A rich cashmere sweater, a buttery leather pencil skirt, a pair of expertly cut trousers… some pieces of fashion iconography are in a league all of their own. Timeless, elegant, and incredibly versatile, items of such ilk are designed to transcend the seasons and to be loved and worn for a lifetime. But what of fine jewellery? Diamonds are forever, this we know, but there's another precious gem that rivals sparkly stones with its everlasting appeal.
The oldest known gem, pearls are synonymous with classic style. Before the introduction of high-end cultured pearls—those created by experts under meticulous conditions—the pearl was considered rarer than the diamond, making it all the more covetable. And in fashion circles, they're perhaps even more adored than glitzy rocks.
Audrey Hepburn wore them by way of a layered choker in her iconic role of Holly Golightly, while Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel piled stings atop one another to create a look all her own. Princess Diana frequently adorned her ears with pearl drop earrings, while Marilyn Monroe nibbled gently on a strand in one of her most famous photoshoots. Today, pearls are an integral part of the enviable A-list uniform, with everyone from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Harry Styles showcasing them in a myriad of directional ways.
Much like the clothing counterparts we've already listed, there's a power in the pearl's understatedness. It doesn't need to twinkle to catch your attention—it quietly commands it. And this is precisely what we found when we saw the latest collection from Olivia & Pearl.
Born to reinvent the pearl and redefine what it means to wear pearls today, Olivia & Pearl's beautiful and sustainably made pieces are inspired by women who break the rules, sartorially or otherwise. using only the highest quality pearls, and set in gold and silver, this is jewellery you'll love and treasure for a lifetime. And seeing as it's June, which just so happens to be the month of the pearl, we couldn't think of a better time to introduce you to the brand and its impressive array of pearl-adorned jewellery.
Although Olivia & Pearl has several collections to choose from, our favourite is its Once Upon a Pearl edit. Just like you, every pearl is different and tells its own unique story, and at Olivia & Pearl, you're encouraged to write your own stylish narrative. From classic chains to pretty charms, which you can use to customise your creations, pieces from its Once Upon a Pearl collection are versatile and can be worn in countless ways. Make like a true fashion insider and create a curated-ear look using Olivia & Pearl's huggies, studs, and hoops, or try layering pearl necklaces to create a standout stack to elevate your basic tops and shirts. The options are truly endless.
Olivia & Pearl is passionate about marine conservation and has recently committed to donating 2% of all its sales to the Barbados Sea Turtle Project, which protects endangered sea turtles by tracking and preserving turtle nesting sites across the idyllic beaches of Barbados. So when you shop with Olivia & Pearl, you can do so knowing that you'll get something beautiful for yourself, and in return, you'll be doing something good for the planet, too.
Whether you prefer our pearls baroque or round, natural or cultured, placed on chunky links or delicate chains, we guarantee Olivia & Pearl has a piece to suit you. Scroll below to see our edit of the best Olivia & Pearl jewellery, and start planning your outfits around your favourite pieces accordingly.
SHOP OUR OLIVIA & PEARL EDIT
Tick off two major jewellery trends in one with this chunky chain necklace complete with pretty pearl charms.
Olivia & Pearl Trio Bar Pearl Stud Earrings (£80)
These earrings are subtle enough to be worn with statement necklaces (much like the one above).
Olivia & Pearl Power Pearl Ring Duo Stack (£140)
Style these rings on the same finger for a showstopping look.
Olivia & Pearl Large Hoop and Baroque Pearl Charm Gold Earring Set (£270)
The only way gold hoops can be approved upon? With baroque pearls, of course.
Olivia & Pearl Power Pearl Pendant in 18ct Rose Gold (£175)
This pendant will make for the perfect layering necklace.
Olivia & Pearl Midi Hoop and Tahitian Pearl Charm Silver Earring Set (£340)
We love the combination of Tahitian pearls with silver. Gorgeous.
Olivia & Pearl Keshi Choker Pearlescent (£275)
This might just be the coolest pearl necklace we've ever seen.
Olivia & Pearl Oh So Fine Trio Necklace (£165)
This would make for the ideal gift for someone special.
Olivia & Pearl Link Charm Bracelet and Baroque Pearl Charm Set (£295)
This chain-link bracelet complete with baroque pearl is at the top of our wish list right now.
Olivia & Pearl Oh So Fine Mini Hoop Earring Vermeil (£70)
Simple but so effective, wear these earrings with a relaxed updo for instant chic.
Olivia & Pearl Baroque Pearl Charm (£70)
Add this charm to your existing jewellery or use to to further enhance a new piece from Olivia & Pearl.
Olivia & Pearl Stellar Drop Earrings (£130)
The ideal accompaniment to your wedding-guest dresses.
Olivia & Pearl Signature Cuff Bangle in Yellow Gold (£175)
Bangles are set to make a big comeback this summer. We predict this is pearl-decorated style will fly.
Olivia & Pearl Tiny Circle Pearl Charm (£30)
This pearl charm will look luxe with gold earrings sitting alongside it.
Olivia & Pearl Tiny Pearl Huggie Earring (£50)
If you're a fan of the curated ear look, you need this huggie in your earring collection.
Olivia & Pearl Graduated Pearl Necklace (£350)
Give this classic string of pearls a high-fashion spin by pairing it with a sleek racer-back vest and wide-leg trousers.
Olivia & Pearl Oh So Fine Cluster Hoop Earring Vermeil (£155)
Another elevated take on classic hoop earrings.
Olivia & Pearl Trio Pearl Stud Earrings (£80)
Pearl studs get a modern-day update thanks to these clusters.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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