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Vintage 11.50cts Diamond Pearl Dangle Platinum Drop long Earrings
Located in Miami, FL
This is a stunning pair of Day and Night South Sea Pearl & Diamonds Botanical Leafs Motif Dangle Drop Earrings weighing approximately 28.6 grams. Exquisitely crafted in luxurious pl...
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1980s Contemporary Vintage Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Platinum

South Sea Pearl and Diamond Earrings
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful diamond and pearl stud earrings crafted in platinum, showcasing two 15.5 mm South Sea pearls surrounded by 32 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 5 carats t...
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1980s Modern Vintage Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Platinum

Barbara Heinrich One of a Kind Iridescent White Pearl Diamond Gold Earrings
Located in Dallas, TX
One of a Kind Triple Shell Top Earrings hand-fabricated by award-winning jewelry maker Barbara Heinrich showcasing two gorgeous matched white freshwater pearl with stunning iridescen...
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2010s Artist Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Multi-gemstone, Pearl, Freshwater Pearl, Gold, 1...

French Art Deco Natural Pearl & Diamond Ring
Located in Southbury, CT
Created in France in the 1920s, this natural saltwater pearl and diamond ring is a geometric tour de force. We've all seen Art Deco platinum and pearl rings. And we've all admired t...
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1920s Art Deco Vintage Pearl Jewelry

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Diamond, Pearl, Natural Pearl, Platinum

Bracelet Bukle Antique 19th Century Yellow Gold 18 Karat Pearl and Enamel
Located in Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana
Buckle-shaped bracelet with Aljofar hairs and polychrome enamel S. XIX Black enamel and pearls on the buckle, presents on the front polychrome enamel with floral design and at the en...
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19th Century Napoleon III Antique Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Nathalie Jean 0.165 Carat Diamond Ruby Tourmaline Pearl Carnelian Gold Rings
Located in Milan, Lombardia
Made by hand in Nathalie Jean's Milan atelier, Microcosmos Three Rings are devised as a game, a construction or a sophisticated aerial mobile. Shapes attached to gold rings dangle li...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Carnelian, Diamond, Pearl, Cultured Pearl, Ruby, Tourmaline, Gold, 18k G...

Chick Australian Pearl Black Diamond 18Kt Red Gold Pendant Necklace Charm
Located in Bussolengo, Verona
Chick Australian Pearl White Diamond 18Kt Red Gold Pendant Necklace or Charm A beautiful yellow Australian pearl has been carefully crafted to make a chick. He has his two legs, two...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Black Diamond, Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold

Alex Jona South Sea Pearl Necklace
Located in Torino, IT
Alex Jona South Sea pearl necklace ( total length 18.5 inch/47 cm), composed of 39 cultured South Sea pearls ranging from 10.2 to 12.7 mm in diameter, strung on a hand-knotted silk ...
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2010s Pearl Jewelry

Materials

South Sea Pearl, Sterling Silver

Ella Gafter Blue Sapphire Pearl Earrings
Located in New York, NY
The blue sapphire and South Sea pearl earrings feature a symmetrical design on the ear with 8.90 carats of round cut faceted Ceylon sapphires. The tops hold 2 silver hued South Sea p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Sapphire, White Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Blue Sapphire,...

Amethyst Bead & Pearl Rope Necklace, Yellow Gold Clasp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This versatile strand of richly colored amethyst beads can be worn in several different ways! Fine quality 8.00mm round amethyst beads have been strung with 18k yellow gold spacers a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl, Amethyst, Gold, 14k Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Marina J. Woven Pearl and Carnelian Necklace with Mosaic Centerpiece and Coral
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Gorgeous hand woven Pearl necklace by Marina J. This necklace is made with a slight graduation of Pearls which allows necklace to sit perfectly on the neck. High luster cream Pearls ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Carnelian, Coral, Pearl

Retro White Gold Old Cut Diamond and South Sea Pearl Necklace
Located in Firenze, IT
18kt white gold and old cut diamond approximately 8ct with south sea pearl drop size 15mm 20mm The size of the necklace is 46cm The total weight is 21,38gr.
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Late 20th Century Retro Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, South Sea Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

Unique Freshwater Baroque Pearl Set on 18 Karat Gold Chain by Marion Jeantet
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful and unique freshwater baroque pearl in the shape of a cloud or a heart depending on the side of the necklace, set on an 18 carat white gold chain. Chain : 18k White Gold ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Yianni Creations 18 Karat Yellow Gold Drop Dangle Pearl and Diamond Pendant
Located in Astoria, NY
This is Yianni Creations handmade artisan slide crafted in Greece from 18 Karat Yellow Gold. This gorgeous square-shaped dangle pendant features a 7.0 MM freshwater pearl and a 0.05 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Tourmaline, Tsavorite, Other, Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Blue...

