The thick, round pearl necklaces you may find in your grandmothers jewellery box have had an upgrade. The modern pearl necklace is small, minimal and has become a staple in many peoples everyday looks.

Treasured for their soft, luminous appearance, pearls have come a long way since the glamour of the '50s and '60s. Today they're an everyday essential, layered with gold or silver necklaces for a refined yet sophisticated statement.

Many jewellery designers have started to highlight freshwater pearls, as they are not perfectly rounded which makes them all the more unique.

We've uncovered the best pearl necklaces to wear any day, any time. No need to wait until a special occasion.

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