Pearls are back in style, and it’s not just because celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian have been wearing them. There’s something about a pearl–something classic, yet edgy–that makes people want to wear them again.

And they’re not just for women anymore: men are also starting to incorporate pearls into their wardrobe. Here are some reasons why people are wearing pearls again:

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Pearls and Cyclical Changes in Fashion

Pearls have been worn for thousands of years but are experiencing a resurgence in fashion due to social media influencers, celebrities, and fashion designers.

Pearls have been around for thousands of years since the ancient Egyptians started using them over 5,000 years ago. Pearls were considered a luxury item in the past as they were difficult to find and expensive to acquire.

In ancient times, pearls were worn by royalty and high society because they symbolized power and wealth. They were associated with prosperity and fertility—they even showed up on Roman coins!

The discovery of large pearl fisheries in Asia led to an increase in production during the 19th century which opened them up for all classes of people, from prosperous merchants, bankers and even farmers; all who wanted something special about themselves (just like today).

Pearls – A Paradigm shift in contemporary views.

The pearl was once considered old-fashioned, associated with older women who wanted to look sophisticated. It was only worn for special occasions—weddings and special events—and not as everyday jewellery.

As pearls became more popular, they became more versatile and were worn more often by younger women.

While pearl jewellery has been the traditional way to wear pearls, designers are creating new ways to wear pearls. Indeed, pearls are a versatile gemstone that can be used in a variety of ways: from making statement necklaces and bracelets to dressing up hair accessories or adding sparkle to your everyday outfit by wearing them as earrings.

The classic pearl necklace is making a comeback because ‘all good fashion comes from the past.’

While many of us have grown accustomed to seeing pearls worn with sophisticated evening wear, celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian are wearing them with tracksuits and sneakers, breaking fashion rules with the bling.

a man wearing pearl necklaces
A man wearing a pearl necklace (water color painting)


With so many ways to wear pearls, the question is no longer “why” but “how.”

If you want to join the pearl revolution and start wearing them properly, check out our guide to picking out a necklace or bracelet.

About the Author


I am a pearl and oyster enthusiast who loves to share her knowledge and experiences about fashion with the world. I am neither a certified gemologist nor a reseller of pearls.

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