Pelosi's Power Pearls
Jackie wore fakes that charmed her children -- and that ultimately sold at auction for $211,500.
Barbara Bush wore fakes to hide her neck wrinkles -- courtesy of star costume jewlery designer Kenneth Jay Lane.
Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House, apparently shares my weakness for South Sea pearls, including the champage strand that she wore with a plum suit for her swearing-in. It seems that with real power comes real jewelry (even if the ornament of choice for women in politics is soft, round, and usually pale -- but that's an analysis for another day).
Of course, if you're still working your way up to that kind of authority, tips for sourcing pearls of much better price abound -- real or fake. Then again, authenticity -- like authority -- may be relative.