Everyday Pearls (But Not Ordinary)

Susan B. wears a French Kande pearl bracelet with vintage medalion, light wash jeans and bone loafers. Details and more casual pearl jewelry at une femme d'un certain age.

There’s just something about pearls. I always feel just a little more elegant when I’m wearing them. Pearl jewelry can be classic and refined, or casual and edgy, depending on the shape, size, and setting.

Casual Pearls: Not An Oxymoron

There’s no reason you can’t wear pearls every day, even at home. For at-home wear, I find that earrings, shorter necklaces and some bracelets are perfect to throw on with more casual outfits. (But be advised, they are more delicate than some jewelry, so take care not to let them come in contact with cleansers or other household chemicals.)

Freshwater pearls are a nice option if you want “real” but don’t have a Fine Jewelry budget. Quality will vary, but you can often find some nice ones without an astronomical price tag.

Above, I love wearing this triple-strand pearl bracelet (similar) as a single statement piece. ( Jeans | Loafers )

Here are a few more pieces of casual pearl jewelry that caught my eye… (just a heads-up, some have limited stock available)

French Kande single strand freshwater pearl bracelet. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you prefer something more delicate or that you can layer, this single strand bracelet is a nice option.

Farra freshwater pearl bracelet with shell charms. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The little shell charms on this one are a nice touch. (Again, you’ll want to remove bracelets before cleaning or gardening.)

Keshi pearl stud earrings. Details and more casual pearl jewelry at une femme d'un certain age.

Not your usual pearl studs…love these Keshi earrings!

Gorjana Freshwater Pearl drop hoop earrings. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Classic, but not staid. These small gold hoops with freshwater “coin” drops are budget-friendly.

French Kande silver X earrings with pearl dangle. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I have these earrings in gold (with opal dangle) and can confirm that they are comfortable enough for all-day wear.

Freshwater pearl and lapis long necklace. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I find shorter necklaces are more practical for at-home wear, but a longer single strand like this pearl and lapis number can be worn doubled too, making it a versatile option.

Vintouch Italy Pearl and emerald pendant. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I think this pendant is SO cool! (It’s pearl with an emerald inlay.) Wear it on any shorter or medium-length chain.

Silver pearl necklace with fleur-de-lis pendant. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If your coloring is cool, or you just prefer silver jewelry, these silver pearls are a fun alternative. Wear with or without the oxidized sterling silver pendant.

Kojima Pearls keshi and turquoise bead necklace. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I can always count on Kojima Pearls for some of the most creative and artistic (and wearable!) pieces. This delicate strand features golden Keshi pearls and tiny turquoise beads.

Here are a few more pieces that caught my eye…

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11 Comments

  1. Tiffany Lynn
    May 5, 2020 / 4:36 am

    Can you tell me a good source for nickel free jewelry. I have a nickel allergy and can only wear things without it.
    Thank you.

  2. May 5, 2020 / 5:31 am

    I had to quickly close this post. Too much temptation. I love everything.
    Greetje

  3. May 5, 2020 / 6:04 am

    Depending on the source, my birthstone is either the pearl or the alexandrite, both of which I find kind of boring. I think of pearls the way I think of white chocolate – they’re okay as a small part, but not as the whole thing. The only pearl piece I ever truly loved was a pair of earrings I had that had gold angels on top of a pearl. But it was cheap costume jewelry and eventually – it broke.

    I do like the opal dangle ones and the silver pearls might catch my eye. 😀

  4. Mary
    May 5, 2020 / 6:36 am

    I have the Marie June drippy studs (in silver) but never wear them as they don’t hang properly in my ears–they are weighted so that they fall forward and down. I tried a different back to help hold them up, but that doesn’t help enough, and I felt it was too much work. It was too much trouble to return them at the time, so they sit in the drawer.

    I love pearls. I rarely wear studs because I’m too likely to lose one (it’s always just one). I tried the Lagos Luna with an Omega closure not long ago, but it was too large to suit me. The huggie-style “coins” are cute and a viable option.

  5. Tempie
    May 5, 2020 / 7:42 am

    Love, love,love this post. I have pearls expensive and inexpensive and love them all. Yesterday I was wearing pearl earrings while doing yard work. For me nothing has ever been better than a white shirt,jeans and pearls. Taught my daughter and granddaughter to wear pearls. Here in the south we still give baby girls add on pearls as a gift then add to them on each birthday .

  6. Tempie
    May 5, 2020 / 7:44 am

    Love, love,love this post. I have pearls expensive and inexpensive and love them all. Yesterday I was wearing pearl earrings while doing yard work. For me nothing has been betterr than a white shirt,jeans and pearls. Taught my daughter and granddaughter to wear pearls. Here in the south we still give baby girls add on pearls as a gift then add to them on each birthday .

    • Rondi
      May 5, 2020 / 2:42 pm

      I am a girl from the south that was given add-a-pearls every gift giving occasion to make a necklace. Unfortunately the necklace was stolen. Therefore, a lot of memories were stolen with that necklace. And too old to start over.

  7. Susan Bowdler
    May 5, 2020 / 8:37 am

    Good advice given to me by a pearl expert – never, ever get perfume on pearls, spray below the pearl line!

  8. Rondi
    May 5, 2020 / 2:36 pm

    Pearls are nice. They are fun to wear with jeans. I really like the freshwater pearls used in the edgy designs. I have noticed them from several shops lately. As for your idea of quarantine jewelry I think it’s great. I always wear earrings anyway mainly because I don’t think the piercing is attractive without an earring. I would wear a necklace around the house to feel dressed. But I wouldn’t wear bracelets. That would slow me down working in the kitchen and I need no excuses! LOL

  9. Janet D.
    May 6, 2020 / 11:22 am

    I have a dear friend who wears a single strand of pearls just about every day with whatever else she’s wearing — blue jeans & an old tee-shirt through to a classic LBD — & they suit her & her personality absolutely perfectly. Even in old jeans & a tee she looks elegant & I’ve spent years trying to figure out if she suits the pearls because she’s naturally elegant, or if she’s elegant BECAUSE of the pearls! I still haven’t figured it out. They don’t suit me at all. I have two lovely “sets” of pearls, a double strand that belonged to my grandmother, a single strand that was my mother’s. When I put either of them on I look like a kid trying to play grown-up. What I can wear: a long double-strand silver necklace with big “pearl” beads & lots of clattery, jangly stuff & big earrings with pearls hanging off them. The flamboyance suits me, but it’s a far cry from “elegant” [sigh]. At 61 I have finally learned my style limits 🙂

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      May 6, 2020 / 11:47 am

      Hi Janet, one of the things I learned from Red Leopard is that we all have different style personalities. Your friend may very well be a Classic, and while those types of pieces look elegant on her, they can look frumpy on other style types. Your style personality may be more Dramatic, Gypsy or Bohemian. But it sounds like you know what works for you, kudos!

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