Forget your grandmother’s jewelry. This season’s standout pearl pieces are contemporary marvels.
For the Center of Attention: Ippolita
Lollipop 18-Karat Gold Large Ring with Diamonds, Ippolita ($3,595). ippolita.com
When it comes to the gemstones in our cocktail rings, we happily abide by the mantra: “the bigger, the better.” A bold example of Ippolita’s multi-faceted Lollipop cut, this pavé diamond-rimmed, mother-of-pearl stunner more than deserves to be the star of its own show.
For the Minimalist: Fallon
Rotation Double Pearl Wire Cuff, Fallon ($395). barneys.com
An updated version of more traditional, structured pearl cuffs, Fallon’s ultra-modern wire bracelet features 14-karat-gold-plated brass and white glass pearls. Layer it with multiple bangles for the ultimate arm party.
For the Creative: Margo Morrison
Natural Baroque Pearl and Sapphire Drop Earrings, Margo Morrison ($225). Neiman Marcus, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-966-9700
Known for her eclectic work with semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls, Margo Morrison sets the spotlight on a pair of cultured baroque pearls in these colorful drop earrings, which also incorporate delicate white sapphires.
For the One Who’s Up All Night: Swarovski
Fantastic Pierced Earrings, Swarovski ($75). Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington, 703-418-6665
Swarovski’s specialty might be its famous studded crystals, but the brand shows a proclivity for pearls in its Fantastic collection. The set includes pieces like these glittery star-inspired earrings, embellished with Swarovski’s signature gray crystal “pearls” and guaranteed to catch the light no matter the hour.
Everyone’s favorite emblem of the ’90s redux, the choker, is riding a wave of popularity that shows no signs of ending anytime soon. A sophisticated take on the trend, Aamaya by Priyanka’s silk Pop choker is finished off with two Japanese Akoya pearls.
For the Ingénue: Miu Miu
Classic Bead and Crystal Double Headband, Miu Miu ($550). Nordstrom, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1400 S. Hayes St., Arlington, 703-415-1121
The kind of youthful accessory that’ll remain relevant across generations, Miu Miu’s statement-making double headband shines brightly with parallel rows of pristine crystals and luminous pearl beads.