“Pearls are always appropriate” ∽ Jackie O
Pearl earrings have become associated with the quintessential woman: beautiful, romantic, and feminine. There is no denying the allure of a lustrous pearl earring, as the Dutch painter Vermeer beautifully captured in his masterpiece ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. Associated with the Moon and Venus, the pearl is distinctly feminine and resonates with women worldwide. Browse our curated collection of pearl earrings from the best Danish, Scandinavian designers and brands across Europe.
• Learn more about wearing pearl earrings
• Pearl earring styles
• Real pearls in designer earrings
• How do I care for my pearl earrings?
Everybody's favourite earring
Pearl earrings are every woman’s favourite accessories. They are exquisite and versatile, and you can wear them anytime, anywhere. Available in pristine white, lustrous cream, and rosy hues, earrings set with pearls are elegant, refined, and classic accessories that symbolise good fortune and prosperity. That's why pearl earrings have found a place in every woman’s jewellery box.
When can you wear pearl earrings?
Pearl earrings are your go-to accessory for any event on any day. You can never go wrong with pearl earrings; wear them for a morning or evening event, during the day or at night, to work or play, for a fun get-together with pals or for a formal event such as a wedding or celebration.
Simple pearl ear studs are elegant and understated. Long pearl earrings can be great accessories for a carefree afternoon with friends or date night. More intricate designs that combine pearls with other gemstones, such as diamonds, will steal the show at a formal event.
The world of earrings set with exotic pearls
Pearl earrings come in so many different designs and styles: large and striking baroque pearls in designer statement pieces; classic pearl studs or smooth-domed mabe pearl and gold earrings; edgy ear-pod strings of fresh and saltwater pearls; pearl drop pendants with Tahitian and Akoya pearls; modern pearl ear cuffs and studs that effortlessly mimic multi-piercing looks. As a bride’s perfect choice, pearl earrings beautifully complement traditional white, champagne, and ivory coloured gowns. No wonder they have long remained on the list of best-selling jewellery.
Pearl drop earrings
Pearl drop earrings are long earrings that hang below your earlobes. Designer pearl drop earrings may feature beautiful baroque pearls or cultured freshwater pearls as drops set in gold or silver. Long pearl earrings could drop just below your earlobe and end halfway down the length of your neck.
Pearl hoop earrings
Pearl hoop earrings are circular or semicircular and fasten on your earlobes through the piercings. They are set with small or medium-sized pearls and pair well with small ear studs or huggies for a multi-pierced look. Take a look at our Hoops and Huggies Guide to learn more about these darling earrings.
Pearl ear cuffs
Pearl ear cuffs are a classic style that continues to be a trend in modern earrings in fashion. Ear cuffs are non-piercing designs set with pearls that can be clamped gently on the ear's outer edge. Ear cuffs are usually shaped like huggies, and may also have dangling chain pendants set with pearls.
Pearl earrings gold
Pearl and gold earrings have always been popular with women of all ages. Pearls symbolise purity and integrity, and gold is a well-loved valuable metal that will not tarnish or corrode. The lustre of pearls combines exquisitely with the warm glow of solid gold, making pearl and gold earrings a good investment and a pair you will treasure and pass on to future generations.
Pearl earrings are also set in solid white gold and rose gold as ear studs, drops, hoops, huggies, or cuffs. Check out our wide range of mesmerising designs in pearl and gold earrings.
Pearl earrings silver
Pearl earrings made of silver are highly sought-after by women of all ages, especially when looking for an affordable pair that combines beauty and durability. These earrings come with pearls in different sizes, shapes, and colours.
White pearls set in silver appear brighter. When buying a pair of pearl and silver earrings, be sure to check the purity of the silver used—sterling silver of 925 purity is the best silver that can be used to set pearls in earrings.
Authentic pearls in designer earrings
Genuine pearls used in jewellery are usually cultured and take their names from exotic places of origin; Japanese Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, and freshwater pearls are beautiful pearls in designer earrings.
Real pearls also come in various natural pastel hues, primarily white and cream, but they can also occur in gold, black, grey, and silver and freshwater pearls in pink and green overtones.
When pearl shapes define them, pearls are called round, near-round, button, or drop. Irregular-shaped pearls in jewellery are called baroque, rosebud, mabe, etc.
Mother of pearl earrings
Mother of pearl is the nacre-coated inner lining of a mollusc shell. This iridescent pearly shell lining is the cradle of natural and cultured pearls. The reflection of light on the mother of pearl gives it its radiance and beauty.
Beautiful pearl jewellery like mother of pearl earrings in unique designs is crafted with these shells. Mother of pearl earrings are less expensive than pearl earrings.
Black pearl earrings with delectable Tahitian pearls
Black pearl earrings are made with spectacular Tahitian pearls from the coasts of Tahiti and, sometimes, French Polynesia. Most "black" Tahitian pearls are not black but are instead silver, charcoal, or many other colours, with the dominant colour being green.
Jet-black pearls are among the most beautiful pearls globally and are extremely rare. The dramatic dark colours of Tahitian pearls are perfect for designer statement earrings.
Freshwater pearl earrings
Freshwater pearls are cultivated in mussels, while pearls grow in oysters. They are not as round, lustrous and shiny as saltwater pearls. As freshwater pearls are more common and vary in shape, they are less expensive and are used widely in spectacular designer earring creations.
These pearls come in soft pastel shades and can be set in silver or white, rose, and yellow gold. Freshwater pearl earrings are favoured fashion accessories.
Japanese Akoya pearl earrings
Perfectly formed cultured Akoya Pearls from the Japanese Pinctada Fucata oysters are the most abundant type of saltwater pearls on the market today. The remarkable consistency in their roundness and high gem quality make these classic pearls perfect for setting in elegant and beautiful designer pearl earrings. Akoya pearl earrings are available as clip-on earrings and as earrings for pierced ears.
Baroque pearl earrings
Baroque pearl earrings are a big draw with the modern woman who loves unique designs and wears her confidence with style. Baroque pearls are mostly large freshwater pearls with unusual and irregular shapes. Baroque pearl earrings come in innovative designs that incorporate near-matching baroque pearls to make a pair.
Care for your pearl earrings
Real pearls are soft organic gems that tend to absorb what they come in contact with, and are easily damaged by rough use. Chemicals in perspiration, perfumes, lotions, hairspray or make-up can damage your precious pearl earrings.
We recommend that you show a little tender love and care with your favourite pearl earrings.
• Wear your pearl earrings after you have completed your make-up routine.
• Take them off before you remove your make-up, shower or play sports.
• Wipe your pearl earrings with a soft cloth to remove oil build-up and traces of make-up or perspiration.
• Allow them to dry completely before putting them away in special jewellery pouches or boxes to avoid scratches and damage from friction with other jewellery.
Browse our website for gorgeous, authentic designer pearl earrings in different styles, sizes, and settings. If you are looking for pearl earrings for yourself or anyone else and wondering how to choose the best pair, you will find our Earring Size Guide very useful—it has some pointers to help you choose the right style and size of pearl earrings.