Cultured Club: 27 Chic New Looks

Once upon a time, pearls came in a single flavor: white, round, and ­classic all over. Now, designers are daring to experiment. The results? Kaleidoscopic, baroque, and unexpectedly edgy.


Rock ’n’ Roll

Unconventional looks for unbeatable style (Clockwise from top left)
Golden pearl earrings with 0.83 ct. t.w. black diamond pavé in 18k gold, $5,200, Michael Sugarman, Santa Fe, N.M., 800-444-5517, ­; eight-row box chain necklace with black onyx and pearl in silver and 18k gold, $1,200, David Yurman, NYC, 212-752-4255, ­; Griffin’s Foot ring, $650, Matina Amanita at Jujú the Showroom, NYC, 212-219-0030, ­; Refined Rebellion Safety Pin bracelet in 18k gold and pearls, $14,700, Tasaki by Thakoon, NYC, 212-929-0700, ­; Imperial Private Collection cufflinks with Tahitian cultured pearls and 14k white gold, $1,200 (special order), Imperial, East Providence, R.I., 800-556-7738, ­



Creatures Comfort

Baroque beauties and beasts (Clockwise from top left)
TARA Museum Collection fish pin with white South Seas baroque pearl and 0.65 ct. t.w. diamonds in 18k white and yellow gold, $18,525, TARA Pearls, NYC, 888-575-8272, ­;
handmade lobster ring in 24k gold, rose gold, and sterling silver with
black, cognac, and colorless rose-cut diamonds and South Seas pearl, price on request, Sevan Bicakci at ViewPoint, NYC, 800-237-9477, ­; hummingbird pin with freshwater mabe pearl, 1.04 cts. t.w. sapphires, and 1.13 cts. t.w. tsavorites in 18k gold, $4,500, Christie Frantz, Santa Fe, N.M., 800-444-5517, ­; South Seas keshi pearl butterfly brooch with 1.26 cts. t.w. diamonds in 18k white gold, $9,000, Utopia, Milan, Italy, 212-826-1800, ­; 18k white gold snake wrap South Seas baroque pearl earrings with 2.38 cts. t.w. diamonds, $11,930, Yvel, NYC, 866-983-5583, ­


Good Seeds

Small pearls have hit the big time (Left to right)
Tiny mixed pearl hand-knotted necklace, $512, Lena Skadegard at Fragments Showroom, NYC, 212-334-9588, ­; 50-strand Japanese akoya keshi pearl necklace, $9,000, Pearl Exporting Co., 866-673-2757, ­; antique natural pearl and diamond tassel, price on request, Eclat Jewels, NYC, 212-581-2446, ­; snake tassel earrings with pearl, emerald, and garnet, $1,200, Padma Collection, NYC, 212-213-5437, ­; 24k gold and dark silver necklace accented with white pearls, $4,950, Gurhan, NYC, 646-230-1122,


Portrait of a Lady

What’s classier than these sophisticated staples? (Clockwise from top left)
Golden South Seas pearl neckpiece in 18k two-tone gold, $8,800, Marc David for Seabrite, NYC, 800-732-2748,; three-strand (22″, 23″, 24″) nested akoya cultured pearl with 14k gold pearl and diamond clasp, $15,700 (special order), Imperial, East Providence, R.I., 800-556-7738, ­; white, golden, and black South Seas and freshwater cultured pearl necklace with signature 18k gold clasp, price on request, Mikimoto, NYC, 800-223-4008, ­; M Pearls Collection cultured pearl earrings in 18k white gold with 1.01 cts. t.w. diamonds, $3,000, Mastoloni, NYC, 800-347-3275, ­; gray Tahitian pearl ring with diamond in silver and 18k gold, $1,900, David Yurman, NYC, 212-752-4255, ­; white ringed freshwater cultured pearl bracelets, $240 (set of three), Honora Pearls, NYC, 212-371-1515, ­


Organic Soul

Sea-born baubles soften a mix of stones (Clockwise from top left)
Natural pink keshi pearl earrings with 0.30 ct. t.w. diamonds and 0.85 ct. t.w. pink sapphires in 18k gold, $4,250, Russell Trusso Fine Jewelry, Lakewood, Ohio, 216-789-2080, ­; large stone pearled pavé bangle, $3,180, M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza, NYC, 212-695-7904, ­; Cinta earrings in 18k gold with aubergine pearl drops, peridot, and diamonds, $18,000, John Hardy, NYC, 888-838-3022, ­; sterling silver, cherry freshwater cultured pearl, and gemstone necklace, $375, Honora Pearls, NYC, 212-371-1515, ­; 18k gold “super cool” bracelet with South Seas pearls, green tourmaline, and diamond flower accent, $14,000, Erica Courtney, Los Angeles, 323-938-2373, ­; South Seas cultured pearl earrings with 1.84 cts. t.w. rubies in 18k gold, $7,000, Assael International, NYC, 212-819-0060, ­



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