The Perfect Pearl Earrings for Every Bride

Pearl earrings are a perennial favorite for brides. Aesthetically, they fit the occasion thanks to their glamorous luster and elegant personality. And because they're so versatile, pearl earrings can be worn long after your wedding. In fact, whether they're vintage pearl studs or on-trend drop earrings in a rose gold setting, pearl earrings are a staple of a jewelry collection.

Many lucky brides receive their first cultured or freshwater pearl earrings as a wedding gift. Traditionally, pearls worn as wedding earrings tended to be white, but modern brides can opt for black pearls (which are actually dark gray) or other shades, such as pale pink or nude.

Stud earrings are always a classic wedding look. Some studs are embellished with small diamonds or gemstones for extra glamour. And since a variety of shades are available, you can pick pearl earrings in tones to match your wedding colors. If pearl earrings are your only jewelry, you can also choose a style that is a true statement piece, such as dramatic teardrops or chic chandeliers. One of the best things about pearls is that they always look timeless and ladylike, no matter what the design.

Blue Nile Vintage-Inspired Freshwater Cultured Pearl and White Topaz Halo Wedding Earrings photo

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Blue Nile Vintage-Inspired Freshwater Cultured Pearl and White Topaz Halo Earrings

We absolutely love pearls accented with crystals, diamonds or other gemstones for a wedding: They possess classic charm and sparkle, the best of both worlds. These Blue Nile earrings are inspired by vintage designs and feature lustrous freshwater pearls set in 14k rose gold, a tone that blends beautifully with the pearls' color, creating a warm and elegant look. Surrounding the pearls is a wreath of 32 side round topaz gemstones in a bright, clear white. ($295;


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Kendra Scott Betty Rose Gold Stud Wedding Earrings In Ivory Pearl photo

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Kendra Scott Betty Rose Gold Stud Earrings In Ivory Pearl

These Betty rose gold mother-of-pearl stud earrings from Kendra Scott will delight the bride who wants genuine, quality materials at an affordable price. Mother-of-pearl is a material that makes up the inner layer of an oyster shell, as well as the outer coating of pearls. It's strong, scratch-resistant and beautifully iridescent. Set in rose gold, the mother-of-pearl material is faceted, giving it a modern appearance. They are the perfect size for versatility and provide the right amount of sparkle to be dressed up or down. ($60;

Kendra Scott Lee Rose Gold Drop Wedding Earrings In Ivory Pearl photo

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Kendra Scott Lee Rose Gold Drop Earrings In Ivory Pearl

The Lee design is yet another instant classic from Kendra Scott, particularly for the bride who seeks something a little different. Crafted into a classic oval shape, the Lee drop earrings in ivory mother-of-pearl are made of 14K rose gold plated over brass. The ear-wire style ensures that these earrings will dance around, allowing the iridescence of the mother-of-pearl to catch the light at every turn. We love that these earrings are made of natural materials, yet are so inexpensive. After the wedding, they will become a staple piece in your jewelry box. ($60;

Kendra Scott Cade Silver Stud Wedding Earrings In Ivory Pearl photo

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Kendra Scott Cade Silver Stud Earrings In Ivory Pearl

Once again, Kendra Scott has created a pair of gorgeous earrings from mother-of-pearl with the Cade style. These silver stud earrings feature a faceted piece of mother-of-pearl in an ivory color. These facets, along with the iridescence of the mother-of-pearl, bring some sparkle to a lovely bride. But as an extra touch, these earrings are encircled in pavé crystals for added shine. The result is a lovely earring in detail and texture. These earrings are a great choice for the bride, as well as for a maid and matron of honor to wear during the wedding. ($75;


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Tory Burch Simulated Pearl Stud Wedding Earrings in Rose Gold photo

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Tory Burch Simulated Pearl Stud Earrings in Rose Gold

When it comes to classics with a twist, Tory Burch is the go-to gal. She's like a fairy godmother: Everything she touches, even the most tried-and-true design, becomes more vibrant. Take these simulated pearl stud earrings. Set in 18k rose gold–plated brass, they're a beautiful blush tone. The crisp logo on top of the glass pearls adds a little extra. These could be worn in the wedding or they could be worn afterward, at the reception, if the bride changes into a classic cocktail dress. They're just the right size for an evening out or for daily wear, as well. ($78;

Rebecca Minkoff Solo Faux Pearl Huggie Wedding Earrings photo

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Rebecca Minkoff Solo Faux Pearl Huggie Earrings

