Seven Pearl Jewelry Trends for 2022: The Pearl Revolution Continues

Pearl Eyes by Dior - Resort 2022 Show

2021 saw a massive rise of pearl jewelry trends and 2022 is not only expanding on it but taking it to a whole different level!  The pearl revolution is spreading at the speed of light and the world is taking notice.  And while many pearl jewelry trends will be popular in the year to come, there are some that stand out as they are repeatedly featured in all fashion mediums.  But before we jump into what seven pearl jewelry trends for 2022 are causing a sensation, let’s take a quick look at who’s in on the pearl game and why it’s attracting so much attention.

Where are Pearl Jewelry Trends Coming From?

So, who exactly has been on this pearl jewelry euphoria?  Well – everyone! The entire world is raving about pearls and it all started on runways.

Last year’s runways lifted pearl jewelry to a pedestal.  Similarly, Fall/Winter 2021-2022 and Spring/Summer 2022 Fashion Weeks have successfully paraded pearls as the main fashion statement giving us a glimpse of what’s to come.  And what’s coming is a pearl storm.  It didn’t take long for fashion magazines to pick up on it, bloggers to write about it, nor celebrities to flaunt it.  Mary Claire, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Glowsy, and Bazar are leading the way in featuring pearl jewelry trends in fashion print.  Dior caused an uproar with his Pearl Eyes Resort 2022 Show as part of his Cruise Collection proving that pearls are the industry’s latest and the greatest.  But he’s not alone.  Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, and Simone Rocha are just some in the pool of designer names obsessing over pearls.  This might have you wondering why pearls?

Peal Jewelry (from left to right) Dolce & Gabbana, Alice + Olivia, Chanel

Peal jewelry trends (from left to right) Dolce & Gabbana, Alice + Olivia, Chanel

 

Why is Pearl Jewelry Such a Big Hit?

“Are diamonds really a girl’s best friend?” is the latest doubt Marie Claire has been trying to resolve.  And with pearls disrupting the jewelry industry, it’s easy to see why.  So, what is it about pearls that makes them special?

Apart from their legendary beauty and effortless elegance, pearls have that je ne se quoi quality about them.  You can’t put a finger on it, but they’re just different.  They are the only gem to come out of a living creature.  Like humans that derive their beauty from scars, the oysters’ injuries give life to beautiful lustrous pearls.  But apart from this, there are also practical reasons.

Chanel pearl jewelry Spring/Summer 2022 runnway

Chanel pearl jewelry Spring/Summer 2022 runway

 

The reason why pearl jewelry has become the darling of countless fashion designers is because of their variety, versatility, and affordability. With so many choices in terms of color, shape, and size, pearls have gained their reputation as one of the most diverse gems.  Likewise, their versatility is spectacular.  Pearls are adaptable to any look you’d like to create and can tap into their wide range of style dept to assimilate to any occasion.  Whether you’re going for bold, edgy, or elegant, or anything in between, pearls are there for the win.  And, finally, as expensive as they can be, there are still affordable options with the cultured pearl industry.  Pearl farming has made pearl jewelry budget-friendly and designers have shifted from an exclusive to inclusive mindset.  And, as if all this was not enough, pearls are also environmentally friendly and ethically sourced.

So, having it all down, we can now take a look at what seven pearl jewelry trends will rule in 2022.

Seven Pearl Jewelry Trends for 2022

1. Statement Pearl Chokers

There aren’t many things more glamorous than statement pearl chokers and 2022’s in on a secret.  They can be thick or thin, multi or single string, with added details or pendants, but they’re never overlooked.  What will be particularly popular in the following year are statement pearl chokers with either catchy pendants or some sort of add-ons to break the all-around pearl look.

Gigi Hadid wearing a stunning pearl choker

Gigi Hadid in a dramatic pearl choker

 

Dua Lipa wearing Vivienne Westwood Brass Relief Choker at the Brit Awards 2021

Dua Lipa wearing Vivienne Westwood Brass Relief Choker at the Brit Awards 2021

 

2. Pearl Hoops

Hoop earrings are a statement in itself, but pearl hoops are a whole different ball game.  Combining symbolic hoops with elegant pearls creates a romantic and seductive look.  Pearls can be dangly or centered, round or baroque, but they are sure to add a sparkle.

