Shell jewellery – or frankly anything shell-embellished – was the 2018 summer trend that took everyone by surprise. First seen at Prada at the men’s AW17 and the women’s SS18 shows, no one really thought it would take off.
Fast-forward a few months though (blame the heatwave) and fashion eds everywhere were adorning their ears with conch, cowrie and puka shells. Designers like Tohum, Rebecca de Ravenel and Anni Lu all took the theme and ran with it, and even new brands (meet Wald) emerged as heroes fresh from the sartorial sea, thanks to their of-the-moment nautical designs.
But the thing with shells is that they’re all about the holiday vibes, and therefore tricky to transition into your everyday wardrobe. Enter the pearl jewellery trend – which brings me neatly on to everyone’s new obsession.
Make no mistake, we’re not talking a dated Girl With The Pearl Earring teardrop or your granny’s pearls here. This season, pearls are enjoying a chic baroque twist, embellished with semi-precious stones and collaborating with heavy gold coins and gems, or weighing down a delicate hoop. Look to Alighieri, Saskia Diez and Anissa Kermiche for trend-setting styles.
If you really don’t want to let go of that wanderlust feeling, then designers like Anna + Nina and Anni Lu perfectly bridge the gap between everyday classics and ethereal, by marrying their pearls with delicate shells and starfish.
Mis-matched earrings have made their way back into fashion with a growing list of celebs and social media influencers wearing these classics. They are easy to accessorise with any outfit and any occasion this season, from slip dresses to all-over denim.
As for necklaces, they are best worn layered, and the more pearls the better, though they go just as well with coin or shell necklaces, and the same goes for bracelets.
Whatever your style, shell out and shop our edit of the best pearl jewellery below.