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There are a few jewelry pieces that really stand the test of time, and if you’re looking for something that can walk the line of power and proper, pearls are it.

When hunting for a powerful pearl piece of your own, consider the below options! These necklaces come with upcycled, Akoya, or freshwater pearls, all of which are responsibly sourced. For the most sustainable option, look for vintage or heirloom pearls since they’re already sourced and created; here’s a guide on how to look for vintage jewelry, pearls and all. 

1. Mejuri, $85

For a subtle look, we love Mejuri’s Tiny Pearl Necklace made with vermeil (18K solid gold on sterling silver) and freshwater pearls. The little cultured pearls are responsibly sourced from oysters and mussels since Mejuri is committed to transparency and traceability throughout its supply chain. This pearl piece is versatile enough to use as a necklace or choker.

2. Brilliant Earth, $95

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For a classic pearl pendant that goes with everything, we love the Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Pendant from Brilliant Earth. This ethically sourced pearl is as elegant as it gets, small enough for everyday wear but featuring a brilliant luster that is truly eye catching. The San Francisco-based brand is certified carbon free, known for its ethically sourced gemstones and recycled precious metals, so you can feel good about your new bling.

3. ABLE, $60

For a twist on the pendant, we love the Lindley Pearl Necklace from ABLE. This dainty cluster of five pearls features a mix of oval white cultured pearls with oval baroque freshwater pearls on a dainty figaro chain. Wear it layered or on its own, you can’t go wrong! We especially love ABLE’s lifetime guarantee, which means it’s designed to wear forever—and the brand will replace or repair it if needed.

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4. Yam, $112

Chokers are back, baby! Yam’s Bonar Pearl Choker is made with vintage and ethically sourced pearls as well as gold. Chokers are handmade in Astoria with a one- to two-week turnaround time, and you can choose from three pearl options and between gold fillings or plates. We love the idea of layering this piece.

5. Aurate, $250

Aurate’s Simple Pearl Necklace is the epitome of delicate and dainty. Available in white, rose, or yellow 14K gold, each chain comes with a single sustainably sourced Akoya pearl. Like most Aurate pieces, necklaces are made-to-order in New York City, and they come with a certificate of authenticity, a lifetime guarantee, and insurance.

6. Ana Luisa, $49

For an ethical, sustainable, and affordable pearl necklace, Ana Luisa’s Mini Naomi checks all the boxes. This versatile piece is outfitted with a high-quality freshwater pearl and an eco-brass chain, and we love that it can be paired with almost any outfit. Produced in small batches to minimize waste, the Ana Luisa team also invests in carbon-neutral practices, including environmental initiatives and recyclable packaging. 

7. Wwake, $515

Wing Yau of Wwake is known as the Queen of Opal, and her work on the Pearl Collage Necklace is just as grand. This asymmetrical string comes from freshwater cultured pearls and solid 14K gold, available in one of two lengths (and an extender option!). When you purchase through Catbird, you’re also supporting a women-owned and operated business that gives back to numerous causes every year.

8. Wolf Circus, $198 CAD

Channel your inner VP (or Audrey Hepburn!) with the Lola Pearl from Wolf Circus. Using a lost wax casting process, the Vancouver-based brand makes these pearl necklaces from recycled bronze and 14K gold along with freshwater pearls. This demi-fine jewelry is available for delivery to Canada and the US.

9. Wild Fawn, £264

UK friends, you can honor the United States’ first female VP too (and nod to the Queen) with Wild Fawn’s gorgeous Silver Classic String of Pearls Necklace. 😉 This made-to-order necklace is ethically handmade in London, using sustainably sourced freshwater pearls, recycled silver, and plastic-free packaging. Wild Fawn teams up with Buy 1, Give 1 initiative to give back to a different worthy cause worldwide each month.

Featured image is from Mejuri