Gemjunky Elegant Natural Royal Beauty Turquoise & Pearl Handmade Necklace
Located in Tuxedo Park , NY
Flippy leaves of Royal Beauty very blue natural Turquoise decorated with golden cultured Pearls unique handmade necklace Size: Turquoise approximately 20 mm; Length: 18 inches...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Cultured Pearl, Turquoise, Pearl, Gold Plate

Japanese Natural Blue Akoya Baroque Pearl and Sterling Silver Necklace 18"
Located in New York, NY
This tin-cup style necklace features cultured Japanese Akoya natural blue baroque pearls. The pearls range in size from 6-9mm. The pearls are set on a sterling silver chain. The neck...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl, Cultured Pearl, Sterling Silver

Moiseikin 18 Karat White Gold Ruby Tahiti Pearl Pendant with a Gift Chain
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Inspired by famous Russian Ballet, this Prima Star Ruby and Tahiti Pearl Pendant created by MOISEIKIN® charm your day with the outstanding glow. The design is created with the paten...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold, White Gold

French 1940s Natural Pearl Diamonds 18 Karat Yellow Gold Tank Ring
Located in Poitiers, FR
Ring in 18 karat yellow gold, eagle's head hallmark and platinum, dog's head hallmark. Geometric, this tank ring has on its top three stepped patterns set with rose-cut diamonds, sho...
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1940s Retro Vintage Pearl Jewelry

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Diamond, White Diamond, Pearl, Natural Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, Platinum, ...

Bezel Set White Round Button Pearl, Diamond Yellow Gold Post Drop Earrings
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Two giant round button pearls are set in rich, 18k yellow gold bezels accented by diamonds in these beautiful drop earrings. The pearls are large with gorgeous luster ... and pearls ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Art Nouveau Carved Jade Natural Pearls Erotic Russian Brooch, 1900
Located in Herzelia, IL
Art Nouveau Carved Jade depicting a topless lady surrounded by Natural Pearls. Erotic motive. Mounted in Gold. Delicate and fine item representing its time perfectly. Once it was co...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Pearl Jewelry

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Jade, Natural Pearl, 14k Gold

14 Karat White Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Bracelet
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Designer: custom Material: 14K white gold Pearls = 8.1mm Dimensions: bracelet will fit up to a 7.25-inch wrist Weight: 14.09 grams
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Cultured Pearl, 14k Gold, White Gold

18K Yellow Gold Ruby and Pearl Brooch
Located in Vannes, FR
18 karat Yellow Gold Ruby and Fine Pearls Brooch Antique 18 karat yellow gold brooch with handmade decorations. A Ruby of 0,03 carats is in the heart of the flower and two Fine Pear...
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20th Century Artisan Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Ella Gafter Ceylon Sapphire Pearl Diamond Earrings
Located in New York, NY
The blue sapphire and diamond earrings feature a round design set with diamonds on the ear around a symmetrical spray of black onyx. The tops suspend 2 oval cut faceted Ceylon sapphi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Sapphire, White Diamond, Onyx, South Sea Pearl, Blue Sap...

Pearl, Emerald and Brown Diamond Earrings Set in 18 Karat White Gold Settings
Located in Bangkok, TH
Pearl, Emerald 4.27 carats and Brown Diamond 4.33 carats Earrings set in 18 Karat White Gold Settings Width: 2.5 cm Length: 3.5 cm Total Weight: 31.23 grams "We first opened doo...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Brown Diamond, Emerald, Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

Abalone Pearl and 25.21 Carat Total Aquamarine Pear Dangle Drop Earrings 'A'
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These stunning earrings feature two natural abalone pearls, which are among the rarest pearls in the world. These pearls have beautiful luster and amazing color! They are prong set i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Aquamarine, Pearl, 18k Gold, Gold, Yellow Gold

Hand Carved Gemstone Flower Earring Jacket Set 18k Gold & Yellow Sapphire Posts
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Finely hand-carved flower earring jackets are made of amethyst, onyx, sodalite, mother of pearl and green and caramel color jaspers. They are interchangeable when worn with our hand ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Onyx, Pearl, Quartz, Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire, Other, Gold, 18k Gold, Y...

