In Praise of Kamala Harris and Her Pearls: 12 Necklaces You’ll Love



We know it’s unfair to judge a female politician by what she wears, but when it comes to Kamala Harris and her pearls, let’s be clear: We’re not judging—we’re praising. The newly minted vice president–elect has been rocking her signature strands ever since college; these days, she’s been spotted at any number of events, including campaign stops and the 2020 Democratic National Convention, wearing multiple variations on the political power accessory—usually paired with a blazer, skinny jeans, and Converse sneakers.

If you’ve been paying attention to the past few issues of JCK, you’ve probably already had pearls on your radar: In our June issue, we identified them as one of five major trends on the fall 2020 runways; and in our recent October issue, we covered pearl engagement rings, plus picked out a whole pearl-icious selection of strands, cuffs, hoops, and sculptural drops.

Since Harris’ election is sure to boost jewelry lovers’ interest in pearls even more, we’ve gathered a collection of 12 strands for shoppers of all price points and political persuasions. Fun fact: The Irene Neuwirth necklace is a shorter version of the one Harris is often spotted wearing—including on Aug. 19, 2020, the penultimate night of the Democratic National Convention, when she accepted the party’s nomination for vice president. The best part: They all look great with Chuck Taylors.

Irene Neuwirth Kamala pearls
18k yellow gold pearl link necklace with akoya and South Sea pearls, $11,480; Irene Neuwirth

 

Mastoloni tahitian pearls
9 mm–10.5 mm black Tahitian pearl necklace with 18k white gold clasp, $5,060; Mastoloni

 

Mikimoto double strand
Everyday Essentials graduated double strand with 7 mm–9 mm cultured akoya pearls in 18k white gold, $11,850; Mikimoto

 

David Yurman bijoux pearl chain
Bijoux 40-inch or 72-inch sterling silver chain necklace with 6.5 mm–9 mm white cultured freshwater pearls, $850–$1,375; David Yurman

 

Baggins south sea akoya long strand
Multicolor necklace with 3 mm–12 mm white South Sea and akoya pearls and sterling silver clasp, $1,500; Baggins

 

Assael Fiji pearls
Fiji pearl necklace with 10 mm–12 mm natural color cultured pearls and diamond clasp, price on request; Assael

 

Pamela Love Anemone pearls
Anemone pearl necklace with freshwater pearls and 14k gold–plated brass, $320; Pamela Love

 

Tara white south sea pearls
10 mm–11 mm white South Sea pearl strand with 14k white gold clasp, $20,000; Tara

 

Donni black baroque pearls
June black pearl choker with natural baroque pearls and invisible screw clasp, $389; Donni.

 

Mateo freshwater pearl choker
Pearl beaded choker with 4 mm cultured freshwater pearls in 14k gold, $495; Mateo

 

Bounkit pearl labradorite strand
Akoya pearl and labradorite necklace in 14k gold—plated brass, $432; Bounkit

 

Harwell Godfrey tahitian foundation pearls
Large Tahitian pearl Foundation necklace, $2,500; Stone Inlay Triangle Medallion in dark mother-of-pearl, diamonds, and 18k yellow gold, $3,800; Harwell Godfrey

(Top: Harris at the 2020 DNC; photo: Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

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