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Spring Trend: Pearls (Do You Wear Them?)

Do You Wear Pearl Jewelry?

Pearls. Once relegated to grandmas, pearls are suddenly everywhere this spring. The latest ways to wear them are laid-back and cool — more “coffee shop” than “country club.” Today, in partnership with Nordstrom, here are three easy ways to style them…

How to Style Pearls

Playful Pearl Necklace

If you’re looking to ease into the world of pearls, a playful necklace is a great choice. This one, with just one pearl, lends prettiness to an outfit without shouting, “PEARLS!”

Spring Trend: Pearl Jewelry

Like Levi’s jeans or a well-fitted blazer, a simple strand of pearls works for any occasion. You can wear a classic necklace or pearl studs with everything from a T-shirt to a party dress.

Spring Trend: Pearl Jewelry

Pearl earrings are like little spotlights that illuminate your face and lend a bit of brightness to your ensemble. We love how they sweeten up this pair of gold hoops.

Spring Trend: Pearls

This pearl barrette is a happy pairing of two spring trends — pearls and hair clips. Try it clipped in the back, or on the side, a la Margot Tenenbaum.

What do you think? Are you into pearls? (Or are these more your style?) Are there any other spring trends you’re excited about?

(Photos by Ashley Batz for Cup of Jo. Modeling by Annachiara Barretto-Grignoli. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, one of our favorite places to shop for accessories. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Kirsten says...

    Sigh, trying to love pearls. I’ve been very generously gifted two pearl necklaces by my in-laws, but I always feel so awkward and not-me when I put them on. But it seems like such a waste not to wear them.

  2. I’ve been wearing pearls since the fifth grade, glad they’re making a comeback!

  3. Brigid says...

    Pearls are awesome and I have been wearing a pearl necklace 16″ or 18″ for years. SO happy to see this post!

  4. Lisa says...

    I have made several pairs of subtle pearl dangle earrings that I wear regularly. I also love my long hematite necklace because it reminds me of large black pearls.

  5. Alexandra says...

    I love pearls – my parents gave me pearl earrings many years ago, and I wear them most days. My husband’s first gift to me, more than 20 years ago, was a pearl necklace. It is still my favorite piece of jewelry; makes every T-shirt look classier. I have a very long neck, thus, I love short-ish necklaces. Thank you for showing diversity in your models. Annachiara, you are beautiful!

  6. I love Pearls…and there is these fresh feelings I get when I style things people think are outdated into something modern. It wants me to go back to the 80s and restock my wardrobe🤗

  7. Susan says...

    We did this in the late 1970s, early 80s. So this is just another cycle. Glad it’s back. (Tho some of us never stopped. I’m not talking about grandma style.)

  8. LB says...

    My grandmother has given me an assortment of pearl jewelry over the years and I love it all! Even the grandma-y looking stuff, it’s still beautiful and unique. My favorite pair of earrings in the world is a pair of black pearl drop earrings that always make me think of Vermeer. She gave them to me for my college graduation after I oooohhed and ahhhed over them for basically my whole childhood every time she put them on.

    I purchased some earrings from Etta Jewelry (small UK, woman owned brand) that are dainty hoops with pearls hanging off the bottom. I love them because they feel especially fresh and modern but still classic. Can’t recommend her jewelry enough.

  9. Ashley says...

    My father was an airline pilot. Every year before he retired he would bring me pearls home from Shanghai for my birthday. He continued to ask me, are you sure you still want pearls? I thought it was so special because he picked out every pearl before they strung them. He brought back all different lengths and colors and size strands and now I have a beautiful collection of white and black and pink pearls. Most of mine are the double and triple loop strands. I think pearls are timeless. You can wear them with jeans and a white ribbed t-shirt or a business suit or cocktail dress. I know the collection is one I’ll be passing on to my daughter!

  10. Solange says...

    When I was growing up and wanted to get my ears pierced my mum said I had to wait till I was 16. By that time it felt more special to not have my ears pierced as it was so unusual. It wasn’t till after I gave birth to my son a month before I turned 30 that I thought about it again. After having him I felt so empowered and strong. So I got my ears pierced on my thirtieth birthday. I wear pearl studs now just about every day- just like my mum and my late grandma, who passed away while I was expecting my baby. I never thought about it till now if pearl studs are trendy. They just seemed timeless to me and part of the legacy of growing up and joining the ranks of the matriarchs in my family.

  11. Leah says...

    Love pearls, then and now. Used to wear vintage strands with t-shirts and jeans in my 20’s (I’m 53) and now wear less classic, lumpy freshwater pearls with everything, layering different necklaces. I wear simple clothing, so pearls kind pump up the polish.

  12. joop says...

    I love pearls, they go with everything! Finally decided to splurge on a good strand for my birthday last year (I’m a June baby). Will be passing them to my daughter when she turns 21.

  13. Liz says...

    I love pearls, but never think I can pull them off. This is a great way to start!
    I’m also thinking of wearing some pretty pearl earrings for my wedding but don’t know which kind. I’d love to see a roundup of pearl earrings!

