25 pearl jewellery pieces to add a touch of luxe to any outfit

Once considered prim or old-fashioned, pearls are back in fashion in a big way. We’re not talking the clutching kind of strings of pearls here, either – far from it, 2020’s pearl jewellery has undergone a thoroughly modern remake and is now the easiest way to inject a bit of luxe femininity to any outfit.

Not very inspired by your jeans and tee combo? A pair of gold hoops with pearl pendants will elevate the plainest of outfits from basic to chic in seconds. Meanwhile, this season’s pearls look just as stylish with dressier outfits, too – just keep them on the minimal side to avoid looking too OTT.

pearl jewellery
Astrid & Miyu

Note, while we’re mostly taking about the freshwater pearl-style here (it doesn’t even matter if they’re real or fake, no one will really know or care – these days it’s so much more about how you wear things than how much they cost), there is still a place for the perfectly polished, spherical style, which work best encrusted onto a hair slide or hairband. Just bear in mind that the freshwater style is more fashion-forward while the polished, rounded style will give more of a traditionally ‘girly’ look, so it all depends on what you’re after.

If gold tends to be your metal of choice, you’re in luck as you’ll find most pearl-ridden jewellery to be gold-coloured this season – the combo gives more of a nostalgic vibe than silver does. However, some silver pearl pieces do exist and they boast a lovely modern feel instead.

Even better, you don’t have to fork out an arm and a leg to get some pearls in your life – most high street brands currently boast a fantastic range of faux pearl jewellery pieces at affordable prices.

Keep scrolling for our edit of 14 of the most stylish pearl jewellery pieces to add to your jewellery stand asap.

The pearl jewellery pieces that will luxe up any outfit

Accessorize pearl earrings

Gold-Plated Star Baroque Pearl Earrings, £6 (was £20), Accessorize

Small Pearl Drop Hoop Earrings, £5, Topshop

Rope & Pearl Pendant Necklace, £89, Astrid & Miyu

Edge of Ember pearl earrings

Ocean Shell Earrings, £65, Edge of Ember

Boohoo hair clip

Pearl Oversized Hair Clip, £3 (was £6), Boohoo


Anthropologie necklace

Mother of Pearl Signet Ring, £30.95, Seol + Gold

pearl hair tie

Oliver Bonas bangle

Almeta Freshwater Pearl & Bar Gold Plated Bangle, £42, Oliver Bonas

Zara pearl hoops

Natural Pearl Hoop Earrings, £12.99, Zara

& Other Stories earrings

Mismatch Pearl Star Hoop Earrings, £23, & Other Stories

pearl initial pendants

pearl hairband

Liars & Lovers Asymmetric Headband in Pearl, £12.50, ASOS

Orelia pearl bracelet

Pearl & Bead T-bar Bracelet, £18, Orelia

Chain Waterfall Necklace, £15.99, Mango

Chan Luu earrings

Chan Luu Gold-Plated Pearl Earrings, £44 (was £110), NET-A-PORTER

Pearly Drop Huggie Hoop Earrings, £15, Accessorize

Believer Ear Jacket in Yellow Gold, £120, Olivia & Pearl

Single Pearl Satellite Necklace, £18, Orelia

Pinky Pearl Half Eternity Yellow Gold Vermeil, £176, Otiumberg

Organic Pearl Open Hoop Earrings, £23, & Other Stories

Venus Pearl Hoop Earrings, £20 (was £40), Scream Pretty

Mother of Pearl Sculptural Earrings, £36, Charles & Keith

Pearl Hoop Earrings, £3.75 (was £7.50), Topshop