In the overly-scrutinized world of the fashion choices of female politicians, a swanky strand of pearls remains one of the few traditionally feminine accessories able to hold its own with the ubiquitous pants suit.
Why are these strands of 'power pearls' accepted where other gems of equal costliness might be thought of as inappropriately flashy?
Because for centuries pearls have been the gem of royalty and old-money families. They represent wealth, power, and to a certain extent, conservative values: three qualities that politicians are generally eager to project.
The short collars of giant South Sea pearls have a particularly imposing presence, and are best pulled-off by those who feel comfortable being the boss.
Wear em' proud, ladies.