Queen Elizabeth II is the ultimate pearl fashionista, don’t you think? Pearls do not have to be boring and resemble something that only your grandmother wears. Unless she is as cool as the Queen, of course. There are many contemporary jewellery brands out there who put together beautiful pearl pieces that are young, avant-garde and often show-stopping jewels.

Here, I found three designers, who deconstruct age old concepts about classic pearl jewellery and are the next best thing in alternate pearl jewellery.

Unconventional Pearl Jewellery

Melanie Georgacopoulos

Seemingly vulnerable and feminine yet tough and enduring, the pearl’s symbolic contradictions are juxtaposed throughout each of Melanie’s collection with the application of innovative techniques and a surprising use of materials. I love this structured statement necklace embellished with large pearls whose unravelling plasticity emulates the movement of fabric on skin.

Unconventional Pearl Jewellery

Unconventional Pearl Jewellery

Unconventional Pearl Jewellery

Miranda McCarthy

Miranda’s new collection of sculptural pendants was inspired by the Renaissance jewellers and the indigenous birds of Britain. These dainty creatures, crafted from Baroque pearls, natural sapphires, gold and silver, are in affordable range under £300.

Unconventional Pearl Jewellery

Melissa McArthur Jewellery

Melissa McArthur Jewellery is all about jewels of elegant simplicity incorporating freshwater pearls and semi precious stones. I absolutely adore this delicate necklace lovingly hand-made from 9ct gold featuring one pearl on a hoop, under £200.

Unconventional Pearl Jewellery

What are your associations with pearl jewellery after reading this article? Leave me a message in the comments!

You might also like to discover my pearl talk at Inhorgenta Munich and my article about contemporary pearl brand Yoko London.

I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

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GEMOLOGUE jewelry blog by Liza Urla is a celebration of fine, fashion and vintage jewellery featuring talented jewellery designers, trendy urban street style, exclusive interviews and rare jewellery reviews. This jewellery blog’s goal is to encourage and educate about jewellery online in a fresh and original fashion to inspire women and men across the globe in a fashion and travelling context.

Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

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