We like the simple design, with a scattering of bling, of these huggie-style earrings by Rebecca Minkoff, a fashion and accessories designer known for her playful and subtly edgy designs. Set in rose gold-tone zinc, these pearls are suspended in dainty, crystal-encrusted hoops that drop down one inch. Not only is the design chic and fashion-forward, but the materials also create a lightweight earring that is comfortable to wear all night long. And the price is exactly right for a budget-minded bride. ($38;

Macy's Pink Cultured Freshwater Pearl, Pink Tourmaline & Diamond Accent Drop Wedding Earrings in Rose Gold photo

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Macy's Pink Cultured Freshwater Pearl, Pink Tourmaline & Diamond Accent Drop Earrings in Rose Gold

Getting married gives any fashionable lady the opportunity to think about investment jewelry beyond the engagement ring and wedding band. To that end, brides should consider these gorgeous earrings from Macy's that include classic gemstones: a cultured freshwater pearl in pink, pink tourmalines and diamonds. These gems make for a monochromatic palette that is simply romantic. And we love the design, which includes the marquise-shape pink tourmalines and accent diamonds in a classic round cut. ($750;


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Pink Cultured Freshwater Pearl (9mm) Drop Wedding Earrings in 14k Rose Gold photo

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Pink Cultured Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings in Rose Gold

These Macy's freshwater pearl earrings are crafted in such an unusual design. They remind us of the various design movements throughout history that have embraced organic, sleek silhouettes, including Danish Modern and Art Nouveau. The fish-hook style, in 14K rose gold, imitates a tender flower stalk from which a glowing, pink pearl emerges. The tones of pink and rose gold are beautiful together and the overall look is one of romantic modernity. These earrings are perfect for the bride who wants real pearls for her wedding and loves good design. ($375;

Stella & Dot Maddie Pearl Wedding Earrings photo

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Stella & Dot Maddie Pearl Earrings

Stella & Dot are faux, but they look incredibly natural. They dangle from a rhodium ring with a one-inch drop. These are a clean, classic look with a little something extra due to the design, so they are not your standard pair of studs. The pavé accent on the ring adds a little bling, but it's so subtle that you will have no problem wearing them after the wedding, either with a cocktail dress or with a blouse and trousers. Since these earrings aren't heavy, they are perfect for semi-casual wear. ($29;


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BHLDN Pax Pearl Stud Wedding Earrings photo

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BHLDN Pax Pearl Stud Earrings

These BHLDN earrings were handcrafted in the historic Madrid atelier of Spanish designer Anton Heunis, who combined pearls and crystals for a refined look. Heunis creates modern vintage jewelry inspired by childhood memories of his grandmother's dressing table, which was covered with enameled hairbrushes and Old World jewelry. Even though these earrings fall into the category of costume jewelry, they are made with quality imitation pearls and crystals from Swarovski, the premiere maker of faux gemstones. And since Heunis was formally trained as a goldsmith in Munich, Germany, he creates jewelry based on the aesthetic of fine jewelry, making these earrings a well-crafted wedding keepsake. ($90;

BHLDN Spire Pearl Wedding Earrings photo

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BHLDN Spire Pearl Earrings

These Ben-Amun earrings were designed and handmade in designer Isaac Manevitz's New York atelier, where he works with unusual materials such as Lucite, pewter, glass and crystal to create dazzling jewelry. With this spire design, glass pearls sway under an Art Deco style framework made of Swarovski crystal, pewter and antique silver plate. This geometric yet streamlined design is exactly why Art Deco jewelry remains a go-to style for glamorous occasions. These showstopping earrings are 2.5 inches long and hang from nickel-free posts. ($150;

BHLDN Pearl Blooms Earrings photo

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BHLDN Pearl Blooms Earrings

BHLDN Pearl Blooms earrings come from Theia, a San Francisco-based jewelry collection named after the Greek goddess of light. The collection's aesthetic includes delicate details, glamorous sparkle, and soft shapes and colors. These handmade drop earrings feature two freshwater pearls that hang from a dainty gold branch that is two inches long. Each earring is accented by a petite prong-set crystal in the center of a pair of gold leaves. The organic, spare beauty of the design is unusual and would be perfect for a refined bride. ($105;


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BHLDN Astera Pearl Wedding Earrings photo

