The Ultimate Guide to Pink Pearls and How to Wear Them


Pink pearls are one of the most popular pearl colors besides the classical white pearls (with a golden hue due to their nacre). While there are many other types of colored pearls besides pink, some of the more daring colors aren’t as popular as white pearls and pink pearls tend to be. Pearl fans usually start out by wearing white pearls first, then move on gradually to pearls with a twist. The most popular twist when it comes to color is trying pink pearls. Here is the ultimate guide on all you need to know if you’re interested in pink pearls and aren’t quite sure where to buy authentic pink pearls, what to look for and expect, or how to wear them.

Where Do Pink Pearls Come From?

You may have only heard of the concept of pink pearls until now from the famous Pink Pearl eraser which we all used to have around our desks, back when pencils were more frequently used, or as a color option for the Nintendo 3DS. But pink pearls are also a popular jewelry option, and although not every set of pink pearls you may encounter in shops has gained its color naturally, they do occur without human interference as well.

Obviously, for a set of higher quality pink pearls you will need to look for natural ones. Due to their authenticity, they can have a higher price range, but as long as you choose Akoya pearls from a trusted source, they should still be affordable. Their pink color can have beige or neutral-golden undertones, like this.

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Flower of white and pink pearls on a black silk as background


By comparison, pink dyed pearls (most frequently, these are freshwater pearls since this type is most suitable to be artificially colored) can have a brighter pink color, like in this picture here. The paint is very stable and professionally applied, so if you were to opt for dyed pink pearls, you wouldn’t have to worry about them leaving a stain on your clothes or skin.

Pink Pearls vs. White Pearls

white pearls and pink pearls comparison

White and pink pearls on the black velvet background


Traditionally, white pearls have been considered the ultimate symbol of elegance and almost a guarantee of a classy style. This is the reason for which white pearls, both of the Akoya and of the freshwater varieties, continue to be the most bought and sold pearls on the market. Coming up behind them are the delicate pink pearls, having become more and more popular especially in the past 3 decades, as part of a pink-toned bridesmaid outfit (but not limited to this occasion). Pink pearls are not more expensive than white pearls, and if you look for natural Akoya (cultured) or freshwater varieties, their price is actually more than affordable.

Pink pearls should be the next type of jewelry you try if you feel like making a change from white pearls or you prefer something bolder but still pastel-toned and delicate. Obviously, we recommend natural pink pearls, but the occasional touch of a bolder hyacinth tone for earrings or rings, for example, is more than welcome to make your outfit stand out. Feel free to browse our entire collection for inspiration.

5 Tips on How to Wear Pink Pearls

Whether you’re interested in pink pearls in order to match some necklaces and stud earrings to bridesmaid dresses or you’d like to go beyond that classic combination, we have the ideal tips to consider.

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Various natural shades of pink pearls.

1. Choose the shade of pink that best compliments your skin tone

White pearls are usually known to favor a fair complexion most, but that’s precisely why some alternative pearl colors are becoming more and more popular. Not everyone has the perfect porcelain complexion, but the various pink, roses or peach and beige-toned pearls are friendlier to warmer skin tones as well. Try to choose the color that fits you best (based on what you already noticed when choosing clothes or make-up shades). Whether the perfect shade for you is peach or Jaipur pink, there’s definitely the ideal pendant necklace or bracelet for you somewhere in jewelry shops.

2. Try to find a matching nail polish color

This is one of the most popular style effects which women who wear pink pearls are trying to achieve: a matching rose-toned pearly nail polish. If the pearly texture isn’t really the most popular shine finish in the nail polish formulas available nowadays, this all changes when pink pearls are involved. For a timeless beauty, you should look at you pink pearls and then try to get a matching color tone for your nails (and not so much for your clothes, unless you’re a bridesmaid).

3. Go for sets of matching color

set of pink pearl jewelry

A set of pink pearls (bracelet, earrings and necklace) is an ideal way to make the delicate and unusual color of your pearls stand out. If you’re willing to go further, also choose a matching pink pearl ring, or go bolder and make the pink tone of your pearl ring much more intense than the rest of the set. A single hot pink pearl ring can be just the right detail that makes your outfit feminine, but bold.

4. Try a contrast colored dress

Usually, pink pearls are meant to be worn directly on the bare skin (if the necklace isn’t too big and if your top displays enough cleavage to allow you to do that). Still, in the case of longer necklaces (or not), women tend to wear pink pearls to matching pastel or white outfits. This trend has been largely influenced by the bridesmaids’ fashion, but for non-wedding occasions, we think a bolder contrast would be a welcome twist. Wear the pink pearls with a dark colored dress, like purple, burgundy or black.

5. Choose pearly eye shadow to match

This is the only make-up tip you should follow when wearing pink pearls: dark eyeliner plus pearly eyeshadow are a heavenly combination. Try to find a creamy shade that matches that of you pink pearls. For the make-up of your lips, choose a lipstick in a stronger shade (cherry or simply a mauve), since the same kind of pale pearly pink would make your overall look too faded.

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