20 Best Pearl Earrings for Women

ByThomas J. Pawlak

Jun 7, 2022

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Elegant, timeless and surprisingly versatile, pearl earrings are always a good investment. Whether you’re looking for traditional jewelry that will stand the test of time, something more modern, or even a more bohemian look for summer, this semi-precious stone is the perfect choice.

Pearls are regularly worn by the Royal Family – and proved particularly popular over the Jubilee weekend. The Duchess of Cambridge accessorized her Emilia Wickstead dress with delicate dangling earrings borrowed from the Queen (a 1947 wedding gift), while Her Majesty opted for a classic pair of studs – complete with her pearl necklace at three rows – for Platinum celebrations. Kate in particular is a fan of the iridescent stone: the Duchess wore intricate Van Cleef and Arpels earrings on the last night of her Caribbean tour and again wore a simpler Annoushka design everywhere from Wimbledon to America’s Cup World Series.

It’s no surprise, really. Pearls are officially the oldest gemstone in the book (and historically even rarer than diamonds), so they’ve been reincarnated countless times since they were first worn by Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC. . But the recent revival seems the most significant: this stone has managed to shed its twee connotations. In fact, in 2022, pearl earrings have never felt so cool, and we largely owe the introduction of cultured alternatives to thank for that. In fact, the acceptance of unique organic pearl shapes has slowed the unsustainable quest for perfectly round pieces.

Brands like By Alona and Alighieri embody this organic look with baroque decors and asymmetrical combinations: their jewelry adds a much-needed touch to traditional outfits. If you prefer something less bohemian, Mateo NY and Sophie Buhai’s sculptural pearl earrings are more elegant, yet directional. When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a classic pearl stud – and you can always add a contemporary twist by layering with arm warmers, earmuffs from Mejuri or delicate hugs from Maria Tash.

Below we round up 20 of the most beautiful pearl earrings available right now.

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£1,266
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The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted wearing these 18k gold Annoushka earrings countless times since she invested in 2012. Proving that pearls are the definition of versatility, Kate has worn this pair with everything, from couture and t-shirts to lace dresses. pillbox coats and hats, and even used them to elevate a navy fleece during the America’s Cup regatta.

These stylish earrings from Mejuri have a mix and match twist with two pearls: one stud that rests on the ear and one that cradles the lobe. The earmuff can also be detached to create a simpler everyday look.

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£1,375.00

No one does timeless elegance quite like Tiffany & Co – the jewelry house has been at the forefront of luxury design since 1837. An update to the brand’s signature pearl earring, this pair is crafted in gold 18k white and finished with a sparkling square. – cut diamond.

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£225.00

Part of Alighieri’s new collection, these gold-tone pearl drop earrings are handcrafted in the label’s Hatton Garden studio, cast in recycled bronze and then plated in 24-karat gold. We love how all of the brand’s freshwater pearl pendants are totally unique.

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£3,450.00

If you want to make a jewelry statement, Mateo NY’s wearable artwork will do the trick. These eye-catching crescent moon earrings are set with 0.92ct of diamonds and feature three rows of cascading pearls.

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£125.00

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£130.00

Adorned with graduated freshwater pearls set in recycled silver, the Olivia & Pearl earrings are truly timeless. Complete this classic design with an elegant bun for a striking evening look.

Pandora’s pearl earrings are simple, contemporary and classic. Cast in sterling silver, these hoops fall on a baroque freshwater cultured pearl – and each one is totally unique. Pair it with earrings and helix piercings.

Maria Tash’s unique earrings were literally designed to be layered. Cast in 18k white gold, this delicate huggie is set with filigree and edged with 11 tiny Akoya pearls that beautifully catch the light.

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£90.00

By Alona’s bohemian beaded hoop earrings will be the perfect addition to your vacation wardrobe. The shiny gold vermeil hoop falls on blue sodalite beads and baroque pearls and each is a different length to create an unusual, asymmetrical look.

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£663.00

Sophie Buhai’s pearl drop earrings are for those who want to make a jewelry statement. Crafted in 18k gold vermeil, this pair features oversized baroque-style beaded pendants suspended from lapis bezel studs. Show yours with a low bun or off-the-shoulder necklines.

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£1,410.00

No one knows pearls better than Sophie Billie Brahe. And the brand is one of the few to experiment with the little-known colors of stone: these earrings feature creamy, iridescent and pink pearls. The double drop cluster design is inspired by the early Renaissance artist Botticelli, whose Birth of Venus painting is one of fashion’s favorite inspirations (Dolce & Gabbana made it an entire print in the 1990s).

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£375.00

Pearls have become a much-loved Simone Rocha signature – the designer uses the semi-precious stone in her headbands, barrettes and earrings. This oversized pair is adorned with cut crystal teardrop pendants.

Created in 1968, Boucheron’s Serpent Bohème collection has consistently produced design classics for the French luxury brand. These beaded drop earrings define opulence with their alternating mother-of-pearl and diamond-studded drops set in 18kt yellow gold.

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£320.00

For a pared-down take on traditional pearl drop earrings, head to New York-based brand Mizuki. Mounted on a small 14k gold hook topped with a pearl, this design is strung with an oversized freshwater pearl pendant that can be completely detached or layered with other charms.

We all know that buying used pieces is one of the best ways to stay sustainable in fashion, so why should pearls be any different? A vintage find from 1996, these Chanel clip-on earrings feature the brand’s signature interlocking CC logo on an oversized faux pearl. Shop other used items here.

If you’re looking for an eccentric piece to accessorize, Gucci’s gold earrings are for you. Crafted with synthetic glass beads, each stud features the brand’s signature bee motif (with crystal wings, no less) and the famous GG monogram – the perfect balance between playful and classic.

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£11,000.00

You can always trust Italian luxury jewelry brand Pomellato to bring an abstract twist to classics like the pearl stud. Cast in 18k rose gold, these striking earrings are set with spherical Tahitian pearls (prized for their unique gray hue) and set with 1.90 carats of diamonds. The jacket clasp and pavé stones add a vintage touch.

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£3,300.00

Part of the coveted Alhambra jewelry collection created in 1968, these four-leaf clover earrings are a much-loved Van Cleef & Arpels signature. We love how the mother of pearl beautifully catches the light at every turn of the head.

£300
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Adorned with white resin bead pendants falling from that iconic CD monogram, these gold Dior earrings will bring a playful touch to any outfit. Also come out with the matching bracelet.

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