Trend: Unusual pearl jewellery designs

During the last few years pearls have seen a true resurgence in popularity, due to a greater understanding as to the variety and types of minerals available from the bottom of the sea. Unconventional specimens such as baroque pearls have gone from being undesirable and misunderstood, to being appreciated for their abstract and unusual shapes within contemporary jewellery. The more traditional types of pearls have not been left unnoticed, and regularly get featured in some truly unique an daring designs.

Pearl jewellery was once considered the traditional staple of older women, where strings of them were made into necklaces of a monotonous colour, size, shape and design. In large part, the re-emergence of pearls as feature components in fine jewellery is down to celebrities and influential figures such as Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton wearing them in abundance.

Katerina Perez in Assael baroque pearl and diamond earrings and ring

Consider too, the shift in perception which has led to many jewellery aficionados wearing pieces with gemstones which were traditionally perceived as semi-precious. With times changing, they are now being used more and more because of the beauty of their appearance rather than the inherent financial value, and pearls have fallen to the same fate, due to the undeniable attraction of their lustre.

Assael 'Bubbles' collection rings and necklace by Sean Gilson with Tahitian pearls and coral

Pearls are a material which work with abstract and unexpected jewellery forms, as they provide a direct contrast to the glitter and clarity of diamonds, the vivid saturation of colour in precious gemstones, and the cold reflection of precious metal. Their matte lustre cannot be emulated, and as a result both the very best quality and the most unusual pearls have been pulled to the fashion fore for their moment in the spotlight!

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