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.
Instant classics beyond the double strand.
Simple Statement Pieces
Simple designs give the pearl space to show off.
A perfect pairing: everyday hoops elevated with super special pearls.
Easy and clean alternatives to diamonds and colored gemstones.