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When it comes to jewelry, there are the seasonal novelty pieces and then there are the classics. Some of the most precious gems have the power to span generations and remain covetable for decades, and pearl jewelry fits firmly into that sartorial realm. Timeless and traditional but also unique and dynamic, pearls have long been beloved by politicians, celebrities, influencers, and grandmother’s alike. These days, we’re accustomed to seeing a wide range of pearl-wearing luminaries, like Harry Styles in his single pearl earring or Madam Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris in her signature strand of pearls.
Jeweler Mizuki Goltz attributes much of the pearl’s long lifespan and versatility to expert, singular styling. As she explains, “Icons like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis each wore them differently in their own way, creating their own style.” Goltz adds, “Balancing the pearl’s organic beauty with minimal decoration gives a sense of modernity.” When buying your own pearls, Goltz says to look for “luster, color, size, and shape,” as much as the craftsmanship and design of the jewelry. And always remember, she notes, that “the pearl [is] the only gem made by a living organism...every pearl is different.”
Below, some of our favorite pearl jewelry designs perfect for anyone, anytime, anywhere.Necklaces
Instant classics beyond the double strand.
Mateo 14-karat gold pearl wrap necklace
Irene Neuwirth gumball link necklace
Mizuki 14-karat gold pearl necklace
Sophie Bille Brahe Peggy pearl & 14kt gold necklaceSimple Statement Pieces
Simple designs give the pearl space to show off.
Willshott silver pearl alternative bracelet
Sophie Buhai small pearl drop 18kt gold-plated sterling silver earrings
Mejuri fishhook pearl earrings
Tiffany Elsa Peretti Pearls by the Yard braceletEarrings
A perfect pairing: everyday hoops elevated with super special pearls.
Lizzie Fortunato circa pearl & gold-plated hoop earrings
Anita Ko pearl, round diamond, and baguette diamond huggies
Ippolita Nova 18-karat gold pearl hoop earringsRings
Easy and clean alternatives to diamonds and colored gemstones.
Charlotte Chesnais pearl eclipse 18kt gold-vermeil ring
Delfina Delettrez 18-karat yellow and white gold, pearl and diamond ring
Bibi Van Der Velden Starry Night diamond, pearl & 18kt gold ring
David Yurman 18kt gold, pearl, and diamond ring