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Pearl jewellery continues to evolve far beyond the demure classic studs and simple strands of yore. Just the thing for turning heads this party season

23 December 2021

Kiki McDonough Isla earrings

Forget all associations with the prim, well-mannered pearls of yore: this season’s pearl jewellery is here to party.

Indeed, as pearls continue to take a starring role on the ears, wrists, necks and fingers of the style set, designers are finding ever-more innovative ways to incorporate the seductive sheen of pearls into their collections.

At Chanel, you’ll find them set alongside diamond stars as part of a dramatic constellation of an ear cuff that demands a side-swept hair-do to show it off. At Cassandra Goad, who uses pearls as an integral part of her collections, there is a gob-stopper of a baroque pearl hung from a fantastically chunky belcher chain.

The remarkable pearl tassels at Anabela Chan are almost begging to go out dancing, while Dior’s architectural ‘Sea Garden’ necklace looks just as striking under a crisp collar as it does on bare skin.

Here, we’ve selected the best pieces for the party season. Take note: these are not your granny’s pearls.

Kiki McDonough Isla earrings, £1,400
Cassandra Goad Iris baroque pearl pendant, £1,590
Annoushka 18ct yellow gold and diamond Lovebirds Disco Ball ring with freshwater pearl and aquamarine, £10,900
Chanel Fine Jewellery Comète pearl ear cuff in 18K white gold, diamonds, cultured pearls, £8,200 
Anabela Chan Lily of the Valley earrings, £1,690
Kenneth Jay Lane faux pearl-embellished gold-tone necklace, £135 at Harvey Nichols
Dior Sea Garden necklace, £1,450
Rosantica pearl-embellished gold-tone headband, £330 at Harvey Nichols

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