Pearl jewellery is the epitome of style and sophistication. From the likes of Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City to Harry Styles wearing pearls at the Brits, pearl jewellery is back and bigger than ever. Iconic and a style staple throughout the decades, this timeless accessory now takes on a more modern form. But how do you wear pearls and how do you style them for different occasions? Join us as we take a look back at where pearl jewellery began and how to wear it casually, formally and to weddings.
Pearl Jewellery History
Pearls and pearl jewellery are synonymous with style, elegance and status. With a history dating back to 420 when a fragment was found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess, pearls are considered to be one of the oldest gemstones in the world. Originally worn solely by the ruling classes including Chinese royalty in 2300 BC and the Romans during the reign of Julius Caesar, naturally made pearls are extremely rare to find, which is why historically they were reserved for those in power.
It wasn’t until 1893 when Kokicho Mikimoto discovered how to farm pearls that pearl jewellery became more accessible. By 1935, there were 350 pearl farms in Japan with an output of 10 million pearls a year. That being said, up until recently, pearls have still been considered a status symbol. From Coco Chanel and her iconic 1936 portrait featuring multiple strands of pearls draped over her shoulders to Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of the wealthy socialite Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961, pearl jewellery undoubtedly has a connection with luxury fashion.
As time has passed and as pearl imitations have improved, pearl jewellery has become increasingly popular. Once reserved for the elitist, pearl jewellery can now be seen on everyone from Harry Styles to Bella Hadid. Popular throughout almost every era of fashion, pearl earrings, pearl necklaces and pearl bracelets are the ultimate versatile accessory that can be worn for almost any occasion. Read our ultimate guide on how to wear pearl jewellery.
How to wear pearl jewellery
No matter your style or fashion aesthetic, there is a piece of pearl jewellery for every occasion. From wearing pearls casually day to day to wearing pearls for a night out or special event there is so much choice. Faux pearls are now at such a high standard that you’re sure to find a piece that matches your style. With a dreamlike shimmer and creamy pearlescent finish, pearl jewellery has the ability to add a touch of luxury and finesse to any outfit. Let’s take a look at how to wear pearl jewellery for a variety of different occasions.
How to wear pearls casually?
Though pearls may be associated with sophistication and evening attire, they can also add a cool edge of luxury to more modern and casual looks. No longer reserved just for jewellery, pearls regularly feature on accessories and clothing to add texture and a sleek edge. Regularly spotted on the runway and high street, classic pieces of pearl jewellery can emphasise and enhance a casual look, adding a dressy finish to an outfit that would otherwise be more laid back or plain. Wearing pearls in a more casual setting means you can break the rules and mix and match textures, colours and materials. For a casual yet put together look go for pearl jewellery that is mixed with beads or on a silver or gold chain. The juxtaposition of the different materials creates a flawless casual look. We offer a range of mixed material pearl jewellery pieces including a range of pearl bracelets, earrings and necklaces. For a subtle pearl look opt for a pearl bracelet such as the Pave Set CZ Moon and Pearl Amelia Bracelet or the Pearl and Disc Charm Sienna Bracelet. Alternatively, a layered necklace look with pieces such as the Pearl Bead Necklace, Pearl and Gold Beaded Necklace or Baroque Pearl Pendant Rope Chain Necklace could really transform your look.
How to wear pearls formally?
When it comes to wearing pearl jewellery for formal occasions, it's best to go for a timeless and classic look. Take inspiration from elegant and sophisticated celebrities such as Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge and opt for a minimal and sleek look. A classic pearl necklace makes the right kind of statement for formal occasions. For the ultimate sophisticated look, go for a dainty strand of pearls. A delicate pearl necklace will look great paired with an elegant jumpsuit or black dress. Whereas a simple pair of pearl earrings will add a chic finish to any outfit. We offer a range of pearl necklaces and earrings including Baroque Pearl Studs, Baroque Pearl Beaded Necklace and Mini Pearl Drop Huggie Earrings that will transform your evening look.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little edgier for a date night or evening out with friends then a bold look could be just what you need. We offer a range of pieces that are sure to make a statement and will elevate you're going out look. From the Multi Pearl Beaded Hoop Earrings and Baroque Pearl Drop Hoop Earrings that pack a punch to Baroque Pearl Long Link Chain Necklace and the Pearl and Coral Pendant Necklace that is ideal for layering to create a chunky finish, the styling options are endless.
How to wear pearls to a wedding?
Whether you’re the bride, bridesmaid or simply a wedding guest, pearl jewellery is an excellent way to offset your look, adding a timeless finish. Ideal for bringing a flawless edge to your look without being too overpowering, pearl jewellery can be as elegant or as bold as you desire. No matter the colour or style of your dress or outfit, there is a piece of pearl jewellery that will perfectly complement your ensemble. Wearing pearl earrings to a wedding is an excellent way to adorn your ears and add light to your face. We offer a stunning range of pearl earrings suitable for the bride, bridesmaids and guests including Baroque Pearl Stud Earrings, Baroque Pearl and Bar Drop Earrings, Mini Pearl Drop Huggie Earrings and Baroque Pearl Long Link Earrings.
Whatever piece of pearl jewellery you go for and wherever you choose to wear them, you’re sure to find it at Estella Bartlett. Shop the latest New In pieces.