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20 pairs of pearl earrings to buy now and wear forever

From Mejuri to Tiffany & Co

kate middleton wearing pearl earrings
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Elegant, timeless and surprisingly versatile, pearl earrings are always a good investment. Whether you’re looking for traditional jewellery that’ll stand the test of time, something more modern, or even a more boho-inspired look for summer, this semi-precious stone is the perfect choice.

Pearls are regularly worn by the royal family - and proved particularly popular over the Jubilee weekend. The Duchess of Cambridge accessorised her Emilia Wickstead dress with some delicate drop earrings borrowed from the Queen (a wedding gift from 1947), while Her Majesty opted for a classic pair of studs – complete with her signature three-strand pearl necklace – for the Platinum celebrations. Kate in particular is a fan of the iridescent stone: the duchess wore intricate Van Cleef and Arpels earrings on the final night of her Caribbean tour and has re-worn a simpler Annoushka design everywhere from Wimbledon to the America's Cup World Series.

It’s no surprise, really. Pearls are officially the oldest gemstones in the book (and historically even rarer than the diamonds), so they’ve been reincarnated countless times since they were first worn by Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC. But the recent renaissance feels most significant: this stone has successfully shaken off its twee connotations. In fact, in 2022, pearl earrings have never felt cooler, and we largely have the introduction of cultured alternatives to thank for this. In fact, the acceptance of unique, organic pearl forms has slowed the unsustainable quest for perfectly round pieces.

Brands like By Alona and Alighieri nail this organic look with baroque settings and asymmetric pairings: their jewellery adds some much-needed edge to traditional outfits. If you’d rather something less bohemian, Mateo NY and Sophie Buhai's sculptural pearl earrings make a more polished, but directional, statement. If in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a classic pearl stud – and you can always add a contemporary twist by layering up with cuffs, Mejuri’s ear jackets or Maria Tash’s dainty huggies.

Below, we round up 20 of the most beautiful pearl earrings that are available to shop right now.

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1 Annoushka
£1,266 farfetch.com

The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted wearing these 18-karat gold Annoushka earrings countless times since she invested back in 2012. Proving that pearls are the definition of versatile, Kate has worn this pair with everything from tailoring and T-shirts, to lace dress coats and pillbox hats, and even used them to elevate a navy fleece at the America's Cup Regatta.

2 Mejuri

Mejuri’s elegant earrings have a mix-and-match twist with two pearls: a stud that sits on the ear and one that cradles the lobe. The ear jacket can also be detached to create a simpler, everyday look.

3 Tiffany & Co

Nobody does timeless elegance quite like Tiffany & Co – the jewellery house has been at the forefront of luxury design since 1837. An update on the brand’s signature pearl stud earring, this pair is crafted from 18-carat white gold and finished with a sparkling square-cut diamond.

4 Alighieri

From Alighieri's new collection, these statement gold pearl drop earrings are handcrafted in the brand’s Hatton Garden studio, cast in recycled bronze and then plated in 24k gold. We love how all of the brand's freshwater pearl pendants are totally unique.

5 Mateo NY

If you want to make a jewellery statement, Mateo NY’s wearable works of art will do nicely. These eye-catching crescent moon earrings are studded with 0.92ct of diamonds and feature three rows of cascading pearls.

6 Monica Vinader

Proving once again how much she loves a pearl piece, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in the necklace version of these Nura earrings just last month. The simple pearl drop design is beautifully understated.

7 Olivia & Pearl

Featuring graduated freshwater pearls set in recycled silver, Olivia & Pearl earrings are truly timeless. Complement this classic drop design with a sleek up-do do for a striking evening look.

8 Pandora

Pandora’s pearl earrings are simple, contemporary and classic all at the same time. Cast from sterling silver, these hoops drop to a baroque freshwater cultured pearl – and each one is totally unique. Layer yours up with ear cuffs and helix piercings.

9 Maria Tash

Maria Tash’s single earrings were literally made for layering. Cast from 18kt white gold, this delicate huggie is filigree-studded and edged with 11 tiny akoya pearls that catch the light beautifully.

10 By Alona

By Alona’s boho pearl hoop earrings will make perfect additions to your holiday wardrobe. The glossy gold-vermeil hoop drops to blue sodalite beads and baroque pearls and each one is a different length to create an unusual, asymmetric look.

11 Sophie Buhai

Sophie Buhai's pearl drop earrings are for those who want to make a jewellery statement. Cast from 18kt gold-vermeil, this pair is defined by oversized baroque-style pearl pendants suspended from lapiz bezel studs. Show yours off with a low-sweeping bun or off-the-shoulder necklines.

12 Sophie Billie Brahe

Nobody knows pearls quite like Sophie Billie Brahe. And the brand is one of the few to experiment with the stone’s lesser-known colours: these earrings feature both creamy, iridescent and rose-pink pearls. The double-drop cluster design is inspired by the early renaissance artist Botticelli, whose Birth of Venus painting is one of fashion’s favourite inspirations (Dolce & Gabbana made an entire print based on it back in the 1990s).

13 Simone Rocha

Pearls have become a much-loved signature of Simone Rocha – the designer uses the semi-precious stone throughout her headbands, hair slides and earrings. This oversized pair is finished with teardrop cut crystal pendants.

14 Boucheron

Created in 1968, Boucheron’s Serpent Bohème collection has continuously produced design classics for the French luxury brand. These pearl drop earrings define opulence with their alternating mother-of-pearl and diamond-studded teardrops set in 18kt yellow gold.

15 Mizuki

For a pared-back take on traditional pearl drop earrings, look to New York-based label Mizuki. Set on a tiny pearl-topped 14kt gold hook, this design is threaded with an oversized freshwater pearl pendant that can be detached completely or layered with other charms.

16 Chanel Pre-Owned

We all know that shopping for pre-owned pieces is one of the best ways to stay sustainable in fashion, so why should pearls be any different? A vintage 1996 find, these clip-on Chanel earrings feature the brand’s signature interlocking CC logo on an oversized faux-pearl. Shop other second-hand items here.

17 Gucci

If you’re looking for an eccentric piece to accessorise with, Gucci’s gold-tone earrings are just the ticket. Made with glass faux-pearls, each stud features the brand’s signature bee motif (complete with crystal wings, no less) and famous GG monogram – the perfect balance of playful and classic.

18 Pomellato

You can always trust the luxury Italian jewellery brand Pomellato to put an abstract spin on classics like the pearl stud. Cast from 18kt rose gold, these striking earrings are set with spherical Tahiti pearls (beloved for their unique grey hue) and set with 1.90 carats of diamonds. The jacket clasp and pavé stones add a vintage feel.

19 Van Cleef & Arpels

From the coveted Alhambra jewellery collection first created in 1968, these four-leaf clover earrings are a much-loved signature for Van Cleef & Arpels. We love how the mother of pearl catches the light beautifully with every turn of the head.

20 Dior
£300 dior.com

Featuring white resin pearl pendants dropping from that iconic CD monogram, these gold-tone Dior earrings will bring a playful touch any outfit. Go all out with the matching bracelet, too.

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