There is no doubt that pearls are some of the most beautiful gemstones on earth. The luster (or glow) they feature is one-of-a-kind and makea the gem seem as though it’s radiating from within. A pearl necklace, for example, is one of the most timeless pieces of jewelry money can buy, and people all over the world love them because of the classic aesthetic they possess. However, it’s for this same reason that others have criticized pearls. After years and years of seeing the same pearl jewelry worn in the same ways, they’ve become, for lack of a better word, boring.
That said, all hope is not lost for you pearl fans. In recent years, fashion icons have begun to showcase the beauty of pearls in new and exciting ways. Below, we highlight some of our favorite ways that celebrities including Emma Watson, Rihanna, and Kate Middleton have brought new life to the dazzling gemstone.
As one of the most fashionable celebrities who is always willing to be bold with her outfits, seeing Emma Watson featured here should not come as a surprise. In fact, it could be argued that she’s one of the pioneers of this new pearl movement. At the Valentino Haute Couture Show during Paris Fashion Week in 2014, she wore a sleek and sexy black ensemble and accessorized it with a gorgeous single drop-earring that featured a pearl on each end. Wearing only a single earring was certainly a risky move, but looking back, it started a trend. The look, and particularly the earring, was a huge hit, with fashion critics around the world raving about her jaw-dropping edgy style.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is one the world’s most anticipated and watched events. When Rihanna signed on to perform, she made sure audiences would remember her look for a long time to come. To complement the sophisticated her black corset, skirt, and lace gloves, she used a few unique pearl accessories which took her outfit to a whole other level. Similar to Emma Watson, Rihanna also wore a single pearl earring—a large pearl stud that reflected vividly with her every movement. In addition, she donned a five-layered pearl choker, but it didn’t stop there. The centerpiece was a lavish pair of vintage Chanel sunglasses which featured pearls all throughout the frame, unlike anything we’ve seen before.
If anyone has the right to wear traditional pearl jewelry, it’s Duchess of Cambridge. Kate Middleton. However, being the fashion icon that she is, Kate found a dashing way to put her own touch on the way she wore the gemstone by using pearl pins to add a charming finishing touch to her chignon. Her take on pearls was classy and understated, but at the same time modern and fashionable. As the case with everything she does, the look was broadcasted throughout the world and immediately made a splash in the fashion world. Pearls pins began trending overnight, showing just how influential Kate is not only in England, but across the globe.
Pearls have been treasured for thousands of years. While the younger generation may have once thought that the gemstone was too traditional for them, celebrities like the ones we’ve covered here have shown that you can use the exquisite gemstones in many different ways to make a stunning fashion statement. Though very different from the classic piece of pearl jewelry we’re used seeing, we’re ecstatic that the alluring beauty of pearls will continue to be put on display for years to come with these new styles.
Sos Nazaryan is a writer at Pearls of Wisdom by The Pearl Source, one of the world’s premier retailers of high-quality pearls. He’s always on the lookout for the latest fashion and jewelry trends inform and inspire.