Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Modern Pearls

A delicate pearl suspended from a "whisper" of a gold chain, gently skimming the neck, or an understated stud grazing the ear lobe, is at once chic and timeless. Designers and the like are creating "modernized" styles for "today's woman."

Read on for more about this classic gem, as the editors at the Daily Telegraph U.K. share ideas on how to wear the various oferrings of this elegant accessory.

Banish the thoughts of girls in pearls; the humble stone is having a comeback, but this times it's clean and simple.

Ear cuffs, £75 each, Joanna Laura Constantine; Ring, £185, Bjorg; Bracelet (left hand, top), £415, Vita Fede; 020 7629 9161. Cuff (left hand, bottom), £350, Chloe; 020 7823 5348. Cuff, £29.95, Cara; 020 7629 9161. Top, £360, Goat at Fenwick; 020 7629 9161 Photo: MICHELLE BEATTY

Pearls are having a comeback. The, how shall we put it... more 'ordinary' woman' has grappled them back from the Sloanes and repurposed them for her modern wardrobe.

Avoid fussy and over-the-top designs in favour of simplicity and sleekness. Team with rose or yellow gold for the cleanest ways to sport them with - silver can look dated. Looking for inspiration? Here are our picks to make you a Pearly Queen.
Single or double pearls on gold bands are the on-trend way to wear them. Stack them up, or wear multiple rings across your fingers, just keep nail varnish to a minimum.
Above: Earring, £125, Ileana Makri;; double pearl ring (left hand), £250, Lucy Folk; single pearl ring (left hand), £215, Vita Fede; 020 7629 9161; ring (right hand), £79, Sophie by Sophie; Bracelet (left arm), £260, Alexander McQueen;bracelet (right arm), £210, Elizabeth & James; . 
Front pleat top, £325, Victoria Beckham at Fenwick; 020 7629 9161

Clockwise from top left: 
Helene Zubeldia pearl ring, £70; Monnier Freres 
Sophie Bille Brahe Lisa grande ring, £775; Dover Street Market 
Shaun Leane cherry blossom ring, £295; Astley Clarke 
Gold plated sterling silver faux pearl open ring, £12; ASOS

Avoid a strings; play with the delicacy of pearls and team them with a chunky gold bracelet or cuff.
Above : Pendant, from £975, Tiffany & Co; earrings, £12.99, Zara; cuff, £160, Helene Zubeldia at ; pearl ring, £535, Delfina Delettrez; yellow gold ring, £350, Maria Black. 
Top, £59, COS

Clockwise from top left: 
Majorica 7MM white pearl bangle bracelet, £93.82; Saks Fifth Avenue 
Tory Burch Faux pearl bangle, £80.96; Nordstrom 
Nektar de Stagni spike pearl cuff, £787.63; FarFetch 
Lele Sadoughi Pearl Satellite faux pearl bracelet, £177.49; Net-a-Porter

Girls in pearls can be cool. Buy single earrings to mix-and-match or pair a quirky butterful with a bog-standard pearl. Gone are the days of the girl in the boring pearl earring.

Bar Earring, £555, Asherali Knopfer; . Top, £79, & Other Stories
Clockwise from top left: 
Yvonne Leon 18k gold and diamond bee stud earring, £450; Browns 
CA & Lou Pixie lobe-cuff earrings, £161; Matches Fashion 
Pearl piercing earring, €890.00; Delfina Delettrez 
Rebecca Minkoff Stud earrings, £25.95; Shopbop

Banish the string of pearls. Look for a modern update with grosgrain ribbon (you can even do a DIY job if needs be) or contrasting textures and stones. Be adventurous, but team with a classic shirt or plain jumper.

Above : Necklace, £169, Fenwick; 020 7629 9161. Hoop earrings, from £690, Tiffany & Co. 
Jacket, £48, Next

Clockwise from top left: 
Lanvin Perles Royales short faux pearl necklace, £565; Harvey Nichols 
Joomi Lim pearl and pyramid necklace, £240; Liberty 
Coast Iona modern pearl necklace, £19; House of Fraser 
Daisy pearl necklace; £75; Stella & Dot

Can't quite bring yourself to wearing pearl jewellery? Fear not, there are other ways of updating your look with pearls, be it hair accessories, on your clothing or small charms...
Ear cuff, £39, Layana London; earrings, £160, CA & LOU,;necklace, £380, Tessa Packard; blouse, £37.50, Phase Eight;

Clockwise from top left: 
18ct Rose Gold Clam Charm, £395; Links of London 
Miu Miu Palladium-plated, Swarovski crystal and faux pearl headband, £340; Net-a-Porter 
Maison Michel pearl headband, £300; Selfridges 
Girls' pearl bobby pin two-pack, £10.50; J Crew

Stylist Sophie Warburton
Photographer Michelle Beatty
Hair and Make Up by Camilla Hewitt using Bumble & Bumble and Bobbi Brown

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