The Pearl Revolution

One of the hottest trends of 2022 is pearlcore. And one of the biggest groups to hop on the bandwagon is men.

Don’t believe it? Look no further than the stars: Drake, Pharrell, Jaden Smith,  and Harry Styles have all been spotted sporting this trendy yet classic gem. Guys aren’t shy about adding a little bling to their look, so what’s taken them so long to acquire this style? Hard to say, but if you think pearls are too feminine, think again. Check out baroque pearls which are as unique as the person wearing them. Intrigued? Read on to learn more about the pearl revolution.

Ever since their discovery, pearls have beloved as a gem, and revered for their unique, subtle beauty. Incredibly rare in nature, pearls have always denoted power and wealth. Pearls are the only jewel to be created by a living being. Pearls need no cutting or polishing to be beautiful, and each pearl is one-of-a-kind.

Until pearl culturing was invented a hundred years ago, pearls were reserved for the super-rich. Fashion maven Coco Chanel popularized inexpensive ropes of pearls for the masses, and a pearl strand became a staple item for every woman of quality in the 1950s. Pearls have experienced ups and downs since then. For example, celebrities like Madonna revived their popularity in the 80s. Michelle Obama proudly wore her pearls frequently while performing her duties as First Lady, and Vice President Kamala Harris don her Tahitian ‘power pearls’ to look effortlessly chic. But pearls have still been flying under the radar for some time — until now.

Fashion is cyclical. That said, no fashion trend ever repeats itself exactly. Today’s flared pants are not the bell-bottoms of the 1970s. And yet, a pearl strand looks much the same as anything your mother or grandmother might have worn decades ago. That doesn’t bother today’s man. If Travis Scott can wear diamonds to play b-ball, why shouldn’t Joc Pederson sport a pearl strand while he runs the bases?


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Gender fluidity is no doubt part of the reason for this sharp uptick in pearls’ popularity among men. There is a simultaneous trend toward nostalgia, harkening back to “the good old days” and classics including pearls. Iridescence and sparkle are also highly fashionable right now. Personal expression is yet another incredibly strong trend. All of these elements combine to create the perfect storm named pearlcore.

The pearl craze isn’t limited to jewelry, by the way. You’ll see pearlized clothes, shoes, accessories, even entire bags made out of pearls. Pearl nail art couldn’t be hotter. Pearlizing is popular in home decor as well, for everything from tiles to wall paint to countertops. People are even throwing pearl-themed parties. One of the best things about pearlcore is how easily it blends with other new trends as well as old faves. Whether you’re looking for something to wear on a weekend getaway or for an evening out on the town, pearls are the way to go.

You could do worse than hop on the pearl train. Pearls are beautiful, timeless, classic, and go with everything. You can even save space by sharing with your partner. Pearls deserve their place in the spotlight, and men should be proud to be seen wearing them.

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