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Iconic Items: 5 Classics that Have Shaped Modern Design

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Coco Chanel believed that a woman needed “ropes and ropes” of them, while Jackie O declared that they were “always appropriate.” They, of course, are pearls—perfectly round, opalescent and worn as a continuous string around the neck. These prized spheres are produced in the mantle (soft tissue) of oysters; wild natural pearls are the rarest and most desirable, but most contemporary jewelry is produced using cultured or farmed pearls from pearl oysters, and sometimes freshwater mussels.

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