The baroque pearl, also known as irregular or oddly-shaped pearls have a certain brilliance to them.

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.

(Hero and Featured Image Credit: Pacharee)

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok.

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CompletedWorks necklace

Starting off our list with a beautifully contemporary piece, this CompletedWorks necklace aims to explore concepts of shape and space. It’s made from gold vermeil and threaded with delicate ceramic beads and sustainably sourced baroque pearls. Very artsy.

Price
approx. RM1,923
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Pacharee earrings

Pacharee is one of our absolute favourite brands when it comes to pearls. These earrings do not disappoint, with a design modelled after wisteria in the spring. Featuring gold-plated fastenings, the earrings are strung with pear-shaped peridots and freshwater pearls for a beautifully feminine look.

Price
approx. RM1,848
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3
Melissa Joy Manning earrings

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 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.

Price
approx. RM883
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4
Anissa Kermiche necklace

Gold and pearls are and undying combination, as evident in this Anissa Kermiche necklace. 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.

Price
approx. RM944
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5
Éliou necklace

Blue (or turquoise) is the warmest colour. We love Éliou for all their playful designs, and this Gela necklace 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.

Price
approx. RM599
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6
Begüm Khan clip earrings

Continuing on with the beach theme, we really fell for these adorable Begüm Khan clip earrings. 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.

Price
approx. RM3,331
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7
Kenneth Jay Lane earrings

A little bit bondage, a little bit nautic chic, these Kenneth Jay Lane earrings combine the elegance of the pearl with the contemporary of the stud. The clip earrings are cast from gold-tone metal and set with a faux baroque pearl encased in a cross-shaped kind of cage. Pair with an up-do to really flaunt them, and match them with any casual outfit for a cute everyday look.

Price
approx. RM247
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Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.