Alex Soldier South Sea Pearl Diamond Gold Drop Earrings One of a Kind
Located in New York, NY
The wave, as it twists and swirls in a mesmerizing vortex, sweeps up a treasure from the depths of the ocean – a beautiful pearl, as light as a drop of water. Alex Soldier’s Twist co...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Black Diamond, Pearl, Natural Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Gold, 18k...

Ella Gafter Blue Sapphire 14mm Pearl Earrings
Located in New York, NY
The blue sapphire and South Sea pearl earrings feature 2 pearls of 14mm diameter. The design is complete with 2 oval cut faceted Ceylon sapphires for the total weight of 2.80 carats....
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Pearl Jewelry

Materials

White Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Blue Sapphire, Diamond, Pearl, Sapphire,...

Gemjunky White Free form Baroque Pearls Gold Accents Choker June Birthstone
Located in Tuxedo Park , NY
Keep Calm and Wear Pearls Freeform white Baroque Pearls create this handmade choker necklace. Each pearl is separated by gold washed lava rock to give the entire necklace an extra s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Freshwater Pearl, Pearl, 14k Gold, Sterling Silver, Mixed Metal, Gold

Yoko London South Sea Pearl and Diamond Ear Cuff in 18 Karat Rose Gold
Located in London, GB
This unique ear cuff by Yoko London features 1.37cts of cascading diamonds, culminating in a lustrous 12.2mm South Sea pearl. Set in 18K Rose Gold to accentuate the lustre of the pea...
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2010s Modern Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Pearl, Cultured Pearl, South Sea Pearl, 18k Gold...

Roman Malakov, Black Diamond Rondelle Pearl Necklace
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful necklace showcasing a row of graduating natural pearls, spaced by 14k white gold rondelles set with round black diamonds. Diamonds weigh 11.02 carats total. Pearls are ap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Black Diamond, Pearl, 14k Gold, White Gold

Marina J Pearl, Amethyst, Citrine and Aquamarine Sautoir with 14K White Gold
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Beautiful multi jewel Sautoir handmade by Marina J. This multi colored and shaped necklace features gorgeous faceted two tone Amethyst, Citrine, Aquamarine, Green Amethyst and gorgeo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Garnet, Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

South Sea Tahitian Baroque Pearl Peacock Necklace with Diamond Ball Clasp
Located in New York, NY
This opera length South Sea Tahitian Baroque necklace features cultured pearls measuring 12-13.7mm. The high luster, peacock toned pearls are strung with a 12mm clasp in 18 karat wh...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Black Pearl, Cultured Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Diamond, Pearl, White Gold...

Mikimoto Tahitian Black South Sea Pearl Gold Necklace
Located in Stamford, CT
Authentic Mikimoto 18 inch black Tahitian South Sea cultured pearl necklace. Design #XNB11018NS9397. Excellent lustre and nacre thickness. 9.8mm 18k white gold catch with Mikimoto ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Cultured Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Pearl, 18k Gold, Gold, White Gold

Wood and Fresh Water Pearls Sautoir by Marion Jeantet
Located in Paris, FR
Wood and fresh water pearls sautoir. In the day time you can wear it in a relaxed fashion, at night with a cosmopolitan elegance. It looks good with all life styles. Created by Mario...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl

Pink Sapphire Diamond South Sea Pearl Earrings 1.41 Carat 18 Karat Rose Gold
Located in New York, NY
18K White gold drop earrings featuring a cluster of 34 pink sapphires weighing 1.07 carats and 12 diamonds weighing 0.34 carats with two South Sea Pearls measuring 12-13 mm.
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Pink Sapphire, Rose Gold

19th Century Natural Pearl Coral 18 Karat Yellow Gold Opening Medallion
Located in Poitiers, FR
Madllion in 18 karat yellow gold. Oval, smooth, this charming antique pendant is adorned with an 8-pointed star, the center of which is a coral cabochon, as well as the four cardinal...
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Late 19th Century Napoleon III Antique Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl, Natural Pearl, Coral, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Maviada’s Diamond Mother of Pearl, 18 Karat Gold, Reverse Cut Blue Topaz, Small
Located in GB
As seen in Wallpaper* -- These gorgeous natural Mother of Pearl drop earrings in 18k yellow gold and reverse diamond smooth cut natural blue topaz, are new to our Collection this yea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl, Topaz, Blue Topaz, Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Faye Kim 18k Gold South Sea Baroque Pearl Pendant on Chain
Located in Westport, CT
Simply beautiful, Faye Kim's White South Sea Baroque Pearl Pendant is finished with an 18k Gold* Granulation Bail on an adjustable Cable Chain. *Faye Kim's signature green gold is ...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold

