Jewels of the Sea
Classic pearls take a modern tack with exquisite gem pairings, striking silhouettes, and bombshell hues.
→ Baroque pearls boast an organic, irregular shape (a style highly prized by Renaissanceera jewelers). 1. Blonde Fade Multicolor South Sea Pearl Strand Necklace by Mastoloni, $5,500; mastoloni.com. 2. Virgin Gold and Cultured Pearl Spiral Earclips by Belperron, $15,500; belperron.com. 3. Swirl Tahitian Pearl Ring by Margot Mckinney, $22,500; margotmckinney.com. 4. Twig Hinged Bypass with Tahitian Pearls by K. Brunini, $6,970; kbruninibridal.com. 5. Rikita Earrings by Sanjay Kasliwal, $4,500; 212-988-1511. 6. Marquetry Water Lily Cuff by Silvia Furmanovich, $12,540; Bergdorf Goodman, 212-753-7300. 7. Melo Passion Earrings by Assael, $92,000; assael.com. 8. Pearl Lariat by Belpearl, $10,500; belpearl.com. 9. Turquoise Deco Dream Earrings by Hanut Singh, $5,400; roseark.com. 10. Black-eyed Susan Drop Earrings by Mish New York, $12,400; mishnewyork.com. 11. Color Change Garnet and Tahitian Earrings by Assael, $29,000; assael.com. ← Freshwater cultured pearls are most often found in China’s waters and can vary in color. ↑ These rare pink and purple Kasumiga pearls grow in Lake Kasumiga-ura in Japan. ↑ Australian South Sea pearls are made by the largest and rarest Pinctada maxima oysters. Melo Melo pearls form in the marine sea snail of the South China Sea. ↙ ↑ Natural Tahitian pearls come from a blacklipped variety of oyster in the French Polynesian islands. Akoya cultured pearls owe their iridescent luster to layers of nacre (shell lining) that form around the pearl. ↙ 11 1 10 9 2 5 4 6 3 8 7