REVERED OVER THE WORLD for their classic and opulent feel, pearls continue to remain a firm favourite amongst the style elite. This ancient gem has been adorned for millennia, however it was once only reserved for the elite. Julius Caesar even passed a law limiting the wearing of pearl to the ruling classes.
With icons including Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy and the Queen giving the June birthstone their classic reputation; pearls recently adorning the silver screen in big TV hits including Bridgerton, Spring/Summer catwalks in 2021 and 2022 were filled with modern reimaginings of pearl jewellery and accessories.
Relaxed Occasion Wear
Oscar de la Renta’s Spring/Summer collection infused pearls into their new approach to evening wear. Special cut pearls mixed with aesthetic metals create a contemporary but modern twist on this must have jewel.
Chanel transported us down monochrome memory lane with their 2021 Spring/Summer show, paying homage to the original branding of the iconic fashion house. Layered pearl necklaces and cuffs featured heavily alongside branded jewellery, bags and belts injecting subtle hints of the Parisian designer’s staple stone.
Combining the silkiness of ivory with that of pearls, Prabal Gurung’s 2021/2022 wedding collection includes statement made pearl drop earrings to create a sophisticated and modern look. This simple yet classic look proved that there is beauty in the simplicity of these natural stones.
The perfect stone for the summer, buyers and jewellery experts suggest that June’s birthstone will continue as a strong trend throughout 2022. Alluring pearls featured heavily at this year’s Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair. Celine Lau, Director for Jewellery Fairs at UBM Asia said “we have jewellers and designers who are finding new and unexpected ways of showing off the beauty of pearls, especially baroque and irregularly shaped gems”.
Pearl remains a firm favourite of many celebrities proving that this classic stone is not only reserved for the catwalk. Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer proves that simple pearl earrings can add subtle glamour to an evening look while Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a vision in statement drop pearl earrings.
QP’s Pearl Picks
Pearl earrings are a simple way to incorporate this season’s hottest stone into your summer look. Opt for sleek and simple stud earrings to add pearlescent shine to your office wear. Pair with a crisp white shirt and keep your look clean and polished for the summer months.