How the Tin Cup Pearl Necklace Became Famous?

Nothing defines classy and classic better than pearl jewelry. Who buys pearl necklaces, you ask? Well every respectable woman or any man who wants to keep his woman happy, of course. Believe me; women would collect strands over strands of pearls if they could. While ropes of pearls are traditional icons for flawless style, nowadays jewelers are offering more and more options for modern alternatives.


One of the most desired contemporary designs for pearls is the famous tin cup necklace. Also known as the floating pearl necklace or the station necklace, the tin cup pearl necklace is an incredibly popular choice for girls, young ladies and women alike. Not only are they more affordable, as they use less pearls than regular ropes, but they are also extremely chic and fashionable. Even more so, this design makes a pearl necklace more “wearable”, meaning that you can adorn it even for day to day purposes, not only at fancy events.

Anyway, have you ever thought about the name for this style of pearl necklaces? It is quite peculiar to name this type of design “tin cup”, isn’t it? Well, you should know that there is an entire fascinating story behind the famous tin cup pearl necklace. Find out how it became a fashion staple of its own and consider purchasing one from the Pearls Only online shop today!

Believe it or not, the name for the tin cup pearl necklace actually comes from the “Tin Cup” movie. You are probably thinking about a grand old picture from the times of Hitchcock, but you should know that the Tin Cup movie was released as late as 1996.

Starring Kevin Costner and Rene Russo, Tin Cup was all the rage in the 90s with the perfect formula of comedy, drama and romance all in one. Alright, but you are probably wondering how the movie is connected to the tin cup style of pearls. Well, the leading lady Rene Russo wore a floating pearl necklace throughout the movie and women went crazy about it. All jokes aside, after the movie took the entertainment world by storm, girls and women all across the United States fell in love with the pearl necklace that Rene Russo wore.

The piece was created by jewelry designer Wendy Brigode, with 7 millimeter to 8 millimeter baroque pearls grown in Japan. In an interview quoted by Professional Jeweler, designer Wendy Brigode stated that “I don’t think it’s ever going to stop being popular (…), it looks good on everybody.

Somebody in her 60s, who couldn’t wear a Y necklace, can wear it and not look like she’s trying to look younger in it.” Brigode used a thin thread of silk to join the pearls together, but nowadays jewelers use a variety of materials, such as 925 sterling silver or 14k gold chains, like the ones you can find on Pearls Only. The phenomenon was so huge that this style of pearls simply became known as tin cup pearl necklaces. We hope you love these pieces as much as we do!