You may have noticed an uptick in pearl jewelry—whether it be statement earrings and necklaces on the streets or across your social media feeds. And you’re certainly onto something—
Yep, from the Spring/Summer ‘22 runways to top influencers’ outfits, pearl jewelry is being spotted everywhere this year.
And not only are these gorgeous gemstones already a top trend, they’re expected to only get more and more popular
Because of that, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about pearl jewelry in 2022 today. Continue on for reasons you'll want to shop pearl jewelry all-year round!
What exactly are pearls?
Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s clear one thing up; what are pearls, exactly?
Pearls are unique gemstones that aren’t found in the earth like the others; rather, they’re found in creatures called mollusks.
In fact, they’re quite rare, too—natural pearls are only found in about one out of every 10,000 mollusks.
Now, however, there are processes (such as culturing) that make pearls more widely available. This way, more and more people can enjoy their beauty without relying solely on the unpredictability of nature.
Types of Pearls
Did you know there are five main types of pearls that you can get? Here’s the lowdown:1. Akoya Pearls
These are classic cream and white pearls cultured in China, Japan, and Vietnam.2. Tahitian Pearls
Unique in appearance, Tahitian pearls range in dark shimmering colors and are sourced from the French Polynesian islands.3. South Sea Pearls
South Sea pearls are cultured off the coasts of Australia and are particularly well-loved for their satiny gold, silver, and white color range.4. Freshwater Pearls
These are cultured in China and are a particularly common pearl type used in pearl jewelry due to their wide versatility of colors, shapes, and sizes.5. Sea of Cortez Pearls
Sea of Cortez pearls are rare, vibrant, and dark pearls that only come from one place—a pearl farm in Guaymas, Mexico.
Pearl Meaning and More
As we’ve seen from the five main types of pearls, pearls are available in a variety of colors and forms.
Pearls are considered organic gems—made from organisms—as opposed to gems made from minerals. They’re composed of Calcium Carbonate, Conchiolin, and water.
To measure a pearl, you use a unit called “grains,” as opposed to carats like other gems. If you’re curious, the ratio of grain to carat is 4:1.
Finally, in terms of hardness, pearls measure at 2.5 - 4.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Meanwhile, a diamond—the hardest gem—measures at the top of the scale with a solid 10. This means that pearls are a relatively soft gem—and so it's important to store your pearl jewelry in a soft jewelry case to prevent your pearls from getting scratched!
Pearls also represent the birthstone for the month of June, which symbolizes luck, prosperity, and even perfection.
For centuries, people have put on their pearl birthstone necklace or ring in the mornings to bring themselves good fortune, protection, and health throughout the day.
What’s more, they certainly looked radiant in the process—just like the pearl pendant on our June Birthstone Necklace!
What are the Pearl Trends in 2022?
Now that we know a good deal about pearls, what exactly are the pearl trends that you need to know for 2022?
We’ve got you. You can always find and stay up to date on all the top pearl trends in our Pearl Jewelry Collection.
Whether a classic pearl necklace—such as our stunning Ingrid Pearl Necklace, a pearl ring—such as our dainty Lea Pearl Ring, or another oh-so-elegant pearl jewelry piece—such as our Adriana Keshi Pearl Earrings, you’ll stay simultaneously timeless and on-trend throughout the years with our many styles of pearl jewelry—perfect for every occasion!