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: If anyone knows how to style pearl jewellery without looking twee, it’s Camille Charriere. take your cue from the impeccably accessorised French influencer and team your oversized white shirt with artfully layered pearl-detail necklaces.
Style Notes: A delicate drop earring is a perfect way to soften tailored separates when dressing for the weekend. Elina Olofsson offsets a neutral blazer with Anni Lu’s ultra-chic iteration.
Style Notes: Minimalists look away now. Anna Vitiello of And Finally has your lesson in excess, styling a pretty cotton sundress with a printed head scarf, tortoiseshell sunnies and supersized pearl earrings.
Style Notes: If you think this trend is limited to earrings and necklaces, think again. Anissa made us totally rethink the trend by wearing ankle-grazing jeans with matching anklets. So chic.
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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A real classic.
Looking to make a statement? Go for a choker.
Mango is the destination for standout earrings right now.
The label all the cool Danish girls are wearing.
Wear these hoops with white tees or printed dresses.
No wardrobe is complete without a chic gold cuff.
A timeless design for under £10? These just shot straight to the top of our wish list.
There’s nothing boring about this pair.