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April 19, 2022

22 Best Pearl Bridal Jewelry Sets

How To Find Stunning Pearls for Your Big Day at Up to 80% off Retail Prices

Pearls are the perfect complement to any wedding dress or ensemble. They’re timeless, gorgeous, and look great on your wedding day and for many years after.

However, there’s a wide range of pearl jewelry available for brides and bridesmaids ⁠— much of it low-quality and over-priced. In fact, most pearl jewelry from big bridal retailers doesn’t even contain real pearls. Instead, they use coated glass to create white orbs that roughly look like a pearl from a distance.

Such pieces are typically inexpensive ⁠— often under $100, but still overpriced for what they are. In fact, in that same price range you could get a set of real pearls from an online boutique like Pure Pearls.

Below we’ll walk you through the best pearl bridal jewelry sets in each category, including:

  • Best value pearl sets ⁠— luxury-grade pearls that’ll cost a few hundred dollars and can compete with jewelry many times more expensive.
  • Luxury pearl retailers ⁠— pearls from well-known, high-end jewelry brands. These pearls are high quality, but you’ll pay extra for the brand name.
  • Imitation and low-end pearls ⁠— fake or extremely low-end pearl sets that work if you’re on an extreme budget.

Best Value Bridal Jewelry Sets

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If you want pearls that will look amazing on your wedding day AND for decades afterwards, this is the category for you. All the pearl jewelry sets listed below are high quality, real pearls that will look stunning in pictures, as you’re walking down the aisle, and up close.

All of the sets in this section feature one of two kinds of pearls:

  • Freshwater Pearls: Freshwaters have a beautiful soft glow, are very durable, and are the most affordable of real pearls.
  • Akoya Pearls: Japanese Akoyas have a high shine and luster (the measure of how much and how well pearls reflect light). Akoyas are arguably THE classic pearl most people think of when picturing a pearl necklace.

Either one works very well for a wedding, so the choice depends on your preference and budget. Freshwater are a little more casual and versatile, and Akoyas a bit more formal. Both will look fantastic on your wedding day or during special occasions after your wedding.

Freshwater Pearl Bridal Jewelry Set

This is one of our best-selling sets for brides ⁠— and for good reason. The 7.0-7.5mm size is incredibly versatile, and the AAA grade offers a great mixture of quality and affordability.

Styled shot of model wearing Pure Pearl's Freshwater Pearl 3-piece Jewelry Set in color white
Details of what's included in the 3-piece White Freshwater Pearl Set - Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings

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Or, Just Get the Necklace and Earrings
If you don’t want a bracelet, you can just buy the necklace and earrings for a surprisingly low price.

Flatlay shot of 7.0-7.5mm Freshwater Pearl Necklace & Earrings Set
Styled shot of model wearing the Freshwater Pearl Necklace & Earrings in 7.0-7.5mm size

This set will compete with offerings from many high-end pearl brands, while offering a tremendous value.

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Freshwater Pearl Pendant & Earrings Set for Brides

This next set is sold as two separate units, which gives you a bit more flexibility to mix and match.

First, take a look at the pendant. Pendants are versatile and flexible ⁠— you can mix pearls with diamonds or other gemstones to match your dress, or get a real pearl that would otherwise be out of your price range.

Take this pendant for example:

Styled photo of female model showcasing the Freshwater Pearl Dangling Diamond Pendant
Detailed shot of 9mm Freshwater Pearl Dangling Diamond Pendant

It features dazzling, high-quality diamonds and a large 9-10mm freshwater pearl. A full string of 9-10mm pearls would typically cost thousands, but this piece is a tenth of the price.

This combo will make your pearls pop and add some visual interest to your outfit without being overwhelming.

9mm White Freshwater Round Pearl Stud Earrings detailed shot
Right side of model's face wearing the 9mm White Freshwater Round Pearl Stud Earrings

For earrings, we’d recommend this set of simple, 9mm Freshwater pearls. They match the necklace’s pearl size perfectly and offer elegant simplicity that works with any dress or style.

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Akoya Pearl Bridal Jewelry Set

If you want a step up in terms of shine and overall presence, try this set of matching Akoya pearls. This set again features a popular and versatile 7.5-8mm size, and comes in a variety of lengths that work for any dress or neckline.

3-Piece White Japanese Akoya Pearl Jewelry Set worn by model in 7.5-8.0mm
Detailed shot of jewelries included the 3-piece White Japanese Akoya Pearl Set - Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings

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If you’d rather forego the bracelet, try the necklace-earring set (identical in every way, with the exception of the bracelet).