  14. Rachael says...

    Thank you for this. I am starting a new job and was trying to figure out how to change up my look (my office is casual) and someone recommended jewelry and I couldn’t find anything I liked that wasn’t one of already simple pieces. I have 4 necklaces (2 strands and 2 pendants) in white, pink, and Tahitian plus earrings to match (and a ring). This is exactly what I needed and now I don’t have to spend any money.

  15. Katrin says...

    I don‘t wear classic white pearls – I think they make me look super old-fashioned -, but I have a set of tiny studs with blue-greenish pearls (I forgot what these pearls are called, but they have a specific name) in a Roségold setting, and they are super versatile and I wear them on 7 days out of 10, I guess. I like white pearls if they‘re done in an unusual way, but I‘m not really partial to the classic pearl necklace. It‘s just too classic for me, it looks a bit boring in my eyes. However, I guess those women who have this magic power of turning even the most conservative items into something unexpected and edgy can even turn the strand of pearls into something cool! But alas, I am not one of these women, so I stay away;-).

  16. SP says...

    What a beautiful model! Can you tell us where those high-waisted black jeans are from?

  17. Ine says...

    Google Norwegian rap-duo Karpe to find pictures of someone who somehow makes pearls look hella rugged… 😄

  18. Jill says...

    I took a class in college taught by Maya Angelou and at the end of it she gave all the girls a strand of pearls. I was married in mine. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that’s incredible!!!

    • Chandra says...

      I am so glad this is the first comment I saw. If Mother Maya liked pearls then so do I! Also how incredible for you and your fellow women classmates.

    • Meaghan R. says...

      this makes my heart sing. I hope those pearls are framed somewhere!

    • El says...

      I’m sorry, I need A LOT more details about this class. Amazing! Touched by magic. :)

    • Janna says...

      This sounds magical and sort of like The First Wives Club in a much more positive way. Please do tell us more!

  19. jenn achuff says...

    i’m obsessed with how the square neckline looks on her! she’s gorgeous!

  20. Anna says...

    I think I never got the memo about pearls being old fashioned or meant for mature women/older ladies, I have worn pearls (necklaces, earrings, studs) since I was 16/17. I find pearls to be a very simple, yet refreshing accessory. And they really do add a bit of glow and freshness, and make your eyes look brighter. It’s all in the mix, imho. Jeans, trainers, a striped Breton T and pearl studs, I’m ready to go. x

    • Sasha L says...

      Yes! I love that outfit you describe ❤️

    • Jenn says...

      Me too! I wear pearl studs 80% of the time and have since I was a freshman in college.

  21. NN says...

    I love her bangs!

  22. Em says...

    I go through earring phases, where I have a daily set I’ll wear for months (or sometimes years!) with any and all of my outfits. Sometimes I’ll switch it up if the occasion calls for it, but mostly it’s a wonderful little practice. (I can appreciate the simplified morning routine.)

    Right now, my “earring phase” is natural, understated white pearl studs. I love their classic beauty. They “zhoozh” up any outfit, giving polish, while being timeless. Because they’re studs, they’re not stuffy— some pearls trend “grandma”— not studs.

    And they look SO GOOD if you have multiple piercings, and you add, say, a tiny gold star or other shape, a liiiiitle diamond, or some mini gold hoops. It’s interesting, and full of texture, without being over the top.

  23. Sharon in Scotland says...

    I have a string of Australian natural pearls and a long rope of Chinese natural pearls. I don’t wear them very often, but when I do, I feel grown-up and elegant, (so I should, I’m 55 for goodness sake).
    I once read a story about a maid in love with her mistress. The maid wore her mistress’s pearls all day, so they were warm when the mistress wore them in the evening………………..I always think about that when I put ice-cold pearls on warm skin first thing in the morning.

    • Silver says...

      oh what a wonderful anecdote. Pearls are so elegant and yours sound gorgeous. I’ve heard Scottish pearls are very special too.

    • Janna says...

      What a lovely story! Thanks for sharing :)

  24. marissa says...

    Love this post! Would you be able to tell me what brand those dark jeans with the front pockets are?

  25. Cara M says...

    My Grandmother is Japanese (which is hilarious because I have blue eyes and blonde hair), but my Father brought me back a pearl necklace from Japan when I was a young girl. It made me feel connected to her, even though she died of cancer when my father was in his 20s (they believe it was radiation related as she was from Nagasaki). I wore them at my wedding and love having a strand that I can pass along to my own daughter. Although I joke about my blonde hair/blue eyes, I love that both me and my daughter have her beautiful almond shaped-eyes and small hands/feet. PS Can I tell you how much I love this beautiful model? She is just gorgeous and I love seeing more diversity everywhere.

    • Em says...

      Wow! Are you half Japanese, or a quarter?

      My kids will be a quarter Japanese. I hope they get my husband’s green eyes and my freckles. :-)

  26. Whitney says...

    My beloved grandmother gave each of her four granddaughters a single pearl on a gold chain for our first birthdays. Every year she took the strand to a jeweler and added another pearl. Growing up, I wore my pearls to church and holidays. Shortly after my eighteenth birthday, my grandmother passed away. I kept my strand at eighteen pearls, it didn’t seem right to add more. Whenever I wear them I am reminded of my grandmother and her love for all things classy.

