Once resigned to the jewelry boxes of our mothers and grandmothers, pearls come in every form these days and are found on style icons as varied as Rihanna and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton. From thoroughly modern earring designs with pearl embellishments to faded jeans studded with the ladylike adornments, there's a way for any type of wardrobe to accommodate these little white orbs.
We won't soon forget the 6,000 pearls that made up Lupita Nyong’o’s custom Calvin Klein gown at the 2015 Oscars, and though they weren’t real there's no doubt that they were beautiful! Meanwhile, while scooping up a 'Style Icon' award in Beverly Hills, Gwen Stefani gave the baubles a rocker edge on her embellished, Alexandre Vauthier sweater. The Duchess of Cambridge looked regal, as per usual, donning pearl drop earrings for an official engagement.
One might thing Rihanna is an unlikely candidate for pearls, with her edgy aesthetic, but the singer kept her look flirty and playful with an oversized string of pearls and babydoll dress. Reese Witherspoon picked up an award for Wild at the Palm Springs International Film Festival while single-handedly updating the LBD to new heights courtesy of pearl studs. Making her back the talking point at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley added drama with pretty pearl embellishments.
Oversized and architectural or stacked and wrapped – pearls have clearly gotten a dose of cool-girl edge that’s anything but traditional. Click the images above to check out our top picks for pearly pieces that are sure to make a statement!