Thousands of women are celebrating Inauguration Day by wearing pearls — Here's why, and where to shop them

Kate Mendonca
·Shopping Editor
·2-min read

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UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 19: In this screengrab, Vice Presient-Elect Kamala Harris speaks during the "We Are One" celebration hosted by the Biden Inaugural Committee on January 19, 2021.The virtual event celebrates the Black community and African Diaspora on the eve of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.  (Photo by Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images) (Photo by Handout/Getty Images)
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris frequently turns to pearl jewelry for public appearances. (Photo by Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images)

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Over the years, many of us have found a signature style that stays with us through any occasion, and for U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, part of that style has included a timeless set of pearl jewelry.

Dating back to her days as a member of the oldest historically Black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, Harris has incorporated the jewelry into her wardrobe. Not only are they seen as a symbol of wisdom and serenity, the sorority also refers to its founders as the "Twenty Pearls" and calls its 290,000 members “pearls,” making them a sentimental choice for Harris.

Inspired by the United States electing its first woman, and first woman of colour, as Vice President, thousands of women around the world are celebrating by wearing their own pearls to mark the occasion. One Facebook group called "Wear Pearls on Jan. 20, 2021" has even grown to more than 450,000 worldwide members.

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With leagues of support from women across the country, online searches for pearl necklaces, earrings and bracelets are up collectively 189 per cent week-on-week, according to Lyst. Style icons like Harry Styles and Ariana Grande have also helped push pearls back into the spotlight, making it one of the most in-demand jewelry styles of 2021.

If you’re looking to add a little shine to your wardrobe, shop some of our favourite pearl jewelry styles below.

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Bold Pearl Hoop Earrings

Bold Pearl Hoop Earrings. Image via Mejuri.
Bold Pearl Hoop Earrings. Image via Mejuri.

SHOP IT: Mejuri, $125

Nura Biwa Pearl Bracelet

Nura Biwa Pearl Bracelet. Image via Monica Vinader.
Nura Biwa Pearl Bracelet. Image via Monica Vinader.

SHOP IT: Monica Vinader, $325

Blair Hera Pearl Initial Pendant

Blair Hera Pearl Initial Pendant. Image via Baublebar.
Blair Hera Pearl Initial Pendant. Image via Baublebar.

SHOP IT: Baublebar, $60 ($48 USD)

Cathleen 14k Yellow Gold Band Ring In Pearl

Cathleen 14k Yellow Gold Band Ring In Pearl. Image via Kendra Scott.
Cathleen 14k Yellow Gold Band Ring In Pearl. Image via Kendra Scott.

SHOP IT: Kendra Scott, $314

Brinker & Eliza Hudson Necklace

Brinker & Eliza Hudson Necklace. Image via Shopbop.
Brinker & Eliza Hudson Necklace. Image via Shopbop.

SHOP IT: Shopbop, $175

Sterling Silver with Gold Plate Hoop Earrings with Pearl Charm

Sterling Silver with Gold Plate Hoop Earrings with Pearl Charm. Image via ASOS.
Sterling Silver with Gold Plate Hoop Earrings with Pearl Charm. Image via ASOS.

SHOP IT: ASOS, $18

Half and Half Pearl and Cuban Necklace

Half and Half Pearl and Cuban Necklace. Image via Etsy.
Half and Half Pearl and Cuban Necklace. Image via Etsy.

SHOP IT: Etsy, from $55

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