3. Pearls

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For the sec­ond sea­son in a row, pearls are break­ing free from the con­fines of our grand­moth­ers’ jew­ellery boxes and mak­ing a bee­line for our ears, necks and wrists. Although the sin­gle strand worn around the neck is still a time-hon­oured clas­sic, de­sign­ers are adding a mod­ern twist to this o - un­der­rated gem­stone. Ear­ring studs and sin­gle- and triple­stone rings from de­sign­ers such as Dior of­fer an un­der­stated take on the pearl – per­fect for those not quite ready to take the plunge. Mean­while, Lanvin has em­braced the “go big or go home” mantra, as seen at this sea­son’s Paris Fash­ion Week. While designer Al­ber El­baz chose smaller pearls as a trim for the brand’s ready-towear ap­parel, larger-than-life pearls were used as jew­ellery fo­cal points. We also adore the Amer­i­can-Dutch designer Bibi van der Velden’s pearl­based pieces. Her de­ci­sion to in­cor­po­rate a sin­gle pearl into a snake-shaped ring (pic­tured) made from 40,000-year-old woolly mam­moth tusk proves that there are al­ways new bound­aries to be pushed in the world of fash­ion.

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