Alex Soldier South Sea Pearl Diamond Gold Cocktail Ring One of a Kind
Located in New York, NY
The wave, as it twists and swirls in a mesmerizing vortex, sweeps up a treasure from the depths of the ocean – a beautiful pearl, as light as a drop of water. Alex Soldier’s Twist co...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Black Diamond, Pearl, Natural Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Gold, 18k...

Bulgari "Allegra" Gem-Set Line Pendant Necklace in 18K Yellow Gold
Located in Washington, DC
"Allegra" pendant necklace, designed as a line of multicolored gemstones including an oval-shaped cabochon amethyst, heart-shaped cabochon pink tourmaline, emerald-cut blue topaz, em...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Pearl Jewelry

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Amethyst, Diamond, Cultured Pearl, Peridot, Tourmaline, 18k Gold, Yellow...

Ella Gafter Bee Pearl Diamond Sapphire Pin Brooch
Located in New York, NY
This pearl and diamond bee brooch features a South Sea pearl of 17.5mm diameter. The flexible wings are set with custom cut tinted paua shell topped by transparent crystal. The desig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Pearl Jewelry

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Diamond, White Diamond, Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Sapphire, Ruby, Blue Sap...

Shimmering Spray of Pearls, Leaves and Diamonds 14 Karat Yellow Gold Brooch Pin
Located in Tustin, CA
Very flowing, three dimensional, cluster of lustrous ivory tone pearls with leaves design vintage estate brooch pin is depicted in 14 karat yellow gold. It is accented with rows of w...
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20th Century Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Gemjunky 19" Silvery Fresh Water Cultured Pearls with Gold Plated Clasp
Located in Tuxedo Park , NY
Goldy silvery and whitish cultured fresh water Pearls accented with little checkerboard gem cut Moonstones with a hammered gold plated clasp. The colors glisten differently in diffe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Natural Pearl, Gold Plate

Multicolor Pink Freshwater Baroque Pearl Necklace 24"
Located in New York, NY
This natural color Pink Freshwater Baroque pearl necklace features fine quality, high luster 9x10mm pearls. The necklace is silk-knotted and measures 24" in length with a metal push ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl

18kt White and Rose Gold, White Diamonds, Blue & Pink Sapphires, Pearls, Ring
Located in Bangkok, TH
White and Rose Gold, White Diamonds 0.73 cts, Pink Sapphires 2.25 cts, Blue Sapphires 0.70 cts , Pink South Sea Pearl bottom shape 1 pc 14 mm, Silver Blue Tahitian Keshi 8 pcs ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, Pink Sapphire, Pearl, R...

Marina J. Pearl and Hematite Necklace with Diamonds and 14 Karat Gold Clasp
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
This stunning necklace is sure to take people's breath away this holiday season! The necklace is made with a ladder-like deign, consisting of small hematite beads and and small white...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Hematite, Pearl, White Gold

1990's South Sea Pearl 27.30cts Diamond Platinum Dangle Necklace
Located in Miami, FL
Be the center of attention with this stunning South Sea Pearl Diamond Platinum Dangle Choker Necklace weighing approximately 88.2 grams. Expertly crafted in solid luxurious Platinum...
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1990s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Platinum

14 Karat Yellow Gold Pearl and Red Stone Stickpin
Located in Orimattila, FI
14 Karat Yellow Gold Pearl and Red Stone Stickpin No Stamp.
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20th Century Late Victorian Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl, Yellow Gold

18 Karat Rose Gold Pendant with 3 Fine Pearls
Located in Vannes, FR
18 Karat Rose Gold Pendant with 3 Fine Pearls Antique 18 Karat rose gold pendant, one part is delicately brushed. 3 fine pearls are positioned on the pendant. Length of the pendan...
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1890s Artisan Antique Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl, Rose Gold

Pearl with Diamond Flower Earrings Set in 18 Karat White Gold Settings
Located in Bangkok, TH
Pearl with Diamond 0.29 carat Earrings set in 18 Karat White Gold Settings Width: 2.6 cm Length: 2.6 cm Total Weight: 18.69 grams "We first opened doors in 1980 when it was then...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold

