With the passing of both Barbara and George H. W. Bush this year, we are inclined to reflect on their lives and their service to our country. Barbara was not only a kind First Lady with a big heart, but an advocate for many worthy causes. In addition to her wonderful qualities, she also had a signature look…pearls.
Barbara joked with her granddaughter Jenna about the reason she wore the pearls.
“The pearls are to cover the wrinkles, which they no longer do,” said Bush to her granddaughter. “You can’t wear pearls all over your face.”
Her sense of humor was a trademark of hers as much as the pearl necklace was. In the wake of her passing, many women are paying tribute to her by wearing pearls of their own. Below are some Susan Shaw looks that definitely capture the essence of Barbara.
If you visit the George Bush Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, you will find the iconic strand of pearls worn by Barbara in the gift shop for purchase. You will also find our jewelry! We are so proud to be carried there. Not too long ago we were told the story of how Barbara came to find our jewelry. She was shopping with some board members of the presidential library one day at a store that carries our jewelry in Houston (A Bientot), when she noticed our pieces. That’s when she requested Susan Shaw be carried at the library gift shop, and it has been proudly carried there ever since!
You can check out the online store here if you can’t make the trip!
Pearls have the reputation for being conservative and classic, which is one of the wonderful things about them, but many people don’t realize how versatile they can really be. Barbara was always switching up her earrings to be worn alongside her pearl necklace. The different bracelets and earrings below are fun options for any pearl look.
The delicate chain pearl necklaces below create a modern look without losing the classic elegance of pearls.
One of our most unique collections is our Baroque Pearls. Each pearl is in its natural form, making them all uniquely shaped. The grey version of our Baroque Pearls below are sure to make a unique statement.
With so many different ways to enjoy pearls, you could wear them every day- just like Barbara. We surely won’t be able to wear a strand of pearls without thinking of our former First Lady and her beautiful soul.
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