Pearl Fashion: The Year Of The Pearl

The first clue that 2010 is the year for pearls was when Lady Gaga appeared literally encrusted in pearls at amfAR in February. Future-princess Kate Middleton made pearl news after her dog ate the pearl studs Prince William gave her for her birthday, and then Carey Mulligan turned heads wearing a pearl-collared, pearl-embellished dress at Cannes.

Now pearls are in the spotlight again, with Jackie O’s iconic pearl strands headlining buzz about “The Kennedys,” an upcoming miniseries from the History Channel. The stylish First Lady’s double- and triple-strands are rushing back into favor thanks to Katie Holmes’ pearl-bedecked performance as Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy.

Fortunately, nowadays you don’t need a Hollywood budget to wear the latest pearl designs.

With more than their share of versatility, pearls are also gaining their share of designer style, showing up in unexpected jewelry designs. Ranging from the timeless, creamy white classics everyone knows and loves–like Jackie O’s legendary triple strand–to cutting-edge, of-the-moment styles in a rainbow of colors or paired with chains, diamonds, and other gemstones.