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Pearls for Men: How to Wear the New Trend

Written by Anna Currell
December 8, 2023

Classic, timeless, and elegant, pearls are a staple of many jewelry collections. And while you might associate these delicate opalescent gems with women’s fashion, pearls are becoming an increasingly popular accessory for men too. From baseball players to pop singers, pearls have developed into a new category of trendy jewelry for men. If you’re curious about pearls for men, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll walk you through how to style and care for your pearl jewelry. 

Why Pearls Work for Men

Pearls are considered sophisticated and classic. They have a refined and polished look that works well with lots of different men's styles, from rugged to chic. Pearls provide subtle flair without being too overpowering. They usually come in milky white or shimmery gray, so their neutral colors can enhance your look without overwhelming your outfit the way other glittering gemstones might. 

The organic imperfections of pearls give them a unique appearance that stands out. They can make more of an impression than a simple or traditional chain necklace. Another perk to pearls is that they’re versatile; you can dress them up or down. You can wear pearl necklaces with a casual t-shirt and jeans, or place a pearl brooch on the lapel of your suit jacket. 

How to Wear Pearls

New to pearls? We’re here to help you style them and find the pieces that work best for you. Here are just a few suggestions for how to style pearls for men

Pearl Necklace

A single strand or layered pearl necklace can make an otherwise plain collared shirt or t-shirt more interesting. Keep it subtle with a shorter length, or go for some drama with a longer strand that reaches your abdomen. Opt for bigger pearls to make a style statement, or go for smaller pearls to keep your look subtle and understated.

Pearl Bracelet 

A pearl bracelet is an easy way to incorporate pearls into everyday outfits. A single strand paired with a watch makes for a simple, elegant look. Or try layering multiple strands of varied pearl sizes for a little more drama. Mixing metallic chains between some strands can add some texture and contrast, making the style a little bit more rugged if that’s your vibe. 

Pearl Ring

A pearl ring can give off vintage vibes. Find a signet ring embellished with small pearls, or look for a cocktail ring that features a striking pearl at the center. A pearl ring is also a great way to wear the pinky ring trend — it’s unexpected and fun without making too much of a statement.

Pearl Earrings

Small pearl studs are a great staple you can wear to dress up any outfit or add a refined touch to any look. It’s very trendy for men to have a single ear pierced or to wear mismatched earrings for an asymmetrical effect; lean into this with different sized pearl studs or one delicately dangling pearl.

The beauty of wearing pearl jewelry is that there’s really no wrong way to do it; these are just a few suggestions. Have some fun experimenting with different styles and pieces that make a statement. 

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Pearl Jewelry Care Tips

Pearls are delicate, so it’s important to take care of them the right way. Natural pearls form inside the shells of oysters and other mollusks when an irritant like a grain of sand gets trapped inside their shells. To protect itself from the irritant, the mollusk secretes a mineralized substance called nacre that coats the irritant in layers, eventually forming a pearl. Unlike harder gemstones that are mined from underground, pearls are composed of relatively soft nacre, making them more prone to damage. That's why it's important to properly care for pearl jewelry. Here are some tips to keep your pearls safe and looking their best:

  • Avoid chemicals: Make sure to keep your pearls away from your hair products, fragrances, or lotions. These often contain different chemicals that can damage the pearl. To keep your pearls in good condition, put them on only after applying sunscreen, hairspray, cologne, etc.
  • Store your pieces properly: Store pearls properly to avoid damage or tangling. Keep them cushioned with soft padding, like a velvet jewelry box or pouch, and make sure to store them separately from other jewelry that could scratch their delicate surface.
  • Restring your pearls: It’s a good idea to have your pearl necklaces or bracelets restrung every few years to maintain their integrity. The strings used in pearl jewelry are often quite fragile, so if they wear down they are likely to break. Restring your pieces proactively to avoid losing your pearls.

Pearls can be a great way for men to incorporate a classic and polished accessory into their wardrobe. They’re elegant, they’re stylish, and they can add new depth to any look. To keep your pearls in great shape, let our team restring your bracelets and necklaces. Our experts will make sure that your pearls stay secure so you can feel confident wearing them out and about.

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