The Real Reason Queen Elizabeth Always Wears Pearls

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Bradby, a U.K. jeweler who uses freshwater cultured pearls in her contemporary designs, says the influence from the younger generation of royals, such as Kate Middleton (who she once collaborated with and attended her 2011 wedding to Prince William), has only added to their appeal. “I think Kate has definitely made pearls more stylish — you mustn’t ever underestimate the appeal of modern classics,” she says.

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