Flat lay shot of White Japanese Akoya Pearl Necklace & Earring 2-Piece Set
Female model wearing the 7.5-8.0mm White Japanese Akoya Pearl Necklace and Earrings Set

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In general, Akoyas are a bit more expensive because they’re considered a high-end gem and will elevate your entire wedding ensemble. Still, when you buy from Pure Pearls you’ll save up to 80% on ultra-luxury prices, and get pearls that can compete with much more expensive labels.

Akoya Pearl Pendant & Earrings Set for Brides

This akoya pendant is another one of our most popular designs, and for good reason. With a single diamond accent and ornate jewelry work, this pendant exudes wedding-day elegance.

Styled shot of model wearing 8.0-8.5mm Akoya Pearl & Diamond Symphony Pendant
Closer shot showing details of Akoya Pearl and Diamond Symphony Pendant

Pair the pendant with matching dangle earrings to round out the set.

Detailed product shot of Akoya Pearl Symphony Earrings
Close up shot of model wearing 8.0-8.5mm AA+ Akoya Pearl Symphony Earrings

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Designer Pearl Bridal Jewelry Sets

These ultra-luxury brands create pearl jewelry that’s high quality and comes with a price tag to match. Like most designer brands, you pay for the label.

Quite frankly, you probably won’t be able to tell the difference between pearls from these brands and ours here at Pure Pearls. If you want ultra-premium jewelry (think $50,000 per necklace or more), these brands may offer the best selection. But such pieces are likely overkill ⁠— even for your wedding day.

Mikimoto Pearl Bridal Jewelry Sets

Mikimoto is arguably the highest-end pearl brand. They’ve been selling pearls exclusively for over a hundred years and are known for offering ultra high-end pearls that no other brand can match. In recent years they’ve expanded to offer more relatively affordable pieces, but they’re still untouchable for most consumers.

For reference, the sets we list below are all in the affordable Mikimoto range, and start at about $5000 for a necklace and earrings.

Mikimoto Morning Dew Pearl Jewelry Set

This set features a simple pendant by Mikimoto standards, which brings the price down to a reasonable (for Mikimoto) $2000 for the pendant and $3000 for the earrings.

Mikimoto Morning Dew Akoya Cultured Pearl Pendant in 18K White Gold
Mikimoto Morning Dew Akoya Cultured Pearl Earrings in 18K White Gold

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Mikimoto Embrace Pearl Jewelry Set

The second Mikimoto combo we’ll look at is from the Embrace line. This line features more ornate jewelry work to complement their high-end Akoyas.

Mikimoto Embrace White South Sea Pearl Diamond Stud Earrings
Mikimoto Embrace Akoya Cultured Pearl Pendant in 18K White Gold

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Note: At the time of writing the white earrings from the embrace line were out of stock on the Mikimoto website. We list J.R. Dunn as an alternate source, but be sure to check the Akoya site for updates.

Mikimoto Classics Pearl Jewelry Set

No list of Mikimotos would be complete without a string of high-end pearls. This set comes in at $5800, which is inexpensive for Mikimoto. If you’d like to upgrade, Mikimoto offers strings of pearls up to $50,000 or more as well ⁠— just check out their website to learn more.

Mikimoto 18 Inch Akoya Cultured Pearl Two-Piece Gift Set in 18K Yellow Gold

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Tiffany Pearl Bridal Jewelry Sets

Tiffany is known for their high-end jewelry work and signature blue box. And while they’re not known primarily for pearls, they do generally offer high-quality pieces with unique designs. You’ll again be paying for the label here, but if you like ornate jewelry, Tiffany is worth a look.

Tiffany Victoria Pearl Jewelry Set

This first set is classic Tiffany. Notice the super-premium metals (platinum), diamonds, and ornate jewelry work. Also notice the high-end materials are combined with relatively entry-level Freshwater pearls. The pearls aren’t necessarily the centerpiece of the collection, but still fit beautifully into the greater whole.

Tiffany Victoria Earrings
Tiffany Victoria Pearl and Diamond Pendant

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Tiffany Signature Pearl Jewelry Set

Earrings are the star of this bridal jewelry set ⁠— notice the diamond-pearl combo that’s simple and elegant but a just bit unique. The necklace is a perfect match to the earrings, but not an exceptional value, especially compared to similar offerings from our shop at Pure Pearls.

