Unlike most gems, pearls are available in a wide range of colours, giving you even more choice about how your jewellery will look. Here are a few tips if you are trying to decide on a colour of pearl that will suit your style.
White or cream is undeniably the classic look, and may be the best bet if you are after traditional pearl jewellery. For example, a simple strand of cream pearls is always going to be a safe choice for wearing to formal occasions and, while fashions may change, such a well-established piece will never go out of style. White or cream is also an ideal choice for bridal jewellery as it will enhance the gown without overshadowing it or clashing.
Black can work in a couple of ways. Firstly, it's great if you want to be bold and show that you can appreciate style without being bound by convention. Secondly, it can work in simple pieces such as a bracelet or necklace with alternating black and white pearls. While this creates a fashionable, contemporary look, ironically it is believed to have initially been adopted by Queen Elizabeth the First.
Reds are the primary choice for passion, whether you are displaying your own personality or buying a gift for a loved one. You can also go for softer pinks if you want to put the emphasis on romance.
Blues and greens work well to create a more relaxed style, particularly in bracelets that are made in a less traditional, more creative style. With pearls, these colours tend to be paler, which adds to the calming effect.
Purples and browns are great for more modern-looking pieces, particularly ones with chunkier or more unusual shapes that look great without seeming too formal.