The Old Chanel Trend That's Suddenly Hip for Summer 2017

by Olivia Lidbury

Pearls: They’re officially cool once more. And by that, we mean in the way they were original intended: Be it in your ears, around your wrist or artfully strewn across your chest. We’re pointing this out only because over recent seasons, Coco Chanel’s favourite jewellery has moonlighted on jeans, cuffs, handbags, sandal straps and even heels to provide a surprise twist of embellishment. This trend of juxtaposing pearls in the most unexpected of crevices has provided the catalyst to make this traditional style of jewellery suddenly hip. But tell someone you’ve invested in a pair of pearl earrings or a necklace, and the Sloane Ranger connotations still remain.


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The pearl 2.0 is cooler, however; much more than a continuous string of pleasingly shiny beads, they’re embedded in asymmetric earrings, peppered on chokers and adorning brooches. There’s something undeniably chic about a pearl—freshwater, cultured or of the costume variety—but now, they’re as edgy as they are ladylike. Take inspiration from the new styles of pearl jewellery, and shop our favourite pieces to suit all budgets in the gallery below.

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