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...