Thanks to the flapper, pearls lost their demureness. Pearls were the single-strand standard of matrons and timid maidens until the flapper made them her own. She wore pearl necklaces by the dozen, wore them for their lustrous flattery and the drama of their shake and sway. While one string of artificial pearls could pass as the real thing, a ransom of fakes was too much to believe. The flapper put on her pearls with a wink and a smile, knowing they weren’t believable - her attitude made pearls modern.