Pearls Are Making A Comeback In More Ways Than One And Here’s Exactly How To Style Them

We spoke to celebrity stylist Nisha Grewal to find out all about this summer’s hottest accessory trend…

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by Georgia Aspinall |

Marylin Monroe, Princess Diana and Rihanna, what do they all have in common? A love of pearls. Between them, they have inspired three generations of women to embrace the timeless luxury of pearl jewellery, and this summer is no different.

According to new research by Thorntons, 57% of British women now own a piece of pearl jewellery, with a third of 18-24-year old’s snapping up a pearl accessory in the last six months. With both the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex also sporting the trend, it’s no surprise the Kate and Meghan effect combined has inspired such an upswing in the decadent, timeless accessory.

‘Pearls are a huge trend for this Spring/Summer,’ says celebrity stylist Nisha Grewal, ‘The best thing about an accessories trend is that it’s a really accessible way to update existing pieces in your wardrobe. Adding pearls in 2019 can elevate even the most basic of outfit and add a touch of luxury.’

In fact, our obsession with pearls has pushed the trend beyond even the fashion industry, with Thorntons themselves bringing out their very own edible treasures; Thorntons Pearls. Sharing the commonality of being both affordable and luxurious, the sumptuous chocolates are the perfect treat for friends and family. And now, the luxury chocolate makers have even recreated a selection of iconic pearl-wearing moments with the accessories made from chocolate - truly good enough to eat. Click through the gallery to see the Thorntons chocolate jewellery...

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‘Our research shows that eating luxury chocolate is our nation’s favourite affordable treat, and our new Thorntons Pearls make this experience available to all,’ said Ian Tweedale, Marketing Director at Thorntons, ‘Thorntons Pearls are available in two delicious and decadent flavours – Salted Caramel and Nutty Crunch - and are perfect for sharing or treating yourself.’

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But how do you style the real things? Do you channel your inner Princess Diana and stick to a statement necklace or should we be incorporating them into our wardrobes in subtler ways? Luckily for us, Nisha was on hand with her celebrity styling tips and tricks to answer all our pearl-related questions for this SS19 trend…

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'We're seeing pearls mixed with hearts, shells and other jewels and textures,' says Nisha, 'Don't feel confined to wearing only pearls. Mix in with your existing jewellery or simply add alongside gold hoops for a very current feel.'

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'If trying the trend for the first time, perhaps keep the rest of your outfit simple,' says Nisha, 'Pearls are an eye catching gem, so try opting for a statement pair of earrings or a bold necklace and let the pearls do the talking.'

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'Take pearls on holiday with you,' says Nisha, 'You can create a beach to bar look by adding a pair of beautiful pearl beaded sandals or pearl encrusted headband to your look.'

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'Try adding pearls to your occasion wear looks this season by adding a pearl hair slide or beaded bag, this gives an element of luxe whilst still having a contemporary edge,' says Nisha, 'As we're seeing pearls becoming more popular, looking through some of the latest red carpet looks is a great way to steal some inspiration for your own outfit.'

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'Don't be nervous, there are no rules,' says Nisha, 'Go with what makes you feel great, have fun and experiment! If you're testing the trend for the first time, why not borrow accessories from friends or family – playing with jewels you might not normally wear is a great way to explore new looks.'

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'Don't think that pearls are just a "dressy" accessory,' says Nisha, 'Try pearl earrings or a pearl cuff with a laid back casual look for added impact, every day. I personally love pearls with a grey cashmere jumper or tee! Tonally it's also very beautiful.'

Win a styling session with Nisha

Want to get your very own fashion tips from the celebrity-stylist expert herself? You (and a friend!) could be in with a chance! Thorntons are running a competition for one lucky Grazia reader and their chosen plus one to win a personal styling session with Nisha in London, on a set date in July or August. Enter by completing the competition entry form here. Full terms and conditions below*.

Interested in trying new Thorntons Pearls? Make the most of our exclusive reader offer by enjoying 20% off!

Thorntons Pearls are available exclusively from Thorntons stores and online at thorntons.co.uk.

To redeem your voucher in store, please visit your local Thorntons store, select your packs of Pearls and show this offer on your phone at the check-out to get 20% off. You can search for your local store here.

