New York City, May 10, 2019. The category of pearls has broken free from its long stodgy stigma as a grandmother’s go-to accessory. With the variety of colors and shapes available, and myriad makers’ creative visions, pearl jewelry has firmly entrenched itself among the most fashion-forward of jewels today. And with a sustainable backstory—beautiful pearls only originate in healthy aquatic environments—pearls are a no-brainer choice for ethically minded millennials. Pearls are fresh, organic, classic, modern, and fun, and designs featuring them offer an understated luxury and über cool aesthetic that’s unlike any of the flashier stuff in the market. Want to stand out in style and save the planet? Look to pearls for lustrous direction.
Editor’s Note: We are counting down the days to the most important jewelry trade shows in North America (happening in late May and early June in Las Vegas) with 12 days of jewelry trends! These trends are based on what’s been appearing in the market lately, what was on display at other recent fairs, and on what designers are saying they’re making for the next shows.
Full disclosure: Yours truly works part time for the Cultured Pearl Association of America, though my opinions on this site are my own.
Y necklace in 18k white gold with cultured Tahitian pearls and 0.72 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, $1,650; Samira13
Claw ring in 18k yellow gold with a cultured South Sea pearl and 0.099 ct. t.w. diamonds, €4,830; Bibi van der Velden
Mismatched earrings in 18k rose gold with 16 cts. emerald, 0.37 ct. t.w. diamonds, a cultured freshwater pearl, and green, pink, and purple enamel, $13,200; Federica Rettore; email email@example.com for purchase
Pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold with hammered accents, platinum, 0.59 ct. t.w. diamonds, and a cultured Tahitian pearl with a gold leaf and shell mosaic, $22,600; Featherstone Design; email firstname.lastname@example.org for purchase
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