Pearls are the world’s oldest gem and have been worn for adornment for hundreds of years. With such a long and ancient history, it’s no surprise that pearl jewellery can sometimes be thought of as outdated or old fashioned. However, a selection of our most innovative pearl jewellery designers are reinventing classic pearl earrings and giving them a contemporary refresh. From setting gemstones into pearls to unique brown Tahitian pearls, these are 10 of our favourite modern pearl earrings.
DOUBLE PEARL STUD EARRINGS ON SILVER
The Pearl Quarter, Haslemere, UK
Pioneering the revival of the pearl, The Pearl Quarter are renowned for their use of the highest quality pearls in their designs. Handcrafted into a modern double pearl design, these earrings depict a duo of cultured pearls in white adorned upon a body of sterling silver. The perfect laidback yet chic accessory.
CHEVAL PEARL EARRINGS
Joan Hornig Jewelry, New York, USA
The elegance of a beautiful sailboat skimming across the ocean is the inspiration behind Joan Hornig’s 18kt gold and South Sea Pearl Cheval earrings. Large but not overpowering, 3-D but not bulky, this statement earring will take you from day into night. As with each Joan Hornig piece, you may nominate any registered charity you wish to receive 100% of the profit from your purchase.
EXOTIC PEARL-RUBY DOUBLE-SIDED STUD EARRINGS
Socheec, New York City, USA
Add a touch of glamour to your look with these bold pearl and ruby earrings by NYC brand, Socheec. A fresh water pearl is paired with a tiny ball set with delicate rubies, creating a statement fashion earring.
PEARL EARRING WITH CHAIN IN WHITE GOLD
Yana Nesper, Pforzheim, Germany
These elegant drop earrings are part of Yana Nesper’s Freshwater Classics collection. Made from simple 18kt white gold chain and ending with a shimmering freshwater pearl, the unobtrusive design of the earrings allows you to adjust them so they fall from your ear at your desired length. These earrings look equally chic with a pair of jeans as they do with an evening gown.
CYMBELINE WAVE EARRINGS
Victoria Six, California, USA
Inspired by the waves of the ocean, these earrings from Californian brand Victoria Six truly embody the oceans fluidity in movement. Made in 14kt rose gold wit3-dimensionalonal wave shape, the earrings are set with individually chosen gradient Akoya pearls ranging from 8.5mm to 2.0mm.
LOTUS ADJUSTABLE GOLD EARRINGS
Stelios Karantonas, London, UK
Stelios Karantonas’ Lotus collection is inspired by the shapes and movement of the lotus leaf when growing. These minimal earrings have an extraordinary and clever design as they are fully adjustable, by playing with the 18kt gold spiral chain which goes through the fresh water pearl.
PINK OMBRE EARRINGS
Little H, Los Angeles, USA
Inspired by natural forming geodes, little h designer Hisano slices a pearl in half, carves into the interior of the pearl and lines it with luscious sapphires cascading from light to dark pink. The pearls are held by 14kt yellow gold settings, and due to the handmade nature and varying shape of pearls and gemstones used, each pair is completely unique.
NOL Jewellers, Lisboa, Portugal
The Euphoric "Royal" collection by NOL Jewellers is a jewellery line where nothing is made with pre-established rules. A brown Tahitian pearl is topped with a playful crown made from 18kt yellow gold and finished with yellow and champagne diamonds.
18KT YELLOW GOLD REVERSE SET PAVE PEARL AND MOONSTONE EARRINGS
Anahita Jewelry, New York City, USA
New York brand Anahita Jewelry, have created a sophisticated pair of earrings with a modern twist. One grey Tahitian pearl is topped with white diamonds and one white African moonstone pearl is topped with blue/grey sapphires.
PEARL AND DIAMOND GOLD EARRINGS
Rhonda Faber Green Designs, Beverly Hills, USA
These stunning white teardrop shaped pearls are adorned with Rhonda Faber Green’s signature 'Filigreen' 18kt yellow gold and pavé diamond swirls. These dainty earrings sit delicately on the ear and will never go out of style.