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Inspired by Kamala Harris, a selection of pearl studded apparel, accessories and more
Pearls are back, with credit to Kamala Harris, the first female and Person of Colour Vice President of the US. Harris always marks special occasions with a string of pearls, be it a Tahitian black pearl necklace for her swearing-in ceremony into Congress or the elegant design by Puerto Rican jeweller Wilfredo Rosado she donned during Inauguration Day on January 20. The choice is an ode to her college sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha of Howard University in Washington D.C, where pearls are sacred to its foundation story as one of the first African American Greek letter sororities. In solidarity, A viral Facebook group, ‘Wear Pearls on January 20, 2021’ invited everyone to wear pearls as a feminist symbol of empowerment. While pearls have made timeless style statements in the past (who can forget Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Harris has made them au courant and meaningful. Here, a curation of our favourite pearly renditions by homegrown labels and international brands across jewellery, clothing, handbags and more.
Baroque Pearl Earrings by D’Ana Jewels
Helmed by Naga jewellery designer Elika Awomi, D’Ana Jewels creates handmade jewellery with fresh water and baroque pearls, semi-precious gemstones and colourful beads. The five-tiered earrings feature irregular baroque pearls held together with gold loops and topped with a gold plated-bead. Also scroll through the label’s Instagram feed for dainty pearl renditions of budget-friendly bracelets, chokers and drop-down earrings punctuated with calming ASMR pearl videos.
Price: Rs. 1,250
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Black Pearl Deco Gypsy Bikini by Shivan & Narresh
Delhi-based brand Shivan & Narresh, founded by designers Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja is known for its eclectic and contemporary resortwear. Crafted in Italian jersey, this Art Deco bikini from the ‘Iconorosh’ collection is sure to make a statement at your next poolside soirée. Studded with Swarovski crystals, the label’s signature skein work and a line of pearls, the standout bikini top features a heart-shaped neckline accentuating the décolletage paired with a retro high waisted bottom.
Price: Rs. 48,950
Tao Pearl Mules by Cult Gaia
An influencer favourite, American lifestyle brand Cult Gaia founded by designer Jasmin Larian is known for its Instagram worthy creations. The open-toed Tao mules crafted from leather feature a rounded crystalline heel packed with pearls. Available in sky blue and chalky white, these heels will ensure you put your best fashion foot forward.
Price: Rs. 38,000
Pearl Glasswing Ring by Outhouse
Mumbai-based sisters and designers Kaabia and Sasha Grewal, founded Outhouse in 2012, creating edgy jewellery and accessories inspired by their travels. This double finger ring from the brand features a central pearl guarded by two smaller drop pearls studded in hexagonal, 22kt gold plated moulds. Made from a green ‘Kaputt’ crystal designed in a collaboration between Swarovski and French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier; a wing-like structure extends from the ring overlapping the third finger.
Price: Rs. 10,500
Pearl Embroidered Sari by Mishru
Hyderabad-based designer Swapna Anumolu’s occasion wear label Mishru specialises in festive pre-stitched saris, embellished lehngas and kurta sets. This pre-draped Chanderi and tulle sari in a subtle periwinkle hue is hand embroidered with dainty pearls and floral cutdana work across the body, while the tapered border features chevron pearl segments. Pair it with the brand’s complementing pearl appliqué blouse or style it with a classic brocade one.
Price: Rs. 56,500
Pearl Cape by Prerto
Mumbai-based jewellery brand Prerto aims to merge traditional gemstones with contemporary design. Case in point: this multi-tiered pearl cape. Held together by kundan and Swarovski studded clasps, it evokes royalty as drops of pearls hang delicately from 24 kt gold plated chains. Wear this with a silk sari for a wedding or layer it over a pastel hued dress for brunch.
Price: Rs. 33,500
Acorn Cufflinks by Tiffany & Co.
The Acorn cufflinks by luxury jewellery brand Tiffany & Co. were originally designed by French jewellery designer Jean Schlumberger for the brand in the 1950s. Starring dark grey pearls pronged in 18kt gold on two sides to resemble the fringed covering of acorn nuts, the updated cufflinks are a breathtaking luxury indulgence to accentuate your formal look.
Price: $2,800 (Rs. 2,05,500 approx.)
Moondrop Nose Pin by Shop Lune
Jewellery designer Shreesha Shetty founded Shop Lune to marry the aesthetics of her two favourite places: Goa’s nomadic calm with Chikmagalur’s old-school heritage. Resembling a hint of moonlight, the Moondrop Nose Pin embodies the label’s minimalist culture. A delicate Hyderabad seed pearl is set in sterling silver and polished with 18kt gold to create an elegant everyday essential.
Price: Rs. 1,650
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Guldavari Handbag by The Leather Garden
The brainchild of Delhi-based designer Neeharika Wadhwa, vintage-inspired handbag label The Leather Garden crafts handbags in rich silks, leather and jacquard. The gorgeous Guldavari potli, part of the brand’s Heirloom collection, is enveloped in pearls. The chunky gold-hammered link chain, lush satin lining and an inbuilt leather card case add to the allure of the piece.
Price: Rs. 8,490
Faux Pearl Studded Top by Zara
If your style is dictated by the “more is more” philosophy, this bralette-style top from high street brand Zara is for you. Studded with faux pearls across the body and along its wispy straps, it looks just as striking paired with high waisted velvet trousers as it does layered over a bodycon top.
Price: Rs. 2,990
Aarunya Choker by Aurus Jewels
Ahmedabad-based fine jewellery brand Aurus Jewels, creates timeless ornaments with an inherent heirloom-like quality. In 2013, the brand set out to create fuss free wedding jewellery that serves beyond the bridal trousseau. One such piece is its Aarunya choker: the intricate pearl carpet is studded with a central sapphire pendant and fringed with little drops of pink tourmaline, amethyst and hessonite. The cherry on the top — the label allows customisation.
Price: Rs. 2,43,500
Olivia Glasses and Mask Chain by So Fetch
Popular for its maximalist accessories, e-commerce label So Fetch brings Blair Waldorf’s iconic style to millennial wardrobes. The Olivia chain features pearls held together with delicate links on one side and plain gold plated links on the other. Originally launched as a functional piece to elevate eyewear, the chain has since found purpose as a mask holder, adding flair to the pandemic-necessitated accessory while keeping it in place.
Price: Rs. 1,299
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