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Chic Pearl Earrings That Retail For Less Than $1,000


Working in the fine jewelry industry, it’s easy to forget what average people consider to be an “opening” price point. For some jewelers in the ultra-luxury sphere, $10,000 is chump change. For the rest of us, however, even $500 may constitute a big spend.

That’s why it’s important to stock fashion-forward fine jewelry styles that many shoppers would consider accessible—especially when it comes to earrings, a self-purchase favorite.

Most of you know this already, but it bears repeating: Pearls perfectly fit the bill. Not only are the sea-born gems current fashion world darlings, but they’re also available in budget-conscious freshwater varieties, allowing designers to create high-impact pieces for a fraction of the cost of designs featuring gemstones in similar sizes.

Unlike the simple pearl studs and plain gold styles that ruled yesteryear, however, today’s most coveted designs feature a mix of materials, combining pearls with yellow gold chains, diamonds, and colored stones.

What’s more, all of the under-$1,000 options featured below work equally well for brides searching for wedding day styles that won’t break the bank. (The delicate asymmetrical pair from Yi Collection even satisfies the “something blue” requirement.)

Promote the styles to your younger clientele as accessible luxuries. And for your wealthier, more established clients, position them as stocking stuffers, or spontaneous gifts they might pick up when they’re splurging on something else.


Imperial Pearl earrings
Pearl earrings in 14k gold with 0.048 ct. t.w. diamonds, $475; Imperial Pearl
Mateo small pearl hoops
Small Pearl Dot hoops in 14k gold, $750; Mateo
Aurelie G pearl huggie
Pearl Dangle huggie hoop in 14k yellow gold, $155 for single, $310 for pair; Aurelie Gi
Omé Olivia Earrings
Olivia earrings in gold-filled metal with freshwater pearls and glass flower beads, $170; Omé
Yi Collection earrings
Pearl earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.37 ct. t.w. blue sapphires, $750; Yi Collection
Shy Creation pearl chain earrings
Paper-clip drop pearl earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds, $880; Shy Creation

Top: One-of-a-kind baroque pearl earrings in 14k gold with diamonds, $825; Mateo

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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