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Why the pearl is an enduring gem of a top fashion idea

Katie Wright reveals the modern way of wearing pearls

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Undated Handout Photo of model wearing Olivia & Pearl Keshi Stud Earrings Pink with Sterling Silver, £80 (Ä86.42), available from Olivia & Pearl. See PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Earrings. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Earrings. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

Undated Handout Photo of model wearing Olivia & Pearl Keshi Stud Earrings Pink with Sterling Silver, £80 (Ä86.42), available from Olivia & Pearl. See PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Earrings. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Earrings. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

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1. Olivia & Pearl Keshi stud earrings, £80

1. Olivia & Pearl Keshi stud earrings, £80

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2. Astrid & Miyu rope and pearl hoops, £69

2. Astrid & Miyu rope and pearl hoops, £69

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3. Seol + Gold 9ct gold pearl hoop earrings, £89.90

3. Seol + Gold 9ct gold pearl hoop earrings, £89.90

4. Oliver Bonas marina shell and pearl earrings, £18

4. Oliver Bonas marina shell and pearl earrings, £18

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5. Thomas Sabo Heritage silver and pearl earrings, £159

5. Thomas Sabo Heritage silver and pearl earrings, £159

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Undated Handout Photo of model wearing Olivia & Pearl Keshi Stud Earrings Pink with Sterling Silver, £80 (Ä86.42), available from Olivia & Pearl. See PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Earrings. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Earrings. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

The fact that Vermeer's iconic Girl With The Pearl Earring was painted in 1665 is proof of the enduring appeal of mother of pearl, the milky white gemstone that naturally forms in the shell of a mollusk.

While it's hard to argue that pearl jewellery has ever really gone out of style per se, the shiny stone has rarely been on the cutting edge of fashion - until now.

Pearls are shaking off their fusty 'only your granny would wear them' reputation with beautiful, fashion-forward pieces that are proving very popular indeed.

According to fashion site Lyst, pearls are one of 2020's hottest jewellery trends, with searches for pearl drop earrings rising 25% year-on-year, and searches for pearl anklets jumping by 67% since the start of the year.

From investment pieces to cute costume finds, here are five of the best pairs of pearl earrings on the high street...

Belfast Telegraph