Pearls for a New World

If you think pearls are boring, you’re not paying attention.

 STORY BY BECKY STONE

The lustrous luxury of pearls has bewitched human beings for centuries now, from the unpredictable whorls of a gnarled baroque beauty to the smooth sheen of a scientifically-perfected cultured pearl. We’ve come a long way from monotone drops in simple strands; the pearl pieces of today are playful, fearless, and ready to break rules.

Honora (ABOVE)

Sterling silver necklace with pearls and blue topaz.

$1,400

(212) 886-6357, honora.com


 

Iconic Inspiration

These pretty pieces make the most of the pearl’s rich history by capturing the classic elegance of this gem in an updated way. Whether they have a direct vintage inspiration or just feel timeless, these designs will appeal to those who think wistfully of their mothers’ and grandmothers’ pearls but crave something extra.

 

Vahan

Vahan

Sterling silver cuff with 14K gold, diamonds and pearls.

$2,315

(914) 937-1800, vahanjewelry.com


Gurhan

Gurhan

Necklace with Tahitian and freshwater pearls, cabochon pink tourmalines and 24K yellow gold balls.

$19,950

(646) 230-1122, gurhan.com


Jude Frances

Jude Frances

18K yellow gold band with pearls and diamonds (0.08 TCW).

$830

(949) 553-8860, judefrances.com


Barbela

Barbela

14K yellow gold earrings and ear jackets with diamonds and pearls.

$860

(212) 682-0834, barbeladesign.com


Dinny Hall

Dinny Hall

22K yellow gold vermeil bracelet with freshwater pearls.

$241

44 (0) 207 704 1543, dinnyhall.com


Mastoloni

Mastoloni

18K yellow gold necklace with baroque freshwater pearls.

$2,860

(800) 347-3275, mastoloni.com


Ed Levin

Ed Levin

14K yellow gold bracelet with a pearl.

$1,287

(800) 828-1122, edlevinjewelry.com


Lika Behar

Lika Behar

24K gold earrings with drop shaped pink pearls.

$880

(201) 933-7200 ext. 1, likabehar.com


KIR Collection

KIR Collection

Sterling silver pendant with rice pearl strands.

$210

(303) 530-1268, kircollection.com


Futuristic Fashions

These progressive pearls don’t just push the boundaries of typical pearl styles; they’ll make you forget that boundaries ever existed. Skirting the cutting edge of design innovation, these pieces are here to make your customers say, “I never knew a pearl could do that.”

 

Jordan Alexander

Jordan Alexander

18K yellow gold earrings with diamonds and pearls.

$3,675

(646) 745-6831, jordanalexanderjewelry.com


Lust Pearls

Lust Pearls

18K yellow gold pendant with South Sea pearls and diamonds (0.32 TCW).

$3,660

(702) 800-5085, lustpearls.com


Sarah Hendler

Sarah Hendler

18K yellow gold ring with enamel and a pearl.

$1,680

(646) 745-6831, sarahhendler.com


Imperial Pearl

Imperial Pearl

14K yellow gold earrings with Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds.

$2,245

(800) 556-7738, imperialpearl.com


A and Z Pearls

A and Z Pearls

18K yellow gold earrings with Japanese Akoya pearls.

$530

(800) 732-7572, azpearls.com


Little H

Little H

14K yellow gold pendant with a freshwater soufflé pearl, emeralds and diamonds.

$3,375

(949) 232-4472, littlehjewelry.com


Zoe Chicco

Zoe Chicco

14K yellow gold wire choker with cultured freshwater pearls and diamonds.

$1,395

(213) 489-1226, zoechicco.com


Jessica Arden

Jessica Arden

18K green gold stud earrings with keshi pearls.

$550

(203) 979-3544, jessicaardenjewelry.com


SHAY

SHAY

18K rose gold earrings with pearls and diamonds.

$1,880

(424) 777-0210, shayfinejewelry.com


This article originally appeared in the August 2017 edition of INSTORE.