Pearl Drop Earrings

Pearls have something uniquely feminine about them. Their soft lustre, subtle depth of colour and smoothly rounded forms give them a delicate beauty unlike any other gemstone. Natural pearls were once prohibitively expensive, especially for earrings that required a perfectly matched set. Buyers could easily pay a year's wages for a simple pair of gold pearl drop earrings. Pearl jewellery is much more accessible now, but although the price has fallen, the gem's beauty endures.

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Pearl jewellery even works with the most casual styles if you shrink drops to studs. Match a simple t-shirt with a pair of pearl stud earrings for an unexpectedly dainty accent. If your day at the office is spent largely on the phone, choose flattened pearl ovals for a comfortably streamlined shape. Clip-on pearl earrings look professional and polished as they hide clasps effortlessly. Choose a pair ringed in gold or silver to coordinate with your other jewellery for a pulled-together look. 

Pearls are more versatile than they've ever been. New hues that no oyster ever imagined let you play with contrasts and complementary colours. You'll still find the delicate blush pinks, warm ivories and mellow yellows you associate with cultured pearls, but a new palette of vivid hues broadens your range. Hunter green, aubergine, midnight blue and burnished bronze teardrop pearl earrings turn heads. 

There's a reason Vermeer chose to paint his most famous subject with a pearl earring; the master painter knew that nothing else could so readily communicate the delicate feminine beauty of his model. With more colours and styles than ever to wear, Vermeer's girl would undoubtedly have been delighted with modern pearl jewellery.

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