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Pearl Jewellery for Special Occasions - anything but your grandmother’s pearls

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Pearl Jewellery for Special Occasions - anything but your grandmother’s pearls

Highly versatile, elegant and luxurious, pearls are eye-catching in any occasion jewellery set. Follow these tips and ideas to choose pearl jewellery for special occasions that will enhance your special event.

Why choose pearl jewellery for special occasions?

When choosing an occasion jewellery set, there are a number of things to consider. You’ll want a standout design that is flexible enough to wear with a host of evening outfits. Event jewellery should boost your confidence and natural beauty. It’s also sensible to choose a versatile design that complements a range of necklines, styles and colourways.

Pearl jewellery ticks all of these boxes and more, making a set of pearl earrings, pearl pendants or pearl rings the perfect jewellery for special occasions. They’re not only chic and stylish but are available in multiple variations, so whether your style is feminine or femme fatale, there’s a style for you.

4 tips for choosing a pearl occasion jewellery set

The type of pearl

There are many different types of pearl, and it’s worth considering the look, aesthetic and tone that you’re after before purchasing pearl jewellery for special occasions.

Tahitian pearls are the only naturally black pearls, with beautiful overtones of emerald, peacock and aubergine. Tahitian pearl jewellery therefore makes for elegant, sophisticated jewellery for special occasions, adding a sultry iridescence to any look.

Tahitian pearl earrings offer a particularly luxurious finish. Choose our black Tahitian pearl and diamond accent earrings, black Tahitian and diamond gold-curve earrings, or our Tahitian pearl and diamond huggies to accent an evening gown or suit. Wear alone or paired with a complementary black pearl pendant.

Alternatively, freshwater pearl jewellery makes for more affordable – but still glamourous – event jewellery. Pair a silver pearl ring like our white freshwater pearl design with a contemporary pearl chain necklace for an eye-catching look.

The event

Alternatively, if you’re looking for truly special occasion necklaces, choose a South Sea pearl jewellery design. These lustrous saltwater pearls are highly sought after, making for ideal event jewellery. Sea Sea pearls are dubbed ‘the queens of the sea’ for a reason. In fact, the lustre of South Sea pearls provide the perfect finishing touch to any wedding gown, making these designs ideal pearl bridal jewellery.

A South Sea pearl necklace like our white akoya and South Sea pearl design brings vintage glamour to any bridal or evening dress. This one works especially well with round, scoop and sweetheart necklines. For double impact, choose a matching set of South Sea pearl and diamond earrings. Our white South Sea pearl and diamond drop design or white South Sea pearl and diamond earrings both add elegance. Don’t forget to choose matching pearl cufflinks or even a pearl tie pin for the wedding party.

Your neckline

It may seem trivial, but when choosing special occasion necklaces, it’s worth considering how your jewellery will enhance your look.

It’s harder to wear both halter neck and high necklines with pearl necklaces. In this case, it’s better to go with a bold pearl cuff bracelet like our white freshwater pearl cuff or black freshwater pearl and ostrich feather design.

Meanwhile, a pearl choker necklace or shorter pearl pendant will beautifully set off a V-neckline. Wear our black Tahitian pearl, diamond, and green tsavorite gold pendant and matching earrings to bring out emerald, forest green and jade undertones. Alternatively, choose a striking choker like our multistrand freshwater pearl and collar design to really turn heads.

For a more understated but still sophisticated look, opt for a diamond pearl pendant. Our black Tahitian pearl ‘moon’ design or blue Tahitian pearl, diamond and moonstone pendant will garner plenty of attention worn solo. But they pair equally well with matching black Tahitian pearl ‘moon’ earrings or blue Tahitian pearl studs.

For ultimate drama, drape a pearl lariat necklace down a backless evening gown. Our award-winning copper freshwater pearl and citrine design brings tactility and texture – wear alone or with coordinating copper pearl earrings for an impactful look.

If classic colourways are your preference, either our white freshwater pearl lariat or black freshwater design may be more suitable. Pair with a complementary set of white freshwater studs or a black pearl ring.

On-trend designs

The autumn winter 2023 jewellery trends are here, and pearls remain an on-trend choice. If you’re seeking an up-to-the-minute occasion jewellery set that could have come straight off the catwalk, look no further.

This season’s jewellery trends are all about maximalist, opulent statement designs with splashes of off-the-cuff features. Brooches adorned models at fashion houses including Loewe and Gucci, making our pearl brooches a modish addition to any smart suit. Pair our limited edition biwa pearl and diamond pin with a matching biwa pearl jewellery design, or keep it streamlined with a standalone piece like our peacock pin brooch.

Bring colour to jewellery for special occasions whilst remaining on trend by choosing a pearl and gemstone design. Stack multicoloured pearl bracelets like our light multicoloured pearl and semi-precious stone design with the opposing dark multi-coloured design for visually appealing wristwear. Pair a multicoloured pearl necklace like our white freshwater pearl ‘tutti frutti’ design with cohesive earrings for special occasions – either the matching drop set or white pearl stud earrings work well.

Add a feminine edge to any occasion wear by choosing a pink pearl jewellery design. Pair a classic pink pearl necklace like our pink freshwater pearl five-strand design with matching earrings. Or keep things understated with a more subtle pink biwa pearl ‘classic’ bracelet.

Create customised pearl event jewellery with Coleman Douglas Pearls

Looking for a one-off design that no one else has or a truly unique gift for someone special? Design a one-of-a-kind occasion jewellery set that enhances your natural features, complexion and skin tone with Coleman Douglas Pearls. Book onto a personal consultation and we’ll bring three decades’ worth of experience to create a design that will have you feeling beautifully confident in perfectly matched pearls.


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