Pearls: They’re officially cool once more. And by that, we mean in the way they were originally 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.
Elevated pearl pieces are cooler, however, and much more than a continuous string of pleasingly shiny beads. They’re embedded in asymmetric earrings, peppered on chokers, dangling from teeny tiny little earrings or 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 classic. Take inspiration from the new styles of pearl jewellery, and then shop our favourite pieces to suit all budgets below.
Style Notes: Of course, the string of pearls reigns, but mix beads of different widths for a modern take.
Style Notes: If you’ve been toying with investing in a single earring, make it a pearl one for an arresting styling flourish.
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