National Wear Your Pearls Day

National Wear Your Pearls Day is a holiday observed annually on December 15th. As the name of this holiday suggests, people are encouraged to take out their best pearl jewelry and wear it for the world to see.

This can be a pearl necklace, pearl earrings, or even a pearl cameo brooch. For people who want to celebrate this holiday but don’t own any pearl jewelry, they might consider taking a trip to their local jewelry store or borrowing something from a friend.

The History of National Wear Your Pearls Day

National Wear Your Pearls Day was created by DeAnna Bookert—a motivational speaker and best-selling author. She created the holiday in 2015 because she felt that pearls best represented how she was able to overcome depression and remind her that her life has value and purpose. It has since been observed by people all over the world not only to show off their individual style but also to demonstrate their sense of self-worth.

Quick Facts About Pearls

We’ve included some quick facts about pearls below that everyone will probably want to check out while they’re observing National Wear Your Pearls Day.

  • Pearls are the only gemstones to come from a living creature.
  • Only 1 in 10,000 wild oysters contain pearls.
  • Kokichi Mikimoto created the first cultured pearls in 1896 after two decades of research.
  • Approximately 99% of all pearls on the market today are cultured, not natural.

Observing National Wear Your Pearls Day

Whether you’re using pearl jewelry from your own collection or you have to borrow something from a friend, it’s a good idea to wear your finest clothes with your pearl jewelry on this day. It’s also a good idea to use the hashtag #NationalWearYourPearlsDay on your social media accounts to let everyone know what pearl jewelry you’re wearing.

When is it?
This year (2024)
December 15 Sunday
Next year (2025)
December 15 Monday
Last year (2023)
December 15 Friday