20 must-have pearl jewellery: necklaces, earrings and more

ByThomas J. Pawlak

Jun 6, 2022

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.

Necklaces

Instant classics beyond the double strand.

Éliou bolo golden metal pearl necklace

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Irene Neuwirth gumball-link necklace

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Harwell Godfrey Foundation 18-karat gold and pearl necklace

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Peggy Sophie Bille Brahe 14-karat gold pearl necklace

Simple statement pieces

Simple designs give the pearl space to show off.

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Wwak collage bead necklace

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Maria Tash 14-karat gold trinity pearl earring

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Bracelet Tiffany Elsa Peretti Pearls by the meter

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Monica Rich Kosann Pearl Stackable Poesy Ring

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Mikimoto Cultured Pearl Station Bracelet

Earings

A perfect match: everyday hoops enhanced with super special pearls.

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Yutai sliding earrings with akoya pearls

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Bubble drops Monbouquette Trois

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Huggies Anita Ko in pearls, round diamonds and baguette diamonds

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Spritz Flower Button Earrings Of Rare Origin

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Chanel Bouton de Camélia convertible earrings

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Presley Oldham icicle earrings

Rings

Simple and clean alternatives to diamonds and colored gemstones.

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Mizuki 14-karat gold pearl ring

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Two-in-one diamond ring in 18 carat white and yellow gold Delfina Delettrez

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Selim Mouzannar enamel, diamond and pearl ring

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