When it comes to pearls, leave it to Diana. Journalist, author, filmmaker and branding specialist – Diana Bishop is truly a renaissance woman. After all she did interview Nelson Mandela, Celine Dion and met the Queen! Through her blog A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris
, Diana has created an amusing way for us to connect and lift each other up during this turbulent time. Her recent blog post, Get Out Your Pearls!
is a call to women everywhere to dig out their best pearls and put them on – even if they’re stuck at home. Since every strand of pearls has a unique story, Diana is inviting all you ladies to take a picture with your pearls on, write up where they came from and how long you’ve had them, and send it in to her so she can share.
Well, I just loved this idea, so we added our own blog,
which of course shares my story. I got out my favourite strand immediately and started typing up my response. Here’s what I had to say:
As many of you, I’m sure you are hearing about “virtual cocktail parties” to “virtual weddings” as well as “virtual business meetings” in order to stay connected with, colleagues, friends and family. I’m also hearing stories about “which pajamas are you wearing? Day or Night ones?” or “I just ironed my nightgown for the first time in 30 or more years!”.
Well Diana, congratulations on making me feel extra special today. I decided to get up earlier, put on make-up, and wear my pearls! What a difference it made.
“My first pearl was a ring bought in Thailand in the 1990s with CIDA colleagues Adair Heuchan and Nancy Spence. Then in Vietnam I was with Ann Marie Almeida, who was the President of the Association of Women’s Business Centre at the time. She was so involved with negotiating and making sure that what she was buying were “real” and not faux. I didn’t care but I bought the grey ones instead and real pearl earrings. My white pearls came years later given to me by my daughter when she was working in Shanghai. I actually don’t know if they are real or not and I don’t care—they mean more to me than anything. They are beautiful. Most of all I feel totally different dressed with make-up and wearing pearls! Thanks Diana. We all need a “lift up” during these times. Keep up your stories!”