First, there was seashell jewelry. Then, there were pearl hair clips—and, of course, what was probably the most photographed headband of all time. These trends became inescapable, in the age of endless scrolling through Instagram and the near-constant stream of street-style inspiration. And now, it’s evolved into its next form, right in time for fall.
Whereas “pearl jewelry” might evoke super-polished, glammed-up images of Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly, the modern interpretation isn’t so prim-and-proper. There are more natural shapes, a variety of colors to choose from, and tons of interesting metal work that add a sculptural element to the accessories. And celebrities have been loving it, giving the pearl jewelry revival the stamp of approval any trend needs to really take off: Zendaya wore pearl hoops from Baublebar to the Teen Choice Awards; Gigi Hadid has been photographed time and time again in Adornmonde’s pearl earrings; Ashley Graham loves Donni’s layered pearl pendants.
So, if you’re looking to spruce up your fall wardrobe with a lil’ something special, consider adding some pearl jewelry. Here are some of our favorite takes on the trend.