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Judge the Jewels: Brooklyn Decker Is a Pearl Princess in This Assael Tiara

The Bubble Pearl Tiara features 35 South Sea cultured pearls and 5.44 carats of old mine cut diamonds.




The sighting: Model and actress Brooklyn Decker attended the 2023 Met Gala in a beautiful vintage Chanel dress and a pearl tiara! You know we need to talk about the jewels.

The jewels: The star of the show here is the spectacular Bubble Pearl Tiara by Sean Gilson for Assael. It features 35 South Sea cultured pearls and 5.44 carats of old mine cut diamonds.

Decker is also wearing Assael Akoya and Tahitian pearl strands with a cross necklace by Sylva & Cie.

The trends: This is such a good example of non-traditional pearls and pearls worn in casual contexts! Pearls have been hot for a minute now and this pearl-heavy Met Gala can only fan those flames.

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What do we think? I have several layers of opinions here. First, the pearl tiara is incredible and I would wear it anywhere, anytime, for any reason. The tiara is perfect with the dress! They’re both whimsical, light, lovely, ethereal, and delicate.

Now, the necklaces. I am a fan of long pearls worn in a casual way, but I think that these multiple heavy strands together with the cross are too bulky a look for this light-as-air dress. If the dress were a gown of heavier material – like the ubiquitous tweed that was everywhere at this Met Gala – then it would have been a better backdrop for that heavy fall of pearls.

Long necklaces like this can also be an issue for those of us who are more voluptuous up top because the long strands end up falling unevenly as they take turns lassoing one side of the bosom at a time, creating an awkward, lopsided drape that doesn’t look good on anyone.

I love the dress and I love the tiara, but the ensemble would have been better off with either shorter, more delicate pearl necklaces that didn’t overlap the dress (or the model’s chest) or an even longer strand of pearls knotted in the middle to avoid the draping issue.

Judgement: 13/10 for a spectacular tiara as part of a look that could have been just a bit better overall.


Becky Stone writes about jewelry styles for INSTORE. She is founder and CEO of well-known jewelry blog Diamonds in the Library.



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