    • Mullica says...

      Oh my god. What a beautiful memory. Thank you for sharing.

    • Janna says...

      Such a fantastic idea! Looking at this thread, pearls are so special and forge deep connections.

  27. Ellen W says...

    I am not one for classic pearl necklaces, but I have been loving seed and Baroque pearls especially as earrings. Also, this model is stunning!

  28. J says...

    I love a simple pair of pearl studs, but I can’t seem to keep them! My mother gave me a beautiful pair for my 25th birthday- I lost one before lunch the same day. My dad got me another pair a couple months later for Christmas. That pair stayed together for two or three months before one decided to up and leave between meetings at work. For a few years, I stuck with fake pearl studs, and they both stayed with me, loyal companions, for years! This past Christmas, after months of hints, my husband gave me a new pair of pearl earrings for Christmas. I lost one on the 27th, though a coworker found it. I lost it again in February. So now I have three pearl (and one fake pearl) studs, each a slightly different size/color, sitting in my jewelry box, mourning their other halves.

    • Sasha L says...

      It’s lovely to have beautiful things, but I don’t like the stress associated. I have some very precious and beautiful local sapphire earrings, gift from my husband very long ago, they really couldn’t be replaced (all of the very good sapphires are gone, so any still out are now prohibitively expensive). I keep them stored away and only wear once in a blue moon because I would be so sad if I lost. The rest of the time? Target makes awesome collections of stud earrings. I have a gold set and a silver set and love them. Wearing my pearl studs today!

  29. Deana says...

    Pearls are a classic do! Like the different ways to wear them other than the basic string.

  30. Rebecca v. says...

    My dad gave me a pearl necklace for my 16th birthday despite the fact that I REALLY didn’t want them. But now I’m so glad I have them! Although I didn’t like them as a teen and wished I had a more sparkly birthstone, I wear pearls often now – particularly my Tahitian black pearl studs and solitaire necklace from my husband – one big black pearl strung on a white gold chain. And I love that pearls become more luminous the more often they are worn against your skin – the oils improve their lustre. I recall reading a memoir in which the author’s aunt was used as a pearl “feeder” to keep the pearls in her husband’s jewelry store shiny – she would alternate wearing them around town! As other readers have mentioned, here in the south pearls have never gone out of style.

    • Jenny says...

      I had no idea about their improving with wear! Like you, I have had mine since I was sixteen (they are now over 25 years old) and they look more beautiful today than then. I thought it was just me being sentimental.

  31. raq says...

    I love pearls and gold jewelry and always have! I’m a 30 yo OLD LADY

  32. Sarah says...

    I love pearls. My dad gave me a very nice string of pearls as a gift when I graduated from high school, which felt like such a lovely, traditional, grown-up gift (something I didn’t expect at all!). Years later I received a pair of pearl studs from my mom. I loved them, and was devastated when I lost one. She graciously replaced the pair, knowing how special they were to me. They’re even more so now, since she passed away almost 6 years ago.

    I wear the necklace rarely, since it feels so valuable and special. I wore it on my wedding day, and it was perfect with the swiss dot tulle on my gown. The earrings I wear more often, since they feel like such a great neutral accessory. I particularly like dressing them down, wearing them with jeans and a band t-shirt since it feels a little unexpected.

    • Jenny says...

      Very special memories. What a sweet reminder of your mother.

  33. Kim Rayer says...

    Yes! When I saw this post, I thought, “Oh, repeat of the early 90’s.” Sorority letters with jeans and pearls were a common look on campus. Plus, pearls were often worn to dress up, too. My real and faux pearls have been in the bottom of my jewelry box for years. I guess its OK to pull them out again.

  34. Amanda says...

    I inherited a set of pearls from my grandmother. For all I know, they are fake, as I have never gotten them appraised, but they’ve been in my jewelry box since she passed away more than a decade ago, and I love them. While figuring out my wedding jewelry last year, I looked for months at purchasing a lot of different necklaces to go with my dress before it clicked – the pearls were perfect! And I love looking at all my wedding pictures and seeing me wearing them, because it honestly feels like my grandma is right there with me <3

    • Roxana says...

      This is so sweet!

      There is any easy test to determine whether pearls are real. . . gently rub the pearls on your front teeth. If they feel slightly abrasive, as a sea shell or a smooth stone might feel, then you’ll know they’re real. If they are smooth (or you notice any paint chip – oops) then they’re not. Also, real pearls tend to feel comparatively cold to the touch when you first pick them up, as opposed to fake.

      Your pearls are special, either way :).

    • Amanda says...

      Thanks for the tip Roxana! And yes, they’ll always be special either way :)

  35. Katie says...

    After seeing the firm, “Hidden Figures” I was so inspired by those incredible, bad ass women (and their 1960 style), that I donned a strand of pearls!

