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12 Las Vegas Jewelry Trends, No. 2, Oyster Play: Whimsical Pearl Designs Are Abundant

Corner Nacre bangle in 18k yellow gold with peacock-color mother-of-pearl and a 12 mm cultured Tahitian pearl, $9,810; Melanie Georgacopoulos; email info@melaniegeorgacopoulos.com for purchase

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

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

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

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Corner Nacre bangle in 18k yellow gold with peacock-color mother-of-pearl and a 12 mm cultured Tahitian pearl, $9,810; Melanie Georgacopoulos; email info@melaniegeorgacopoulos.com for purchase

Corner Nacre bangle in 18k yellow gold with peacock-color mother-of-pearl and a 12 mm cultured Tahitian pearl, $9,810; Melanie Georgacopoulos; email info@melaniegeorgacopoulos.com for purchase

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 info@federicarettore.com for purchase

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 info@federicarettore.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 studio@featherstonedesign.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 studio@featherstonedesign.com for purchase

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Drop earrings in 14k yellow gold with purple garnets and diamonds, $1,300 at K.Jon’s

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