Model wearing Tiffany Signature Pearls Pendant
Tiffany Signature Pearls Stud Earrings in White Gold with Diamonds

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Tiffany Ziegfeld Pearl Jewelry Set

Our final Tiffany bridal jewelry set comes from the Ziegfeld collection and features a string of freshwater pearls and studs to match. This is the perfect set if you want the classic Tiffany clasp and blue box with small, subdued pearls.

Tiffany Ziegfeld Pearl Necklace with a Silver Clasp
Tiffany Ziegfeld Collection Pearl Earrings in Silver

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Faux- and Low-End Pearl Bridal Jewelry Sets

If you’re on a shoestring budget and have your heart set on including pearls in your wedding aesthetic, these sets are worth a look.

None of these pearls will offer the same presence, luster, or shine as a set of real pearls. Plus the build quality of the jewelry will suffer ⁠— these pieces are only meant for a single use or a few lighter uses (e.g. on your wedding and a few major anniversaries).

David’s Bridal Pearl Jewelry Sets

All the pieces from wedding industry giant David’s Bridal feature imitation pearls and cubic zirconia rather than diamonds. Here are a few selections that might be worth a look on the cheaper end of the spectrum:

Haloed Faux Pearl Necklace and Earring Set

Get a halo of cubic zirconia stones surrounding imitation pearls.

Flay lay shot of David's Bridal Haloed Faux Pearl Necklace and Earring Set

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Pearl & Cubic Zirconia Leaf Necklace and Earring Set

Or try a leaf-themed necklace with faux-pearls and pear-cut diamonds:

Flat lay shot showing details of David’s Bridal Pearl Cubic Zirconia Leaf Necklace and Earring Set

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Pear-Cut Pendant Crystal Leaf and Pearl Set

And finally, a floral variation on the leaf-theme:

David's Bridal Pear-Cut Pendant Crystal Leaf and Pearl Set

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Anna Bellagio Pearl Jewelry Sets

Similar to David’s bridal, Anna Bellagio’s offerings feature cubic zirconia and glass pearls. But unlike David’s bridal, these prices creep over $100 (even close to $200), making a real pearl set a more appealing option 99% of the time.

Camelia Pearl Necklace and Earring Set

For a floral look try the Camelia faux-pearl set:

Model in bridal gown wearing Anna Bellagio Camelia Pearl Necklace and Earring Set

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Paulina Crystal and Colored Pearl Set

Or for a unique set of faux-pearls twisted to create a multi-layer necklace go for the Paulina:

Anna Bellagio Paulina Crystal and Colored Pearl Set

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Primrose Vine Necklace and Earring Set

Finally, the Primrose set is the exception in the Anna Bellagio lineup that features real freshwater pearls. These pearls still manage to sneak under $100 due to their oblong and irregular shapes, which wouldn’t meet the quality standards of most pearl brands.

Styled model wearing Anna Bellagio Primrose Vine Necklace and Earring Set

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Dareth Colburn Pearl Jewelry Sets

Unlike the previous budget selections, Dareth Colburn features real freshwater pearls in all of their sets. The pearls are small, low-quality and visibly irregular in size and shape even from a distance, but they’re also inexpensive.

Note: Unlike what the Dareth Colburn site says, freshwater pearls aren’t supposed to be irregular in shape and size. In fact, shape and uniformity are both prized features in all types of pearls, including Freshwater.

Simple Pearl Drop Jewelry Set

This set features simple drop (oblong) pearls in both the necklace and earrings. Notice the ridges on the face of the pearls and mismatched shapes. Ridges like this are most commonly seen in Tahitian pearls, which are associated with a bold, casual aesthetic.

Details of Simple Pearl Drop Jewelry Set by Dareth Colburn
Model bride wearing Dareth Colburn's Simple Pearl Drop Jewelry Set

Freshwater pearls are typically more refined, and so don’t usually come in baroque styles. Imperfections do help keep the price down though.

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Mismatched Modern Freshwater Jewelry Set

Dareth Colburn’s “Modern Freshwater” set features pearls of all shapes and sizes. These don’t count as baroque, but are simply mismatched, leading to rock-bottom prices.

Styled bride model wearing Dareth Colburn’s “Modern Freshwater” Jewelry Set
Details of Mismatched Modern Freshwater Jewelry Set by Dareth Colburn

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Primrose Pearl Jewelry Set

For just under $50 you can get this set of oblong, off-white pearls matched with floral cubic zirconia crystals. This set is similar in quality to other pieces from Dareth Colburn, but with a more unique floral design.

