Radical Pearls: 18 Fresh Takes on a Classic

If the baseline for pearl jewelry is a classic strand or pair of studs, the latest styles seem downright radical in comparison. Eschewing the status quo and, in fact, redefining it, the newest pearl jewelry voices are getting louder, and key members of the old guard are cleverly turning up the volume. The questions is: Are you listening?

Jewelmer brooch
Pamana collection Sarimanok brooch with South Sea baroque pearl, keshi pearl, diamonds, tsavorites, and red, purple, and blue sapphires in 18k yellow gold, $38,310; Jewelmer
Assael pearls bracelet
Cuff with multipastel Tahitian pearls, lavender spinel, round diamonds, and blue cabochon moonstones in 18k gold, $150,000; Assael
MG Tasaki pendant
Wild Pearl pendant with South Sea pearl and diamonds in 18k yellow gold, price on request; Melanie Georgacopoulos for Tasaki
Kara Strope earrings
Mila earrings with freshwater pearls and diamonds in sterling silver, $1,350; Kara Strope Designs


Rush Jewelry Design pearl earrings
Baroque pearl drop earrings with denim-color sapphires in 18k yellow gold, $9,000; Rush Jewelry Design
Hanut Singh earrings
Earrings with mother-of-pearl discs, rubies, and diamonds in white and yellow gold, $9,200; Hanut Singh
Yoko London waterfall akoya pearl and diamond necklace in 18ct white gold
Waterfall necklace with Akoya pearls in 18k white gold, price on request; Yoko London
Anomy pearls bracelet
Golden Tusk cuff with golden South Sea pearl, brown diamonds, and wild boar ivory tusk in 18k gold, price on request; Anomy Pearls
Katey Walker pearl earrings
Medium triangle hoop single earrings with pearls in 18k gold, $395 (sold as singles); Katey Walker
Sophie Bille Brahe hairpin
Grace Blanc hairpin with freshwater baroque pearl in 10k yellow gold, about $550; Sophie Bille Brahe
Liev Joias pearl ring
Ring with pearls in 18k yellow gold, $880; Liev Joias
Own Your Story amorphous earrings
Earrings with amorphous cultured freshwater pearls and diamonds in 14k rose gold, $850; Own Your Story
Irene Neuwirth pearl bracelet
Curved Tile Link bracelet with South Sea pearls in 18k yellow gold, $29,940; Irene Neuwirth
Honora necklace
Hexagon necklace with freshwater pearls and diamonds in 14k white gold, $450; Honora


Mizuki pearl ring
Privé collection one-of-a-kind ring with Tahitian baroque pearl and diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $12,000; Mizuki
Lieu Collections pearl earrings
Lately drop earrings with cultured freshwater pearls in sterling silver, $220; Lieu Collections


Mary MacGill pearl earrings
Woven Pearl earrings with baroque pearls in gold-filled wire, $525; Mary MacGill


Top: Pearl Geode earrings with freshwater soufflé baroque pearls, seed pearls, turquoise, rubies, and 22k gold balls in 14k gold, price on request; little h

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