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.