Details of Dareth Colburn's Primrose Pearl Jewelry Set showing handcrafted jeweled florals, off white pearls and crystal gemstones
Styled model wearing Dareth Colburn's elegant Primrose Jewelry Set

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Etsy Pearl Bridal Jewelry Sets

Quality and value varies highly from seller to seller when you shop on Etsy. Most listings we’ve seen feature budget-friendly, crafting-grade pearls, but you may find a diamond in the rough once in a while (so to speak).

You’ll likely get a slightly better deal on Etsy if you shop highly-rated stores, but none of the jewelry will hold a candle to higher-end options.

Crystal and Pearl Bridal Jewelry Set

For a dirt-cheap $25 you can buy a set of crystal and ivory-colored glass pearls. The seller and listing both have solid reviews.

Crystal and Pearl Bridal Jewelry Set on Etsy
Model wearing the Crystal and Pearl Bridal Jewelry Set

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Art Deco Pearl Bridal Jewelry Set

For a bit more, you can get a unique earring and necklace pattern from a Star Etsy seller. We recommend the standard 18” princess length, which brings the price to right around $68.

Bride wearing Art Deco Pearl Bridal Jewelry Set from Etsy
Details of Art Deco Pearl Bridal Jewelry Earrings and Necklace Set

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Pearl Back Drop Necklace Set

Finally, if you want a back-drop necklace (a necklace with a decorative strand that hangs down your back), try this selection.

Detailed shot of romantic Vanessa Pearl Back Drop Necklace Y Necklace
Close up shot of Vanessa Pearl Earrings

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FAQ: Pearl Jewelry and Your Wedding Day

Here are a few questions we commonly hear from brides about pearls and their big day.

What Do Pearls Symbolize in a Wedding?

Pearls symbolize wisdom, purity, love, and loyalty ⁠— all helpful characteristics for a healthy marriage. They’re especially fitting in the classic white, as white symbolizes purity and goes perfectly with traditional wedding attire.

Are Pearls Appropriate for a Wedding?

Pearls are absolutely appropriate for a wedding. In fact, along with diamonds, they’re one of the best and most traditional choices for a wedding celebration due to their classic, timeless elegance.

For example, check out this image of a 1920s wedding:

Wedding of Nancy and Clarrie Wieting, Brisbane, ca. 1925

Notice the string of classic pearls. Brides have been wearing pearls for decades ⁠— and will continue to do so for decades to come.

A Quick Guide to Pearls ⁠— And Where to Learn More

If you’re going to wear pearls on your wedding day, it pays to do a little research up front. Pearl grading especially can be a bit confusing, so even 15 minutes of reading is a great investment to help you find a set of pearls you’ll love and appreciate for years to come.

The best place to start is reading a bit about the four main types of pearls and how they’re graded:

The Four Main Types of Pearls

The four main types of pearls include Freshwater, Akoya, South Sea, and Tahitian pearls:

  • Freshwater pearls: Freshwater pearls are the most affordable and hardy, and come in a variety of colors. Natural colors include white, and a range of pinks, oranges, and light golds. Other colors are available, but only when the pearls are dyed.
  • Akoya pearls: Akoyas only come in white unless they’re dyed, and have the highest luster and brilliant shine of any pearl. Akoyas are versatile and work for a wide range of price points, though they’re typically more expensive than a similar Freshwater, and cheaper than a South Sea or Tahitian.
  • South Sea pearls: South Seas pearls are sometimes referred to as “The Queen of Pearls,” because they’re large, bold, and can easily act as the centerpiece for any outfit. They come in two colors ⁠— brilliant gold and bold white ⁠— and are very hard to produce.
  • Tahitian pearls: Tahitian pearls are known for their unique color. They only come in black, with a variety of blue, purple, and green overtones.

Pearl Grading and Quality Factors

The pearl grading system is much harder to navigate than any other gem, including diamonds. This is partly because pearls are graded on seven standard criteria, and partly because the specific pearl grading scale varies from company to company.

For example, Tiffany’s A-grade pearls are NOT equivalent in quality to Mikimoto’s. In fact, Mikimoto’s A and A+ pearls are closer in quality to most other brands’ AAA pieces.

Most brands use some version of the A-AAAA grading scale, but these grades are only useful for comparing pearls from one brand. Grades do NOT transfer across brands.

To really understand how pearls from different brands compare, you’ll need to read up on the grading criteria from each brand you’re considering. Read our guide to pearl grading to learn more.

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