We only recommend things we love, however we might earn a small commission if you choose to buy something.

Watches + Jewellery

Queen of the jewels

From conservative status symbol to infinitely cool – today’s pearls hold their value in both jewellery boxes and the jewellery world. These age-old beauties are the ultimate in resilience

19.10.2019

Save
Share the story
Link copied

PHOTOGRAPHER I JOSEPH MOLINES

STYLING I NATALIE HARTLEY

hair pin, Maria Black £246

Until fairly recently, pearls had developed a reputation for being conservative. Now, thanks to modern iterations, the tide (no pun intended) is changing. Modern pearls are all about natural shape – they’re raw and asymmetric, individual and redefined. And jewellery designer Anissa Kermiche is leading the way.

“I’ve been fascinated with pearls from a very young age, because of my mother – she always experimented with them to accessorise both classic and casual outfits," explains Kermiche. "My mother would wear a classic set of pearl stud earrings and necklace, then pair with pieces of gold jewellery. This combination still influences me today and inspired me to create a fine collection dedicated to the classic pearl, Rondeur. I think, first of all, about a unique way that we can work or set the pearl and then the other materials follow. The pearl is always the centrepiece. In my opinion, pearls go with everything and every woman can wear pearls, no matter what her age.”


Woman pearl earrings

T-SHIRT jil sander £180, earring apple and figs £280

ADVERTISEMENT. CONTINUE READING BELOW

Woman pearl braids
Women pearl bracelet
Women Jil Sander T-shirt
Pearl Sandals Simeon Rocha
Women Jil Sander T-shirt
Woman pearl braid Jil Sander

T-SHIRT jil sander £180, earring white bird €1400

With regard to size, the bigger the better. The more perfectly round the pearl is, the higher the value. ‘Baroque’ is the term used to describe pearls that are distorted in shape. They’re largely worthless, but often seen as more interesting from a design perspective.

You might argue that diving for pearls could be seen as a shortcut to investing in pearls as your eliminating the middleman. Then again, it’s probably easier and safer all round to head to the below…

BRANDS TO BUY FROM

SHOP THIS

HAIR I MAKI TANAKA

MAKEUP I NATSUMI NARITA

LIGHTING ASSISTANT I BEN COOPER

DIGI OPERATOR I MEHRAN PAKGOHAR

PRODUCER I SIMONE SCHOFER

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR I NOOT COATES

MODELS I AMAL TOBI @ M+P

Words I Naomi Barling 

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY I GETTY IMAGES

Share the story
Link copied
Explore more

We Recommend:

Link copied