  36. Bethany says...

    How inspiring. I have a lovely strand of pearls that live in their original box, buried deep in the fire safe, too special to risk seeing the light of day. Ha! I’m no longer waiting to feel “old enough” to wear them (An age I previously pegged to be somewhere around 75. In this imagined future I wear a lot of cashmere twinsets.).

  37. Nina says...

    When I was growing up in the 80s there was an add a pearl necklace the wealthier people would get…so every year the parents would add a pearl to it…I always wanted that because it seemed so lovely.

    • Blythe says...

      My grandparents did this for me (and I was an 80’s child). When I was younger, it seemed like a kind of boring birthday gift, but by the time I had entered high school, I was struck by both what a thoughtful gift it was (the continuity of remembering and being intentional about it year to year) and what an extravagant gift it was from my otherwise no-nonsense grandparents. The necklace was completed for my high school graduation and I’ve worn my strand to almost every major event since– my wedding, my first “real” job interview– it always made me feel classy and loved.

    • megs823 says...

      My daughter was gifted one for her baptism. I have been lax about adding a pearl…and I also need to get one for my older daughter. (We should throw in for me while we’re at it!)

  38. Nina says...

    I love pearls. I have a few stud earrings and some lariat style necklaces with gray pearls.

  39. Abbe says...

    Huh. Maybe it’s because I’m South Asian-American, but pearls were never really a big thing growing up. Brown people are all about GOLD. Which I’m not a huge fan of either, ha! My jewelry tastes have lately skewed to the fun and funky — I love wearing fun little silver studs (currently wearing a pair shaped like little wings). I also have have two silver hoops in both ears so I feel like trying to wear something preppy like pearls wouldn’t look right.

    I love all these jewelry stories though! There is something so storied about jewelry being handed down from one generation to another. I have lots of gold jewelry that my family has bought for me over the years, but I never wear it for aforementioned reasons and also because I’m terrified of losing it! We pierce babies’ ears quite young and I definitely lost more than one gold earring as a rambunctious child. I think my kids will be getting imitation until they’re older, ha.

  40. Colleen says...

    I love pearls and wear many styles of earrings but not the traditional solo pearl stud. I have short hair and feel like I would look like a throwback to my 80’s high school and college days. Ditto for necklaces, I wore so many traditional strings in that era that I wear more stylized pearls now. My all time favorite was my opera length strand that I would swing around my neck like a hula hoop. Ahhh, those were good days.

  41. Becca says...

    My birthstone is a pearl so I’ve always been partial. I bought myself a black pearl necklace while on vacation in Hawaii – it’s a single large-ish pearl in the grasp of a white gold octopus with tiny diamond eyes. It’s very me – a little weird but still classy. My husband liked it so much (it was bought many years before him) that he surprised me with matching black pearl studs. I’m wearing the necklace right now but forgot to put on the earrings – d’oh!

  42. Hilary A Tschoepe says...

    As an aside, this beautiful, earthy model made this article even fresher and welcome! It’s lovely to see not “perfect” tummies and brown skin, like mine.

    • megs283 says...

      uhhh…her stomach is perfect!

  43. Y says...

    I had put mine away until I saw Carrie Bradshaw wearing the long strand with literally everything in the SITC movie.!

  44. Kem says...

    My stepmother gifted me a pair of earrings this Christmas made from a strand of pearls that belonged to her mother. It was such a lovely and thoughtful way to modernize a traditional strand of pearls. If you could please share who makes those high-waisted pants in the first photo, I’d appreciate it!

  45. Maire says...

    I have one real pearl necklace that I was gifted by my parents for my college graduation. I rarely wear them, but I have a pair of fake larger size pearl earrings that I wear often as well as a multi-strand fake pearl necklace that I purchased from Baublebar years ago. I think that pearls go with everything!

  46. Cynthia says...

    I have loved pearls for years! I have pearl earrings and two strands of pearls. One is all white, the other pink and white. I wear them with everything.

  47. Jo says...

    I love pearls, in all forms, and wear them in all ways, from super casual to very dressy! But: Can you tell me who makes the amazing high-waisted pants the model is wearing in the first photo? Thank you!

  48. Awads says...

    i’m wearing a strand of pearls and pearl earrings right now, but i’m from the south. pearls have never NOT been in style!

  49. Nicole says...

    Loving this trend! My style is minimal, and I’ve worn my pearl studs in my first hole and diamond studs in my second hole for years! I often consider changing out the pearls, but love their simplicity and timelessness.
    I was gifted my great-grandmother’s three-string pearl necklace for my wedding, and cherish it! Looking forward to getting more everyday wear out of it.

  50. JenMarie says...

    Ooh, Where are those awesome black pants from?
    They’re just what I’m looking for!

  51. Katie says...

    Before we were even married, my mother-in-law gifted me a beautiful strand of pearls that were her mom’s. Her dad picked them up while in Korea. I wore them wrapped as a bracelet on our wedding day. I also wore my mom’s sapphire ring. It felt extremely special to wear jewelry from both of our mom’s.

    I need to get the pearl necklace restrung. It’s a little long and I would like something a tad shorter, more stylish. Maybe I’ll have earrings made from the extra pearls.

