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The allure of the oddly-shaped pearl and the pieces we absolutely adore

It isn’t often that we’re into something that classifies as ‘oddly-shaped’, but here we are.

Whilst we’ve long been subscribers of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s FC, and sport a string of pearls at any given opportunity, there’s no denying that we’ve also seen the silent rise of another style of pearl. The oddly-shaped pearl. The imperfect pearl. You know, the raw, organic, kind of pearl.

It’s difficult to find the right words, but we think you get the gist. They’ve been popping up everywhere, as a beautiful and beautifully natural alternative to the classic, immaculately round pearl. They often shimmer in a lot more hues with pinks and purples galore, and they are often the lesser-formal, more everyday-friendly kind of accessory. They also happen to make for the ideal weekend trip attire.

To get you inspired (and to get you to join our Oddly-Shaped FC), here, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite raw and organic pearl pieces of the minute. Bring on these little artworks of the sea.

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There’s something about ‘imperfect’ pearls that feels very abstract — and most fabulously so. Inspired by the “colours and textures of Iceland, in all their soft, shimmery, icy beauty,” these Melissa Joy Manning earrings (approx. THB 6825) exemplify this to perfection. They’re handcrafted from recycle 14-karat gold, with a set of lustrous Keshi pearls to preserve their very unique shape.

Gold and pearls are and undying combination, as evident in this Anissa Kermiche necklace (approx. THB 7713). The ‘Two Faced Shelley’ piece features a baroque shape, made from gold-plated sterling silver. It rests high on the collarbone (but is not quite a choker), for a modern and chic way to flaunt any neckline.

Blue (or turquoise) is the warmest colour. We love Éliou for all their playful designs, and this Gela necklace (approx. THB 4881) does not disappoint. Perfect for your next beach trip, it combines vibrant turquoise beads with sculptural baroque pearls. Perfect on its own or stacked with other necklaces.

Continuing on with the beach theme, we really fell for these adorable Begüm Khan clip earrings (approx. THB 26,975). An homage to the founder’s home town of Istanbul, the ‘Tortuga Florence’ pair is inspired by the tortoises that roamed the sultan’s garden during the Ottoman Empire. Four strands of freshwater pearls dangle from each of the tortoises in this pair, gently swaying against the jawline with every move.

The allure of the oddly-shaped pearl and the pieces we absolutely adore

Lisa Gries

Creative Content Director, Bangkok

Lisa is the Creative Content Director at Lifestyle Asia Thailand. When she’s not knees-deep in web algorithms, editorial calendars, or traffic-driving strategies, you’ll likely find her in downward-facing dog at the yoga studio, or immersed in conversation at a secret bar in China town. Lisa writes mostly on dining, travel, and pop-culture, and is a huge fan of soup dumplings, Riesling, and power napping — in exactly that order.

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