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When you think of pearls, you may think of Nancy Pelosi’s “power pearls,” the stud earrings your grandmother passed down to your mom, or the small pearl necklaces celebs wore on red carpets in the early ’90s. Like diamonds and other precious gems, pearls stand the test of time. But there are other ways to style them to make them feel less, well, traditional.
Over the past couple of years, pearls have become cool again. But these aren’t anything like your grandmother’s. This season, organic pearls and pearls paired with gold chains offer a modern yet feminine look. Celebrities like Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Gigi Hadid and more are rocking them. And every brand from Gucci and Mejuri to Gorjana and BaubleBar is stocking pearl earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings.
Pearls don’t have to be so serious. Take a look below at some of the best pearl-adorned jewelry to wear this season, ranked from least to most expensive.
1. BaubleBar Nina Earrings, $38
Hoops never go out of style! Add this pearl-studded gold hoop to your jewelry box ASAP.
2. BaubleBar Elle Earrings, $42
These faux freshwater pearls are stacked for a short hanging earring that’s both classy and a bit beachy.
3. BaubleBar Aleah Ear Cuffs, $48
Ear cuffs allow you to add more jewels to your ears without getting any more piercings. Think of it as a clip-on cartilage earring. This set includes five pearl ear cuffs for styling any way you want.
This necklace combines organic-shaped pearls with a thick gold chain for an effortlessly cool style.
5. Reese Pearl Necklace, $65
If you prefer a more delicate paper clip chain, this necklace pairs the style with a single flat organic-shaped pearl.
Get the pearl-and-gold combo in bracelet form with this genuine freshwater pearl piece.
7. Cara O Sello Necklace, $120
Everything from Cara O Sello is handmade by two sisters and their mom in South Florida, and the pieces feature pretty pearls, colorful beads and trendy charms.
Tory Burch pairs her signature double-T logo with crystals and baroque-style pearls in this elegant earring.
9. Aurate Deco Fan Pearl Ring, $150
This sustainably made ring features 100% recycled gold shaped into seven arcs around one freshwater, ethically sourced pearl.
10. Cult Gaia Nora Choker Necklace, $248
Celebrities like Bella Hadid and Rihanna have brought back pearl chokers. This one by Cult Gaia makes a statement that’s anything but traditional.
11. Mejuri Bold Pearl Necklace, $250
This necklace by Mejuri gives the single-strand pearl necklace a modern update with freshwater pearls and 18K gold accents. Wear it on its own, or layer it with gold chains and pendants.
This pearl and gold ring comes from Aurate’s collection with award-winning actress Kerry Washington. The shape of the pearls may differ slightly, but that makes the ring uniquely gorgeous.
These are the type of earrings you could pass down to your own kids or grandkids someday. They feature Gucci’s signature double-G logo on the front with pearls attached to the backing that peek out under the earlobe.
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