contemporary pearls

While pearls have always fascinated me, the single strand of graduated pearls always made me feel a little stuffy and not quite myself .

But when I started to design jewelry – for whatever reason- I returned to pearls.  These past years I have enjoyed stretching the limits and context into which pearls are placed –  whether alongside rubber, fabric, chain or wood.  I love taking pearls from somewhere so stepped in tradition, to a place that is very contemporary and modern.

Here are some other yummy designers that have worked with pearls in unusual ways.  And be sure to make it to the bottom – Melanie Georgacopoulos’s  carved pearl necklace is not to miss!

Designers clockwise from top (images their own): bangle – lia de gregorio; earrings – miriam haskall; earrings – maya bijioux; necklace – bibi van der velden; earrings – lanvin; necklace – melanie georgacopoulos; necklace – neiman marcus; bracelet – jordan alexander; ring – thakoon for tasaki

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