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BHLDN Astera Pearl Earrings

Inspired by natural shapes and movement, LA-based design team Justin & Taylor are known for their intricate, delicate jewelry, such as these elegant drop earrings. The earrings are crafted by hand to form glittering vines of crystals, glass pearls and silver leaves that fall from a post closure. We love the natural shape of the glass pearls, which makes them look like authentic freshwater pearls. We also love their inherent drama, which is underscored by their size, which is 2 inches by .75 inches. These would be beautiful with a dress that features lace in a similar pattern. ($60;

Beck Jewels Lolita Rose Quartz & Freshwater Pearl Statement Wedding Earrings photo

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Beck Jewels Lolita Rose Quartz & Freshwater Pearl Statement Earrings

These stunning earrings are from Beck Jewels, a jewelry maker from Nordstrom's SPACE, a highly curated selection of accessories by emerging labels and advanced designers. The earrings' beauty begins with a hand-wired frame from which is suspended a rose-quartz teardrop haloed in delicate freshwater pearls. The quality of the materials, along with the slightly Eastern nature of the design, makes for a special pair of earrings for a singular bride. The nickel-free, hypoallergenic earrings feature 14k gold fill for their framework. ($345;

David Yurman Small Pearl Wedding Earrings with Diamonds photo

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David Yurman Small Pearl Earrings with Diamonds

For four decades, sculptor-turned-jewelry-designer David Yurman has inspired women with his everyday luxuries, such as diamonds set in silver. With these earrings, he began with sterling silver hardware and built upon it with cultured freshwater pearls that have been bleached to a snowy white color. What we love is the discreet addition of pavé diamonds (0.03 total carat weight) at each "corner" of the pearl. These earrings are beautifully made and are true investment pieces for one's jewelry wardrobe. They would make for the perfect wedding gift for the bride. ($350;


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Blue Nile Tahitian Cultured Pearl Drop Wedding Earrings in 18k White Gold photo

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Blue Nile Tahitian Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings in 18k White Gold

With these gorgeous Tahitian pearl earrings from Blue Nile, the bride can wear jewelry that is rare and exotic from the islands of French Polynesia. These organic gems are formed from the black lip oyster and are perfectly matched in size and color. Their luster is stunning, as these pearls have a flawless surface with a slight green overtone. The pearls are suspended from delicate 18k white gold hooks for a look that is streamlined and opulent. What a perfect wedding gift they would make. ($575;

Gemma Layne Pavé & Faux-Pearl Teardrop Earrings photo

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Gemma Layne Pavé & Faux-Pearl Teardrop Earrings

From Gemma Layne, these earrings look like they cost hundreds, despite being costume pieces made of zinc and glass on a sterling silver post. The faux pearls in a teardrop shape are so luminous they could be mistaken for real cultured pearls. They are tastefully encircled with in pavé crystals for added sparkle. The posts, which are also teardrop shaped, are covered in pavé crystals, too. These earrings are made for the bride who wants to shine and shine and shine some more. ($24;

Marchesa Double Drop Wedding Earrings photo

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Marchesa Double Drop Earrings

Fashion brand Marchesa is known for elegant evening wear and one-of-a-kind couture gowns. Named for a rich and extravagant fashion icon, the Marchesa Luisa Casati, the company creates designs that are exquisite and dramatic, as was Casati herself. So it makes perfect sense that Marchesa would craft this pair of double-drop earring that are incredibly detailed and feminine. We love that these chandelier styles include two large faux pearls apiece, as well as a generous scattering of seed pearls and crystals. These earrings look like something the Marchesa would have worn at her sumptuous parties at her Venetian mansion — and they will look just as stunning on a stylish bride. ($48;


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Belle Badgley Mischka Faux-Pearl Rhinestone Chandelier Statement Earrings photo

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Belle Badgley Mischka Faux-Pearl Rhinestone Chandelier Statement Earrings

Some brides want to bring on the bling for their weddings. This is easily achieved with these chandelier earrings from Belle Badgley Mischka, a costume jewelry line of exuberant styles created for maximum drama. As can be seen with these earrings, Belle Badgley Mischka jewelry is also vintage-inspired. These chandelier styles, encrusted in rhinestones and pearls, are direct descendants of Belle Époque jewelry of 1901 to 1915. That's when Queen Alexandra of Great Britain wore elaborate jewelry created with delicate and lacy designs scattered with glittering gemstones. These earrings are certainly regal and will make the bride feel as eye-catching as a queen. ($34;</p>