  52. Mel says...

    You know all the posts you’ve done about tiny gold earrings(went out and bought a pair), thick gold hoop earrings (went out and bought a pair), cool chunky earrings (already owned a million) – those i’m all on board with in every way. But my sweet husband loves traditional jewelry so I am the owner of a beautiful real pearl necklace that I can never figure out how to wear and have never felt like was ‘my style’. (I think with a T might be the way to go ala the second picture). He recently bought our 2 1/2 year old a tiny (real) pink pearl bracelet for Valentines Day and I just bawled as she lit up when he put it on her. It may me come around just a little….

  53. diana k. says...

    Pearls are such a weird gendered symbol to me. In western culture it’s considered such a symbol of purity. I know it’s tradition to wear pearls on your wedding day, a part of the whole white, virginal aesthetic. In the South someone told me that your parents buy you your first pearl necklace that you will wear it until your future husband replaces it with a diamond necklace. I know that this is a very limiting perspective, but I find it so hard to see pearl jewelry as something modern.

    • Janna says...

      So true! I think what saves it for menis how intimate and special these gendered connections can be. It might sound silly, but I feel it connects me to the ones that came before me? It makes me think of Anne of Green Gables and her wish for a pearl ring, the First Wives Club and their bond, even Anne Boleyn and her famous pearl-and-letter necklace. And of course my own family, my grandma, my great-aunt, who left me some pearls. My style is not very feminine at all, yet I‘m a sucker for pearls.

  54. Irene says...

    I was hesitating about whether to wear my pearls when a friend told me that wearing them against skin–a low-cut dress–is dressy but wearing them against fabric–a sweater, a blouse–is casual.

  55. Anna says...

    My partner bought me pearl earrings for my 21st birthday. I wear them exclusively everyday. I’m 29.

  56. Kara says...

    I love pearls! I wear them often. I usually wear my pearls with more casual outfits and love to pair them with with simple t-shirts

  57. Mary says...

    Two years ago, my husband gave me a pearl necklace for our 10 year anniversary. His father gave his mother a pearl necklace for their anniversary many decades ago. I love them. I do think they give me an old fashioned look and I’m careful how I wear them for that reason but I don’t mind because I love that they are timeless, and I love the tradition. My mother, who has passed away, had a pearl necklace too that I always loved as a child. It’s neat that my husband didn’t even know that I loved that necklace. The gift was completely unexpected and special.

  58. SB says...

    I have loved pearls for as long as I can remember. I’ve been very lucky to have been gifted several over the years: a simple strand from my grandparents when I turned 13; a nearly identical set with stud earrings from my parents when I turned 16; my brother brought me back a shorter style with larger pearls that he hand-picked in China; an artisanal bracelet and purple pearl drop earrings from my first love; a vintage pair of light pink pearl chandelier earrings from my current partner – I love them all!

    My mother recently passed away in an unexpected accident and as the only daughter I have inherited her jewelry collection. She, too, was a pearl lover and received many throughout the years for thoughtful reasons and milestones. These ones are by far the most special now and I hope I have a daughter one day to share these memories with her, with an added touch of glamour.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That’s so beautiful. And I’m so so sorry for your loss.

  59. Emma fillingham says...

    I love pearls, ever since I wore my grandmother’s after she passed away I was hooked. I think pearls these days can be a fashion statement as well as classic depending on how they are designed into jewellery. My pearl passion spilled over into my little fledgling jewellery line @pearlrocksjewellery
    I believe everyone should have a pearl in some format in their jewellery box!

  60. Lexi says...

    I love pearls! All kinds and colors, although Tahitians are my favorites. Have been fascinated since I saw a store display when I was 12. They’re so organic, and love how they look on skin. #GrownNotMined

  61. Wendy says...

    There’s just no substitute for real pearls. I have an inexpensive string of pink pearls that I like to wear with a t-shirt and jeans, but I regularly drool over the beautiful pieces (especially the earrings) at Kojima Pearl’s website. A lot of their designs are very modern and unique and the prices are often less the costume pieces from “luxury” brands. I’d much rather have something “real”.

  62. Martini says...

    Pearls. Three things I recall about pearls.
    1. Back in the 50’s when I was a little girl, plastic “pop-it-beads” were popular. My beautiful grown-up cousin would buy them by the bag and add or take away individual beads or add different colors of beads. She was exquiste in them.

    2. Joan Rivers used to mention how pearls around the neck were very complimentary to a womans skin in the way they reflected light.

    3. Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods show told how rich Asian woman would eat ground pearls to keep their complexions beautiful.

  63. Ariana says...

    Love a great pearl! The pearl is my birthstone (June), too, so I’ve always felt an affinity for them. My parents gave me a lovely drop pearl necklace for my wedding two years ago–it was perfect as I wanted a simple necklace that I would never have to worry about sitting askew during the day, and the weight of the single pearl did the trick. Then, on our honeymoon in Croatia, my husband bought me a pair of natural pearl earrings in a seaside village–they have an imperfect shape to them, which I adore. Needless to say, I am on board with this trend. (I would love an actual string of pearls, though, which I’ve never had/worn!)

