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Pearls for a New World

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

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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. (212) 886-6357, honora.com. $1,400

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

 

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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

 

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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
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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

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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