Sophie Blake NY for Dur Doux

Sophie Blake NY for Dur Doux

 

Pearl hoop earrings by Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer 2022

Pearl hoop earrings by Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer 2022

 

3. Pearl Drop Earrings

Pear drop earrings are one of the jewelry box essentials, but reinventing their design and style is what 2022 is all about.  A big focus is placed on creativity and deviation from the traditional look.  No particular attention is given to length, so there is a variety to dab into.  The fashion editorials are featuring elegant pearl drops as much as the edgy ones, and it’s up to you to find your favorites.

Pearl Drop Earrings for 2022

Pearl drop earrings Fall/Winter 2021-2022

 

Chanel pearl drop earrings Spring 2022

Chanel pearl drop earrings Spring 2022

 

4. Pearls Mixed With Metals

Pearls by themselves are a treat but pearls mixed with silver, gold, brass, or any other metal make for a modern and playful look.  There is so much to experiment with.  No matter if you are going for bracelets, necklaces, or earrings, there is a pool of opportunities.  Where you place pearls, how many of them, what shape, etc. will dictate the look you’re trying to create.

Pearls mixes with metals by Ulla Johnson

Pearls mixed with metals by Ulla Johnson

 

Pearls on gold earrings by Carolina Herrera

Pearls on gold earrings by Carolina Herrera

 

5. Pearl Jewelry Layering

Jewelry layering is no new thing, but in 2022 the concept is focusing on layering not only minimalist jewelry pieces as it’s usually the case, but big, bold, and chunky pearl pieces as well.  What’s more, layering both dainty and bulky pearl jewelry is also encouraged.  I guess 2022 is trying to tell us there are no rules to stick to when it comes to layering.  It’s up to your style and preference, and we here at Foxy Pearl are a big fan of that.

Piling on pearls - Danielle Frankel

Piling on pearls – Danielle Frankel

 

Layering chunky pearls

Layering chunky pearls

 

6. Pearl Accessories

As we’ve seen with Dior’s Cruise Collection featuring the notorious pearl eyes, pearls are expanding beyond jewelry realms and capturing other fashion areas.  Therefore, one of the biggest trends in 2022 will certainly be pearl accessories.  Pearl hair accessories will be at the forefront with pearl headbands, clips, bows, and tiaras even, but they will certainly not be the only ones.  Expect to see purses with pearl details, shoes, clothes, eyewear, and pearl-inspired makeup even.

Pearl hair accessories Fall/Winter 2021-2022 (from left to right): Vivetta, Shrimps, Simone Rocha

Pearl hair accessories Fall/Winter 2021-2022 (from left to right): Vivetta, Shrimps, Simone Rocha

 

Pearl bag by Chanel Spring/Summer 2022

Pearl bag by Chanel Spring/Summer 2022

 

Gucci 2022 cat eye sunglasses with pearls

Gucci 2022 cat eye sunglasses with pearls

 

7. Men Wearing Pearls

This trend has been long in the making but in 2022 mean wearing pearl jewelry is finally coming full circle.  More and more men are rocking pearls on runways and outside the fashion arena and 2022 is taking full notice.  A great example of this is Joc Pederson of the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball (MLB) team.  Pederson proudly showcased pearl necklace during the MLB World Series Finals this fall cementing the infamous Jackie Kennedy’s statement that “pearls are always appropriate”.  And while he is the first baseball player to ever wear pearls, he is not the only man to do so.

Joc Pederson wearing pearl necklace

Joc Pederson wearing pearl necklace

 

Pearl necklace for men by Wales Bonner

Pearl necklace for men by Wales Bonner

 

Conclusion

When it’s all said and done, it is clear that pearls are the future as much as they are present.  Pearl comeback is like a fire that’s catching fast and spreading onto every corner of the fashion world.  And how wouldn’t it?  Pearls are no longer appropriate for every occasion, but also every gender.  Furthermore, despite being inclusive, pearls remain authentic and personal and that’s hard to beat.

If you enjoyed the read, please leave us a comment.  Also, feel free to share your favorite pearl jewelry trends or thoughts on pearls in general.

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Ileana

Ileana

Hi! I am Ileana Djujic, a jewelry designer, blogger, and founder of Foxy Pearl Jewelry. We create distinct timeless jewels and inform on various industry topics. Apart from jewelry, I am equally passionate about traveling, music, books, reading, writing, running, and chocolate. Thanks for stopping by and connecting with us.
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