  64. Debbie says...

    I love pearls. I was given a double strand as a gift a couple years ago and I think they look good with a dressy outfit as well as with a button down and jeans. They add that classically feminine touch and warm against your neck in a wonderful way.

  65. Elle says...

    I recently got the J. Crew multi-strand pearl necklace, which is meant to be worn twisted and messy. Some of the pearls are so large that I’ve had to talk myself into wearing it. It’s a big statement for a smallish person. But whenever I do, people notice.
    In my 20s, long ago, I often wore two long strands of pearls with my work dresses and I miss them now.

  66. Jenny says...

    Being from the South, I’ve never thought of pearls as being out of style, perhaps not trendy but most certainly traditional and acceptable at all times. I wear my studs daily, but the strand my daddy gave for me Christmas when I was 16, those I wear to church. I have another faux strand for certain everyday dresses.

    • Emily says...

      Ditto!
      I’ve never considered pearls trendy. The are a classic staple in my wardrobe. Wear my pearl studs with a jean jacket often, and I wear my great grandmother’s necklace all the time, not just to church!

    • Jenny says...

      Emily, I hope you can see this! I loved reading your comment. What a treasure you have with your great grandmother’s pearls. Thank you for sharing that with me!

  67. Katherine says...

    On my wedding day I wore my grandmother’s pearl necklace (a choker) wrapped twice around my wrist as a bracelet. It was my something old, and now they’re especially meaningful to me since she passed away last year. I’d love to get them restrung so they aren’t so tight on my neck and I could actually wear them more regularly.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      That’s so beautiful, Katherine. Xo

    • Becs says...

      After reading this I just dug through my old jewelry boxes and found so many pearls! Born and raised in the south, I was given a strand of pearls for a graduation gift….I have pink heirloom pearls that my great grandmother wore at my grandmother’s wedding…I have multiple pearl studs of all sizes and colors. The list goes on. But I moved to Colorado after college, went minimalist in the jewelry department, and haven’t worn any of them in years. Maybe I’ll try again! In my mind, pearls are symbolic of my past. It will be a fun challenge to re-invite my past sense of self into my present one in a fresh way.

    • Katie says...

      I commented before I read yours! I did something similar for my wedding, only my heirloom strand of pearls were too long.

  68. Rosabella says...

    I think pearls are lovely, especially black pearls…on other people. Not for me. My mom once asked me about my distaste for them, and I told her “remember that line from The House of Bernarda Alba, that pearls mean tears?”. Plus, they seem too stuffy and formal for me.

    • Kai says...

      I always remember that in one of the later ‘Anne of Green Gables’ books when she and Gilbert get engaged (spoiler!), Anne asks for a pearl engagement ring. Gilbert objects, saying that pearls are for tears, but Anne counters this by saying that some of the most wonderful moments in her life thus far included tears – tears of joy and love and wonder – and that she’d happily take the good with the bad.
      I read and re-read that series as a kid, teenager and adult..it’s funny sometimes how those small moments can resonate.

  69. Kate M says...

    My family has sets of pearls that get passed down from mother to daughter. I’m the one in my family that gets (most of) them this generation but my mum let me pick one out when I was 18 instead of our traditional 25. I’ve worn it almost everyday since then (it’s now three years later). So this article was funny to me, because this pearl is such a staple of who I am and who my family is, I forgot they could even be a fashion statement.

  70. shannon says...

    I love pearls! I have several pieces, including a graduated size strand that I believe belonged to my great grandma. My grandma’s pearl necklace was “something borrowed” for my wedding. They feel so elegant and classy but are much more affordable than other jewels.

    In women’s glee club in college, we had “regulation pearls” which were a 16″ strand of medium size pearls you had to wear for every performance. Ah, good memories!! I’m happy they’re “trendy again,” but I’ll happily continue wearing them anytime.

  71. amanda says...

    When we moved to Louisville, KY a few years back one distinct way people distinguished the difference between Louisville and Lexington is that women in Lexington… you know “wear pearls.” Meaning they’re so much more southern and proper and by default, we Louisvillians are much more chill and hip. It definitely made me laugh.

  72. meg says...

    Did anyone else receive “add-a-pearl” necklaces? Was this a thing? When I was very young, my parents gave me a necklace with one small pearl. The next year, they had a jeweler add another, then another single or a pair of smaller ones the next year, and so on. The tradition ended sometime in my early teens but I still have it (but don’t wear it because I’m not a big necklace person) – a short row of pearls connected to a gold chain.

    • Madeline says...

      I have an add a pearl that was finished for me by my aunts for my wedding! We have an add a pearl for each of our young daughters now.

  73. Amy says...

    Gold south sea pearls are my favorite.

  74. Anu says...

    Who knew I was ahead of this trend? Just started wearing a simple strand of pearls, spaced out on a long gold chain. I love them, they were a present from my mother and one of the few “nice” pieces of jewelry I own. They instantly dress up anything I wear.