14 Karat Gold Cream Freshwater Pearls, Net Mobius Center Piece
Located in Herzeliya, IL
Unique Pendant Necklace 14k Solid Gold Necklace for Women Unique Necklace Bridal 14k Jewelry Necklace Design READY TO SHIP 11mm Freshwater pearls beaded necklace gold Mobius pen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Freshwater Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold

Ella Gafter Pearl Bee Sapphire Brooch Pin
Located in New York, NY
This pearl and diamond bee brooch features a South Sea pearl of 17.5mm diameter. The wings are set with custom cut frosted crystal. The design is complete with a faceted drop shape b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Pearl Jewelry

Materials

White Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Diamond, Ruby, Blue Sapphire, Pearl, Sap...

White Diamond South Sea Pearl 18 Karat Gold Cufflinks Made in Italy
Located in Bussolengo, Verona
Refined and elegant pair of cufflinks made of 18Kt gold. Gold Australian pearls have a very beautiful silky color and are unmarked. Each piece is made of a Australian pearl of about ...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

South Sea Pearl, White Diamond, 18k Gold, Gold

South Seas Pearl Platinum Ring
Located in Solvang, CA
Estate South Seas pearl platinum ring. This platinum ring features a 15-15.5mm South Seas pearl center that is a fine medium gray with a pinkish overtone. It is accented with 1.16 ca...
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Early 2000s Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, South Sea Pearl, Platinum

Art Deco' Platinum Diamond and Natural Pearl Brooch
Located in Firenze, IT
Art Deco BROOCH in platinum 850 / °° entirely set with half-cut diamonds alternating with squares and baguettes. Total diamond weight: approximately 5 ct (0.60 ct for the two baguett...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Natural Pearl, Platinum

Moiseikin 18 Karat Gold Mabe Pearl and Sapphire Ring
Located in Hong Kong, HK
20mm size breath-takingly beautiful Mabe Pearl is artistically mounted in tender flower design decorated with multiple colour sapphires. The shimmer with a rainbow effect captures yo...
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2010s Contemporary Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pink Sapphire, Diamond, Cultured Pearl, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold

Antique 18K Yellow Gold Photo Holder Pendant with Rubies and Fine Pearls
Located in Vannes, FR
Antique 18K Yellow Gold Photo Holder Pendant with Rubies and Fine Pearls 18 karat yellow gold handmade decorations on the front and back. In the front are positioned 5 Rubies, in th...
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20th Century Artisan Pearl Jewelry

Materials

Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage and Antique Pearl Jewelry

The pearl has been synonymous with ladylike elegance since the Tudor period — learn what to look for when shopping for vintage and antique pearl jewelry as well as how to tell the origin of a pearl with our handy primer.

Every woman at some point in her life desires a simple strand of pearls. They are elegant, timeless, versatile — just ask Coco Chanel or Jacqueline Kennedy — and valuable. In 1917, Pierre Cartier famously traded a double-strand of natural pearls for a Fifth Avenue mansion, the Cartier brand’s flagship store ever since. And if you were born in the beginning of summer, pearl is the June birthstone.

It is possible to tell where a pearl originated from its appearance. Akoyas are usually round and white — the classic pearl, if you will. South Sea pearls are normally larger and vary in color; orangey yellow ones are not uncommon. Tahitian pearls are mostly black but can also be gray or brown, and between the Akoya and the South Sea varieties in size. Freshwater pearls, or Orientals, run the gamut in terms of color and size, but in shape, they tend to resemble Rice Krispies. Another important distinction is a round pearl versus a baroque pearl. A round pearl is self-explanatory, but there are two types of baroque pearls: symmetrical and asymmetrical. In general, the symmetrical variation commands a higher valuation. Within a strand of pearls, uniformity is prized — the more the individual pearls resemble one another, the more valuable the strand.

According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the earliest recorded mention of a pearl was in 2206 BC by a Chinese historian. Centuries later, Christopher Columbus made it a point to visit pearl fisheries during his 15th-century exploration of the Caribbean. Since the late-19th century, the Japanese have been at the forefront of cultivating pearls, when jeweler Kokichi Mikimoto successfully cultured the world’s first pearl in 1893.

On 1stDibs, find vintage and antique pearl necklaces, pearl earrings and other accessories.