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    1. Hostess, I agree. They don't seem to care too much. I'm glad you like them too! x

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  4. Kim, I have them for sale on my website shop. splenderosa.com
    See how they compare to yours.
    I love love love them, and have ordered many more colors for the holidays.
    xx's

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    1. Marsha, Just checked them out. You have so many pretty versions! Love the crystal ones. Thank you for sharing!

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    2. Forgot to say, the are Sterling Silver, and Genuine
      FW Pearls (the tiny ones), so the quality is really excellent at a really great price.
      xx's

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    3. I think your site says your jewelry is all made in your Texas workshop right? I think that is nice too!

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  5. Also, Christian Dior has/had a shop in Dallas.

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  6. I had noticed these very briefly but I loved this post Kim because you explained the whole look and now I get it. Very cool, I have a friend who has a signature look of pearl studs, I must send her this post as I can totally see her wearing this look.
    Your version looks great and I like the outfit ideas you'll be pairing with them.
    Thanks for doing the research for us and ordering them to try, very cute packaging and I too love the YAY. xo

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    1. Dani, Thanks. I just thought it would be fun to share what I learned. I really do love the look because it's classic, but different. xo

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  7. This is my first intro to the trend .. I like it ! And I love the pics of Jennifer Lawrence .. such a lovely young woman.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  8. DIOR has a BOUTIQUE in BLOOMINGDALES in SAN FRANCISCO.............1st floor!I just got my VISA statement.........they were HALF OFF!!!!!Of course, your BUY is much BETTER........and I see MARSHA already told YOU she has them!I think she is having a 50% off soon.........so you may want MULTIPLIES.I adore mine............I first saw them at SPLENDEROSA.COM and couldn't decide if I liked them or NOT!Then I saw them on MADAME CHARLOTTE in NORMANDY and decided YES< that would do for ME!I hope SANTA brings me another pair!!!!!!!!!!!!This was such a fun surprise!I couldn't understand why so many of your READERS were clicking on to my VINTAGE HEN HOUSE!!XX

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth!! Apparently this is some secret because the Bloomingdales site says nothing about it, and I did look there- neither does the Dior site. I guess they want to keep it on the down-low!. Crazy. I may go check them out now and see for myself! Thanks for acquainting me with these and your cute story!! xx

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  9. LOVE them! Thanks for scouting out a more affordable option!!

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  10. Adored them on Contessa. I think I really, really need them!! Thanks Kim and my husband (does not) thankyou:). But I love you:). xoxo

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  11. Very pretty and chic. They remind me a bit of those rings {finger]Chanel put out not long ago. Are they comfortable? I am like a small child fidgeting with earrings, but I just might have to order up!

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  12. Super cute, Kimi! They look fab on you! I bet I'd like the black pearl version!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  13. Just made a coffee and I'm enjoying catching up on your posts after my holiday. funnily enough, I read about these earrings in a magazine while I was away and loved them. So pleased that you did your research (and saved us all some time there!) and found some at such a reasonable price They look gorgeous on you. I think I may just have to treat myself!

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  14. I love this new trend because it's so unique looking. The earrings look great on you!

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  15. Kim you are a sleuth! I think I am too old for that look but I would be all over it were I your age my dear!!

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  16. Hi Kim, You inspired me to order them! I've been eyeing them on the bauble bar website for a few weeks and wasn't sure about them, but just read your post and pulled the trigger! They look super cute on you!

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    1. Catherine, Thanks! I love mine and probably wear them too much! I hope you enjoy them. x

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