Why Pearlcore Continues To Dominate Our Jewellery Boxes In 2023
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Why Pearlcore Continues To Dominate Our Jewellery Boxes In 2023

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Pearlcore was one of the biggest trends of 2022, taking the runway, high street and our wardrobes by storm. As genderless fashion  flourishes in 2023, pearly staples are set to be more popular than ever. As Grace Kelly once said, ‘the pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens’. 

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Trending for 2023: Pearlcore

According to Pinterest, in 2022 ‘people of all ages embraced iridescent accents in their homes, in their jewellery boxes and even as nail art. Pearl-themed parties were on the rise, too, as people opted for pearly gowns and wedding décor.’

But what exactly makes pearls so special? Considered a symbol of perfection, long life and fertility, the pearl has long been considered a valuable gemstone. Found buried in oyster shells, pearls are the hidden treasures of the sea. Like most precious gems, you have to dig deep to find them – and the result is certainly worth the effort.


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Online searches for pearl dresses tripled in 2021, while searches for pearl-themed parties and pearl rings (perfect for weddings) both doubled. An interest in men’s jewellery, in particular pearl necklaces, also soared, with searches increasing seven-fold.

Some of the world’s most acclaimed designers are already ahead of the curve when it comes to embracing all things pearly. Simone Rocha, the Irish designer known for her whimsically dreamy collections, never shies away from pearls when it comes to crafting her signature look. Her recent SS23 collection was testament to this, showcasing Rocha’s love of pearl accessories and iridescent fabrics.

Models walking down catwalk

Simone Rocha SS23 (c) Ben Broomfield

Celebrities have also been a key driving force in the trend, with the likes of Kate Middleton, Harry Styles, Griff and Adele all incorporating a statement pearl or two into their wardrobes. In Harry’s case, Pearlcore has also presented an opportunity to blend the boundaries between masculine and feminine fashion.

Harry Styles in a black shirt wearing a pearl earring, at the MET Gala 2019

(c) Instagram, @themetgalaofficial

Want to get involved with the Pearlcore trend? As always, keep the planet in mind when shopping. Re-wearing old clothes is the best way to be sustainable, but if you can’t avoid it then shop consciously at responsible retailers, as well as rental and resale sites.

Pearly Picks For 2023

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Gold bracelet

Bibi Van Der Velden

Rock Pool Bracelet, £87,066


Pearl necklace

A Sinner In Pearls

Rhinestone & Freshwater Pearl Necklace, £160


Gold and pearl earrings


Fragment of Light Earrings, £350


Floral ring

David Morris

Miss Daisy Akoya Pearl Ring, £14,500


Pearl ear cuff

Akansha Sethi

Ear Cuffs, £1,750 each


Gold earcuff


Double Pearl Ear Cuff, £110


Bubble earrings

Yoko London

Bubble Earrings, £POA


Pearl beaded necklace

Melanie Georgacopoulos

Twist Necklace, $5,320


Layered pearl necklace


Danger Fang Necklace, £26,600


Pearl and gold jewellery


Akoya Pearl Earrings, £2,400


Pearl necklace

Sandy Leong x Gemfields

Lariat Necklace, $6,300


Pearl ring

Tiffany & Co.

Schlumberger Inverted Petals Ring, £POA


Pearl drop earrings with purple stones

Kiki McDonough

Pearl Drops with Lavender Amethyst and Diamonds in White Gold, £1,600


Pearl-covered heels

Jimmy Choo

Sacora 100 White Satin Sandals with All Over Pearls, £1,495


Pearl and crystal embellished beret

Michel Millinery

Pearl and Crystal Encrusted Beret, rent from £8 per day or buy secondhand for £145


Vivienne Westwood Three Row Pearl Bas Relief Choker

Vivienne Westwood

Three Row Pearl Bas Relief Choker, £400


Cream satin heels with pearl details


Chanel Cream Satin Heel with Pearl Detail (Size 37), £380


Olivia & Pearl

Olivia & Pearl

Keshi Choker Necklace in Pink, £225


Heart earrings with pearls


Milagros Pearl-Embellished 18kt Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings, £95


Monica Vinader Alta Pearl Necklace Set

Monica Vinader

Alta Pearl Necklace Set, £210


Woman in floral shirt with pearl shawl

Simone Rocha

Crystal-Embellished Faux Pearl Scarf, £1,195


Missoma Harris Reed In Good Hands Bracelet

Missoma x Harris Reed

In Good Hands Bracelet, £98


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