While the pearl necklace has been a jewellery box staple for as long as women have accessorised, there’s a fine line between your granny’s dusty old beads and the carefully crafted masterpieces we’re all coveting this season.
Whether you’re channelling a timeless Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a modern-day Coco Chanel, or something a little more avant-garde, there’s a pearl necklace out there for every occasion. From delicate antique treasures to chunky, abstract pieces; freshwater orbs to fun faux beads; they’re a timeless, cross-generational investment you won’t regret.
We can’t get enough of the archive pieces from the likes of Chanel and Dior, courtesy of treasure trove keeper Susan Caplan Vintage, as well as more modern shapes from Mikimoto and Jil Sander. Teamed with an LBD for ultimate Holly Golightly appeal, or more simply with a white tee and jeans for a laid-back contemporary look, designer Sophie Bille Brahe deserves the pearly queen crown when it comes to her real freshwater creations: with extra bow detailing and intricate clasps, each is more beautiful than the last. Gucci goes bold with a faux triple row, as well as some beautiful fine jewellery pieces, while Simone Rocha’s entry-level Daisy necklace is sure to elevate any day or night look.
Here are the finest pearl necklaces to covet now.