June is upon us, marking the month that is dedicated to one of nature’s most-treasured gemstones: pearls.
With a wondrous story – pearls have, throughout history, been more highly prized than diamonds – these delicate gems have graced the finest jewels of kings and queens. Today, they are adored for their versatility and appeal to women of all ages and styles.
For those born in June (and lucky enough to have pearls as their birthstone) we take a closer look at the five most trendsetting ways to wear pearls now, inspired by some of our favourite runway looks from this spring’s fashion weeks.
When thinking about how to wear pearls, the elegant styling of Coco Chanel is a treasured reference. Her original monochrome aesthetic and layered, long strands of pearls have inspired countless pearl women over the past 100 years. AENEA’s Stella collection evokes this chic approach, whether a single strand of classic white pearls – as seen at Jenny Packham during New York Fashion Week – or several strings teamed with sumptuous textured fabrics. The ladylike layering look is where fashion and femininity converge.
This season’s runways were filled with daring incarnations of pearls that team these pretty, often preppy gemstones with rock’n’roll references – think leather jackets, choker necklaces and oversized statement hoops. We adore the way Noir Kei Ninomiya has added pearls to their biker jackets and our own AENEA Collection necklace, featuring our mischievous motifs such as handcuffs and lock and keys, captures this audacious spirit. For adventurous June birthdays, pearls have never been more adventurous.
Just in time for summer, the essence of ‘all things bright and beautiful’ has been captured by a host of colourful pearl jewellery designs. Teamed with pop colour gemstones in rich, tropical hues, the rich lustre of pearls comes to life. We adore how Gucci and Miu Miu have taken pearls and mixed them with tropical prints and bold colours that show off how rich pearls can be – and we’ve captured this in our Stella collection, blending shimmering grey Tahitian pearls with twinkling diamonds, pink sapphire and emerald gems.
Statement jewellery is that which marks itself out from the everyday by commanding an audience – and plenty of compliments! Perfect for eveningwear, bold jewellery adorns the wearer like the precious cherry on top of a party outfit. When embellished with pearls, drop earrings become the perfect platform to capture this modern approach. As seen on the runways of Celine, statement pearl earrings frame the face – something AENEA echoes with its cascading Stella drop earrings.
One of our favourite ways to wear pearls is also the simplest – with a grey T-shirt, a good pair of jeans and slick of vibrant lipstick. Giving pearls this more relaxed backdrop, they become essentials for the weekend. Their brilliant lustre uplifts the most easygoing of looks, as embodied on the runways be Mulberry and Maison Margiela, who teamed their pearls with cosy winter layers.
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