For a long time, pearls were a signifier of conservative taste. Costume directors always gave characters like Bree van der Kamp a neat string of pearls to wear with their pastel cardigans and uptight attitudes. However, pearls have become the most popular jewellery trend of 2019, thanks to designers like Timeless Pearly, Alighieri and Anna Lu who are redefining pearls.
You'll find pearls in every possible iteration this season—from hair clips and anklets to chokers and earrings—but the one thing they have in common is that these don't have a perfect finish. Instead of neat strings of pearls, these are freshwater-style with uneven surfaces, natural colours and varying sizes. Although these are beautiful pieces that will give your look a 2019 refresh, they are still items that feel really unique and that you can treasure for years and years to come. There are many designers creating beautiful one-off pieces, such as Alighieri and Timeless Pearly, however, there are also some amazing iterations on the high street.
For inspiration for how to wear pearl jewellery this summer, scroll below for some of the most beautiful pieces we've spotted so far this year.
Style Notes: Strings of pearls look so much cooler when they are looped around an ankle—especially when paired with the dream Chanel Mary Janes.
Style Notes: Nnenna is a big fan of pearl jewellery, often wearing dozens of clips, necklaces and accessories at once. We love how she pairs her drop pearl earrings with a pearl choker.
Style Notes: Ellie from Slip Into Style shows that pearls and gold look amazing mixed together.
Style Notes: For a simple look, opt for a single strand of pearls.
Style Notes: If you're from the more-is-more school of thought, however, pile on those pearls and wear multiple earrings, rings and necklaces at the same time.
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Timeless Pearly is a fashion editor favourite.
This teeny tiny pearl is a subtle take on the trend.
These will go with every outfit.
ASOS have dozens of pearl pieces right now.
Wear by itself, or layered with other pendants.
An amazing statement earring.
This would look great with a white T-shirt and jeans.
Another Timeless Jewellery piece we've fallen for.
Anna Lu is one of the brands leading the pearl jewellery trend.
We love the pinky hue of these pearls.
Stack more than one pearl slide for extra impact.
This is the amazing finishing touch to wedding guest outfits.
Links have so many pearl pieces right now.
Alighieri's pearl pendant has been popular with the Instagram crowd.
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring summer 2019.
This piece was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.