When it comes to jewelry, there are seasonal novelties and then there are the classics. Some of the most valuable gemstones have the power to cross generations and remain coveted for decades, and pearl jewelry fits firmly into this sartorial realm. Timeless and traditional but also unique and dynamic, pearls have long been loved by politicians, celebrities, influencers and grandmothers. These days, we’re used to seeing a wide array of luminaries wearing pearls, like Harry Styles in his single pearl earring or Madam Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in her signature pearl necklace.
Jeweler Mizuki Goltz attributes much of the pearl’s long life 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 unique style.” Goltz adds, “Balancing the organic beauty of the pearl with minimal decoration gives a modern feel. When buying your own pearls, Goltz says to look for “the 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 are some of our favorite pearl jewelry designs perfect for anyone, anytime, anywhere.
Instant classics beyond the double strand.
Simple statement pieces
Simple designs give the pearl space to show off.
A perfect match: everyday hoops enhanced with super special pearls.
Simple and clean alternatives to diamonds and colored gemstones.