Pearls are back: The best earrings, necklaces and bracelets for a classic look

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We've been wearing pearls for centuries.

While traditionally a sign of wealth and nobility, dating as far back as Queen Elizabeth I in the 1500s, they've come back in a huge way to popular culture for their soft, luminescent and versatile nature.

The gem, produced within the soft tissue of a living mollusc, comes in a range of varieties, shapes and colours to suit just about any design, from earrings to necklaces, rings and more.

Shop the latest trending designs in pearl jewellery.
Shop the latest trending designs in pearl jewellery.

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With a wide price point, the elegant pearl is the most in-demand gem right now and, quite frankly, we're the better for it.

Whether you're interested in updating your pearl collection or want to see how else you can style your pearls, we list some of the best jewellery on the market right now.

Necklaces

WANDERLUST + CO Aries Zodiac Mother of Pearl 14K Gold Vermeil Pendant

This sustainably crafted zodiac pendant is a beautiful, personal option for everyday wear, made from14K gold vermeil and 925 sterling silver, with a luminous mother of pearl background for just the right amount of shine.

Attach it to a chain of your choice or gift it to a special someone in a Signature Wanderlust + Co gift box.

An Aries Zodiac gold pendant with a white mother of pearl setting against a cream background.
Zodiac pendants are a popular choice and make a beautiful gift, especially with a mother of pearl setting. Photo: The Iconic

Mejuri Tiny Pearl Necklace

If you're looking for something fine, delicate and elegant to wear, this necklace from Mejuri is the perfect piece.

Made in gold vermeil with 18k gold on sterling silver, the necklace is set with cultured pearls from oysters and freshwater mussels, carefully selected for each piece.

"It’s the perfect dainty necklace that can be worn alone or layered; goes with everything," one buyer said.

Adjust the chain length from 14 to 16 inches to suit your style and, if you need to return it, the necklace comes with a two-year warranty.

A caucasian woman wears a fine string of white pearls with a white tshirt against a beige background.
Channel your inner Charlotte York in this delicate necklace from Mejuri using quality cultured pearls. Photo: Mejuri

Carly Paiker Vacation Pearl Necklace  

If you're wanting something with a little bit of extra bling, the Vacation Pearl Necklace from Australian boutique jeweller, Carly Paiker, will do the job.

Using baroque freshwater pearls and 18-carat gold-plated silver, the necklace offers understated glamour to any outfit.

It's easily attached with a lobster clasp fastening and offers a great length of 40cm that can be layered or doubled up.

A white pearl and gold chain necklace against a white background.
Offering the perfect amount of understated glamour is this pearl and gold necklace using baroque freshwater pearls. Photo: The Iconic

Earrings

Seed Heritage Freshwater Pearl Hoop

These large pearl hoops make an easy statement pair as we enter trans-seasonal dressing, offering a playful design with elegant materials.

An affordable option from Seed, these earrings use freshwater pearl beads with a comfortable open design complete with secure stud backings.

Great to keep all year round when you're looking for that tiny bit extra to add to your outfit, while staying chic and effortless.

A blonde caucasian woman wears white pearl hoop earrings on a side profile with a white jumper and white background.
Pearl hoops offer a chic edge to the playful earring design. Photo: Myer

Midsummer Stud Earrings

If you don't want the formality of the long drop pearl earrings, add a simpler touch with a chic stacked pearl stud, giving an edgy look, while remaining elegant.

With over 50 five-star reviews, it's clear to see why these pearl studs are a winner for so many.

The cluster of freshwater pearls makes a versatile touch to carry your outfit from day into night, with a stud back making them easy to wear.

Two stacked pearl stud earrings on pale grey background.
Stacked pearl stud earrings offer a chic touch for any outfit. Photo: Mimco

Mizuki 14-karat gold pearl earrings

When it comes to design, quality and make, these exquisite drop pearl earrings from Mizuki are hard to beat.

Using high-quality freshwater pearls, the earrings are hand-strung on a 14-carat gold hook, offering seamless elegance with a luminous glow.

The earrings are designed to be versatile and effortless, with their modest dimensions just the right size to carry you through the day and lift you into the night.

A close up of a woman of African descent wearing pearl drop earrings with a black turtle neck jumper.
The classic pearl drops from Mizuki hang from a 14 carat gold hook. Photo: Net-A-Porter

Rings

Maria Black Moonshine Ring

Copenhagen-born, Danish-Irish designer Maria Black designed this ring to represent the moon's reflection in the ocean, using a unique freshwater pearl on a wave of gold-plated sterling silver.

Presented in a signature gift box, the ring offers a contemporary twist on the classic pearl ring, yet gives a softness with its curved, gentle design.

A gold split ring with a freshwater pearl on one end rests on a white board.
The Moonshine Ring uses a unique freshwater pearl to represent the moon's reflection in the ocean. Photo: The Iconic

Anissa Kermiche Impromptu gold pearl ring

Made from freshwater pearls and gold beads, the adjustable Impromptu ring from Anissa Kermiche is designed to wrap elegantly around the finger, making it a great investment ring for long-term wear.

Sitting beautifully on its own or stacked, the pearl wrap-around ring is a modern take on the classic pearl gem.

pearl ring strung with freshwater pearls and gold beads on  a dark-skinned finger with pink nails, resting on a black jumper sleeve.
This pearl ring is strung with freshwater pearls and gold beads that spiral elegantly around your finger, designed to fit any size. Photo: Net-A-Porter

Bracelets

ÉLIOU Bimmie gold-tone pearl bracelet

If you're wanting a contemporary twist on the classic pearl bracelet, this piece from ÉLIOU is a beautiful and cool option.

The large freshwater pearls are hand-strung and threaded with knotted blue string for a hidden edge, while still delivering the chunky statement look.

Dress it down with cropped sleeves and jeans, while matching gold earrings to the gold-tone clasp.

A chunky pearl bracelet with large pearls threaded with knotted blue string and a gold clasp against a white background.
The pearl bracelet is hand-strung with large pearls threaded with knotted blue string for a hidden contemporary finish. Photo: Net-A-Porter

Mejuri Pearl Bracelet

To be worn alone or stacked with chunkier bangles and bracelets, the fine pearl bracelet from Mejuri is an elegant and versatile piece of jewellery.

The small cultured freshwater pearls sit delicately in the fine 14 carat gold chain, serving a simplistic, understated yet chic look for everyday wear.

This delicate pearl bracelet is designed for long-term wear with the chain protected from oxidizing or discolouring over time.

Wear it every day, everywhere.

A close up of a caucasian woman's arm wearing a fine gold chain with small pearls studded in it against a black background.
Designed to wear every day, the Mejuri fine pearl and gold bracelet is made from cultured pearls and a 14 carat solid gold chain that will not oxidize or discolour over time. Photo: Mejuri

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