The Pretty Pearls Having a Fashion Moment

Worn on long strings in the 1920s, a symbol of subtle femininity in the 1950s and a conservative nod to tradition and the aristocracy in the 1980s; the pearl has a long style history, and it’s back making fashionable appearances everywhere from the red carpet to the young royals in 2015. So who are the famous faces behind this latest renaissance, and how can you recreate their look?

It began back in February, when the BAFTA’s red carpet glistened with beautiful pearl jewellery thanks to official sponsors YOKO London. Natalie Dormer and Romola Garai were among the stars to step out in contemporary pearl jewellery by the British designer, perfectly capturing the balance of classic glamour and contemporary chic. To see how you can achieve this look for yourself, and for celebrity inspiration, visit our Pinterest board. Natalie wore a black gold ear cuff set with diamonds and stunning Tahitian pearls. Famed for their beautiful dark colour, Tahitian pearls put a modern twist on traditional designs. This YOKO London 18ct White Gold Tahitian Pearl and Diamond Earrings and YOKO London 18ct White Gold Tahitian Pearl and Diamond Ring are a great way bring a touch of red carpet glamour to your jewellery box.

Yoko London 18ct white gold Tahitian pearl diamond earrings
18ct white gold Tahitian pearl and diamond earrings - £2425

Romola wore a pair of drop Australian South Sea Pearl Earrings in a very similar style to this elegant 18ct White Gold South Sea Pearl Diamond pair, available from Ernest Jones.

Yoko London 18ct white gold South Sea pearl diamond earrings
18ct White Gold South Sea Pearl Earrings - £1499

Fast forward a few weeks to the Oscars and Hollywood’s leading ladies were making a fashion statement in pearls again. Most notably, Lupita Nyong’o wore a breath-taking Calvin Klein Collection gown by Francisco Costa, seen here on our Pinterest board. The custom dress was adorned with 6,000 pearls and valued at $150,000 (that’s around £100,000)!

Though the dress didn’t just make headlines for its abundant embellishment, the 12 Years a Slave actress’ gown was stolen from her hotel room after the ceremony, sparking media frenzy. Thankfully, the thieves later returned the valuable garment, and it was found in a bin bag in one of the bathrooms at the London Hotel in LA. It was a nail biting incident, but the combination of press attention and the beautiful Lupita put pearls firmly back on the fashion radar

Awards season was just the beginning of the pearl’s resurgence, the stone is now a firm favourite of the A-List with stars such as Emma Watson appearing in oversized pearl stud earrings this year. The large stones give the classic pearl stud an up-to-date look, and this style refresh can be recreated with these 18ct Gold Cultured Pearl 8-8.5mm studs.

18ct Gold Cultured Pearl 8-8.5mm Earrings
18ct Gold Cultured Pearl 8-8.5mm Earrings - £250

The Duchess of Cambridge is another ambassador of pearl jewellery. Renowned for her impeccable taste and style, Her Royal Highness favours classic pearl pieces such as round studs and simple pear shaped drop earrings. For a touch of the Princess’ signature chic, try these 9ct White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Hook Drop Earrings by Sea Mist.

9ct White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Hook Drop Earrings
9ct White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Hook Drop Earrings - £125

We love seeing the pearl back in fashion, but perhaps what is the most brilliant about this elegant jewel is its timeless style. A beautiful investment, a piece of pearl jewellery is an item you’ll return to year after year. To view the full range of pearl jewellery available from Ernest Jones, visit our collection here.