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Emma Stone has one, Michelle Williams has one, and now, so does Ariana Grande.

We’re talking about pearl engagement rings, the most unexpected wedding jewellery trend to have emerged in the past year.

Of course, we’ve been seeing pearls everywhere for a while now. The organic gem is very much in fashion,  especially those of the misshaped, freshwater variety. We’ve seen them strung on necklaces or dangling from earrings on the runways of Gucci, Givenchy, Jil Sander, Simone Rocha — just to name a few.

Even men are wearing them. Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo, having noticed that they look good in them, launched a unisex pearl collection with Japanese jeweller Mikimoto this year as well.

“The pearl is very classic, but it is, at the same time, an indispensable item for its timelessness,” explained Mikimoto’s managing director, Yasuhiko Hashimoto, about the appeal of the natural gem. Pearls as adornment — that’s something we can all appreciate. The gem has graced the finery of royals for centuries, after all. What’s surprising is that more brides are also embracing pearls as a symbol of love, dedication and commitment.

(Photo credit: Ariana Grande / Instagram)

As far as engagement rings go, pearls are an unconventional choice for many reasons. They rank only 2.5 on the Mohs scale, which makes them susceptible to scratches. (For comparison, diamonds rank the highest at 10.) The milky orbs are also porous; to preserve their mesmerising lustre, you’ll have to avoid everything from chemicals (soaps and hair spray are a big no-no) to cosmetics (apply your perfume before slipping the ring on). For maintenance, wiping gently with a clean, soft and dry cloth is generally advised.

Who wants to go through all the trouble? Perhaps the same people who would like to put in the same love, dedication and commitment into their future marriage. In that sense, a pearl ring is the most romantic thing you can choose to wear on your wedding day. Below, we’ve listed some beautiful designs to treasure for a lifetime.

Header photo credit: Kataoka

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