The pearl has had a serious wardrobe update. No more simple studs or strands the modern pearl is minimalist and with graphic lines. I've picked some of my favourite and the most unusual pieces available at the moment from Sophie Billie Brahe, Melanie Georgacopoulos to River Island.
This is one of my favourite pieces in the edit. There is still the strong elegance of the pearls due to the simple line of pearls. The pearls are from Akoya oysters which produce near-perfect round cultured pearls.
This cuff is a simple but beautiful piece to instantly be on trend. I love that the pearls are in the straight line, but the cuff delicately fitted to the curve of your wrist. For £8.00, this is a steal that will get you on trend and ready for that Friday night out.
This is one of the most unusual pieces in our trend edit. It has all the statement of a pearl cocktail ring but with the unusual perspex it instantly is transformed into a structural architectural piece. We also love the bolt running through the pearl and the feminine Swarovski elements on the bolts.
Open Chokers are all the rage at the moment. There is something a little bit more feminine about them as they draw attention to the décolletage. This choker by Ryan Storer is particularly beautiful with the rose gold plating and Swarovski elements. For high impact where with a collared shirt or blouse to the office.
Melanie Georgacoploulos has been re-defining pearl jewellery with her playful and luxurious pieces. I've picked this ring out as it is a contrast to the earlier pearl ring by Caterina Zangrando. I love that the caged diamond also houses a collection of little pearls to contrast the beautiful large pearl.
This earring from Sophie Bille Brahe is what I think of when someone mentions modern pearls. Simple, sleek. elegant and so different from the traditional pearl strand. The balance in this piece give it all the grace and poise of something more traditional but keeps it looking edgy and modern.
Double and open rings are the current modern trend and this ring embodies all of the above. I love the curves give this ring a soft look despite the more striking structure.
These earrings make me think of the Sophie Bille Brahe but curled round into a dainty thin hoop. The trick with this trend is to have pieces with contrasting parts, here we have the thin hoop and the statement feature pearl. I tend to think of hoop earrings as an evening piece, but you could easily rock these in the day as the hoop is so subtle. I would pair these with a statement cocktail ring for the evening.
One of the more unusual pieces in our trend edit. I always say that the mark of high-value jewellery is what you see when you look at the back and this ring says it all. In this sense, I love that this ring gives all the pleasure to the wearer. People will be forever catching a glimpse of the pearls and asking for a closer look.
When I saw this ear cuff it automatically made the cut for out architectural pearls edit. Like the Ryan Storer ring the curves and anatomical look give it a soft appearance but the piece itself is modern and also very different to most other ear cuffs available at the moment.
Although the stones here are technically lapis lazuli this piece deserves a slot in our architectural pearls edit. When you wear this ring the lapis stones sit vertically down your hand and the striking colour will catch the eye of any passer-by. This is definitely a piece for the evening and I would leave my wrists bear and re-focus attention by wearing dark pearl studs. You can check out our pearl earring edit here as part of our series Jewellery Every Woman Should Own.