  75. Also wanted to say that I’ve been watching The Crown recently and admiring the pearl necklaces they seem to fit into every neckline – it is a formal, high-class look, though. Not for everyone.

  76. Stefania says...

    I have the three-strand pearl necklace that Jackie Kennedy loved. It is a copy sold at the Smithsonian Museum of US History in DC. Not expensive at all and sooo chic! Funny detail: Jackie’s pearls were glass beads as well:) They are great to wear everyday, better with a white t-shirt!
    https://goo.gl/images/VquHzK

  77. Yes to pearls!! My name means “pearl” in Greek so I think that’s partly why I love them. I do actually reserve them for dressier occasions, but your styling is giving me some new ideas.

    A dear friend says that pearls almost always have stories, so one time we threw a party for a bunch of our friends – wear your pearls and tell their story. We had tea sandwiches and fancy food and wore hats. The stories were also amazing!

    • Jenny says...

      I love the idea of a pearl party! The stories in this thread are most enjoyable.

  78. Alexia says...

    Could you share the link on the black dress? Thank you!

  79. Kathy Farrell says...

    I love my black pearl earrings. Wear them every day.

  80. Karin says...

    Love the look of a classic pearl necklace (a la The Crown) but can never figure out what type of neckline it works with. I wear v-necks or scoop necks or boat necks, and to me pearls look wrong on everything but a button down shirt or a crew neck – two things I never wear. Any tips?

    • RM says...

      Boat necks for sure! Also, try wearing them with a turtleneck–just peeking out at the throat.

  81. Lacey says...

    My daughter’s birthstone is a pearl, and I’ve been on the hunt for a pearl ring that isn’t tacky. I’ve seen a few options recently – even at Anthropologie! Definitely seems to be on trend, so I’m hoping I find something I love soon.

  82. Jill Shirley says...

    I love pearls!

    And uh, not to toot my own horn *ahem* but I’m a jewelry designer and I have lots of pearl pieces (both glass and genuine freshwater) on my Etsy Shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/JillianNicolaJewelry

  83. Jenifer says...

    My pearl studs and watch are the two things that I wear just about every day! Pearls go with everything casual to dressy! You can’t go wrong wearing pearls!

  84. michaela says...

    Pearls have never really been my style, but I would wear them now and then for special occasions. I wore a strand of my great-grandmother/namesake’s pearls wrapped around my wrist as a bracelet on my wedding day. I always used to think of them as being very refined, but when you think about it, an oyster makes a pearl when sand gets inside it—it turns this irritating bit of grit into something beautiful. So now I think of pearls as a symbol of resilience. My husband gave me a gold necklace with a pearl pendant for my 30th birthday because of a conversation we had about that, so instead of saving it for special occasions, I wear it when I need a little determination. (Also, funny story, I was once eating an oyster sandwich and found a teeny, tiny pearl when I bit down on something hard! It’s probably too teensy to use in a piece of jewelry, but I’ve got it saved in one of my ring dishes.)

  85. Paula says...

    Pearls are like fur. I like fake pearls. Or vintage. Real pearls and cultured pearls are the result of suffering. And an industry that is not good for the earth and sea.

    • Mira says...

      hear hear!! we should all remember to not inflict suffering with casual consumerism. how much pain is being “trendy” worth?

    • Darcy says...

      With you 100%. Thanks Paula!

  86. Jenifer says...

    I’ve worn pearl stud earrings for years! They go with everything from casual to dressy in an instant! You don’t need to spend a fortune either. It’s become my signature and one of the first things I put on in the morning! You can’t go wrong with pearls!

  87. Liz says...

    I love the simplicity of pearls. My wedding dress had them on the bodice so I’m always reminded of my wedding day when I wear them. I have a necklace that I cherish from my grandma, which was the only thing I requested when she passed. I know my mom thinks of my grandma too when she sees pearls so last year a bought her a simple necklace with just one pearl and she wears it daily. I’m eager to see what else Nordstrom carries, thanks for sharing.

  88. celeste says...

    I like the hand one but immaturely would think it’s grabbing my boob all day.

    • riye says...

      That’s hilarious! :-D

  89. Elizabeth says...

    My friends and I wore simple classic pearl necklaces with our college sweatshirts, boyfriend jeans (circa 1990) and keds – it always seemed so sporty but also feminine. My 19 year old daughter loves pearls and I got her a great 48 inch strand for Christmas – they are real pearls but not perfectly matched so not expensive. But she loves the drama and fun of such a long necklace.

    • Kim says...

      Yes! When I saw this post, I immediately had a flashback to the early 90’s. Sorority letters with jeans and pearls were a common look on campus. My real and faux pearls have been in the bottom of my jewelry box for years. I guess its OK to pull them out again.

  90. Jill says...

    What a lovely model.

  91. Claire says...

    yes. love them.

  92. Melissa says...

    I love pearls and have several strands I wear often. They warm to your skin when you wear them and feel luxurious and sexy. I wear mine to run errands, to meetings, to breweries. I also think they make the wearer’s skin look luminous and glowy.

  93. Heather says...

    PEARLS!!! Yes!! Love my pearl earrings (fake or real)..my sisters and I have this thing where we all wear pearl earrings..when my brother got married we put some money together and got her some pearl earrings to welcome her into our sisterhood..my husband bought me some lovely pearls a couple of years ago and I wear them just about every day..they just brighten up your face..
    Gosh..I could go on and on..haha! Love ma pearls! ❤️

  94. Beth says...

    Every pearl I own I’ve been given as a gift: A dear friend in high school. My brother, bringing me a real black pearl bracelet after living in Fiji for a few years. A pair of freshwater pearl earrings given by my late Grandma that I wear whenever I need her strength and grit.

    • Raquel says...

      These are GORGEOUS!!!! Thanks for sending the links!

  95. B says...

    For the past 9 years, I’ve only owned one pair of earrings-medium pearl studs. I wore them every single day. A friend from college even nicknamed me ‘Pearl’.
    This year I’ve expanded to owning two other neutral pairs of earrings, but still reach for my pearls more days than not. They match everything, make my outfit look put together, and don’t get caught in my hair/scarves/sweaters. One less thing to think about in the mornings!

    • b says...

      I love the idea of having a signature pair of earrings.

  96. Charlotte K says...

    Pearls are amazing. So many colors, shapes, sizes.

    The little hand pendant is cute. I don’t wear much jewelry at all any more but I wear something fun like that!

  97. L says...

    The necklace with the hand and the single pearl is interesting, and maybe something I’d wear. Otherwise I can’t say I’m a pearl person.

  98. Julie says...

    I was given my mother-in-law’s pearls as a wedding present. They were the pearls her own mother wore to her wedding in the 30’s, thought they’ve since been restrung. I haven’t had the courage to wear them yet, they feel so foreign and fancy and not me, but I guess if you have the confidence to wear something then they DO become characteristically “you.” I’ll wear them this spring!

  99. Kate says...

    My parents bought me pearl earring studs for my masters degree graduation and I adore them. They feel like a ladylike classic perfect while also carrying my parents love and support and my hard work. They’re my power pearls :D I love them so much that when I once left them at my boyfriend’s house early on in our relationship, I weirded him out with how vehemently I told him I needed him to put them in a safe place and not lose them lol

  100. Helen says...

    I received a string of pearls from my “work mums” when I left a job to move into a big corporate role. They were one of the best farewell presents I received and whenever I wear them I feel their proudness and support for me going into this role. I might even wear them today I think :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      What a beautiful gift and sentiment :)

  101. Savannah says...

    My dad gave me pearls on my 21 birthday because “A lady should have pearls.” Then I ignored them because I didn’t want to commit to an outfit pearls matched! But a couple years ago I started “Fancy Fridays” at work to give myself an excuse to wear them. I’m an oncology nurse so there’s nothing fancy at all about navy scrubs and cancer but I wear my pearls with my sneakers and it makes me laugh. Anything to help get to the weekend!

  102. Traci says...

    I just purchased an asymmetrical pearl necklace from Sundance catalog. The pearls are strung on a bright orange silk thread! It really suits my quirky style.🧡

  103. Ari says...

    I love pearls :) I wore them for my wedding and it added a nice little classic touch. Do you happen to know where the black shirt is from? It has such a pretty neckline!

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Yes, her shirt is from Reformation!

  104. Darcy says...

    Nah, I just can’t do pearls. They were lovely in another era for sure though.

    • rachel says...

      i totally agree, Ive had many strands for years and never wore them, finally gave to the thrift store, they’re just too 1950s housewife to me and nothing I wear with them worked.

    • Agnes says...

      Same.. I feel about 110 years old when I put them on. Envy those who can make them look sexy and modern though! I tend to wear them in bracelet form, pink seed pearls.. that works. I find the different coloured ones beautiful, the white ones not as much.

  105. Betsy says...

    I LOVE pearls. Always have. My pearl earrings are the only earrings I can wear. So I’m definitely a fan. Cannot wait to inherit my grandmothers gorgeous pearl necklace from my mother. They are stunning and classy!

  106. Emma says...

    Love the more non-traditional options you’ve posted — but I’m afraid a traditional strand of pearls reminds me too much of a certain infamous White House Press Secretary these days….

    • Lauren says...

      Yes. Pearls are not for me either, and it’s because of who I associate with them. Both her and other people that aren’t my cup of tea.

    • Lauren says...

      LOL Lauren, I’m a Lauren too, and was coming here to comment with the same sentiment! Honestly, I feel like anyone I’ve met wearing pearls has not been the friendliest…

  107. elizabeth says...

    My parents gave me plain pearl earrings in college and I was hooked. They went with casual, dressy, and like the article says, they illuminated my face. When I was about 31 I asked my mother for a strand for Christmas. I love them. I don’t wear them with casual clothes but when I wear them with work or dressy clothes I feel like a million bucks.

    Sometimes people have snarked on them, indicating that they are indeed for grandmas, but I don’t care.

    • Carolyn says...

      I’ve been thinking a lot about pearls after watching ‘The Favourite’. So many gorgeous natural pearl earrings in that movie!