To redeem your voucher online, go to thorntons.co.uk, add Thorntons Pearls Salted Caramel or Thorntons Pearls Nutty Crunch 167g or 283g to your bag and use the code Grazia20 at the checkout to get 20% off - click here to start.

Ts & Cs for 20% reader offer

Offer available to Grazia readers in the UK and NI stores between 20/05/19 – 20/06/19. Subject to availability. Offer can be redeemed in Thorntons owned stores only or online at thorntons.co.uk. 20% discount will only be applied to Thorntons Pearls single boxes or giftset. No cash alternative for coupon offer.

To redeem in-store: purchase a box of Thorntons Pearls Salted Caramel and/or Nutty Crunch 167g or 283g and get 20% off when you show this offer on your phone at your local Thorntons owned store at the checkout.

To redeem online: go to www.thorntons.co.uk, add Thorntons Pearls Salted Caramel or Thorntons Pearls Nutty Crunch 167g or 283g, or the Thorntons Pearls giftset to your bag and use the code Grazia20 at the checkout to get 20% off.

*Terms and conditions for styling competition with Nisha Grewal

Short Terms and Conditions

Open to UK and ROI residents aged 18+ only. Open from 9am on 02/05/19 – 10pm on 20/06/19. Only one entry per person. To enter: complete a competition form here www.Thorntons.co.uk/thorntons-pearls and complete the entry form. No purchase necessary. Internet access required. Prizes: 3 x celebrity stylist, Nisha Grewal, fashion styling sessions. The prize will need to be taken on a set day in July or August in London, winners will be notified 10 days before such date and will need to make themselves available in order to claim the prize. For full Ts & Cs and prize details visit www.Thorntons.co.uk/thorntons-pearls. Promoter: Thorntons Limited, 889 Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 0HE.

Full Terms and Conditions

By entering this prize draw, entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions governing this promotion and by any other requirements set out in related promotional materials.

Entry is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents only aged 18 and over with the exception of employees of the Promoter or anyone else associated with the administration of this promotion.

The promotion will begin at 9am on 2nd May 2019 and closes at 10pm on 20th June 2019 (“Promotion Period”).

Only one entry per person.

No entries from agents, third parties or organised groups will be accepted. No bulk entries.

To enter: complete a competition in a Thorntons store or go to www.Thorntons.co.uk/thorntons-pearls, and complete the entry form during the Promotion Period.

No purchase necessary.

Internet access is required to enter.

Prizes: There are three prizes available to be won, each consisting of a celebrity styling session with Nisha Grewal for the winner and a friend.

Prize Conditions:

a. The celebrity stylist session will take place in London on a set date. Winners will be notified 10 days in advance of such date and will need to make themselves available to attend. Winners will need to confirm they can attend within one week of being notified of the date. If they cannot attend, no alternative dates will be offered and they will forfeit the prize.

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c. Travel costs of up to £500 per winner (£250 for the winner and £250 for their friend) will be covered by the Promoter. Accommodation will not be offered.

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The winners will be selected at random from all valid entries received after the end of the Promotion Period, under independent supervision. The winners will be notified by email or telephone to the email address/telephone number provided on the entry form by 28th June 2019. The winners will then have five days to respond to confirm acceptance of the prize, if a winner does not respond to the Promoter within this time, they will forfeit their prize and the Promoter shall select another winner at random from all remaining valid entries.

Proof of identity may be required before the prize is awarded to the winner.

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The Promoter accepts no responsibility for late, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, corrupted or misdirected entries, claims or correspondence whether due to error, omission, alteration, tampering, deletion, theft, destruction, transmission interruption, communications failure or otherwise.

All winners must, at the Promoter’s request, participate in reasonable promotional activity (such as publicity and photography) surrounding the winning of the prize, free of charge, and they consent to the Promoter using their name and images in promotional material.

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The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the promotion or accepting the prize. The Promoter further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with this promotion.

The Promoter reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this promotion with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

If a winning entry from a draw is deemed not to comply with these conditions of entry, the entry will be discarded and a new winner of the prize will be randomly selected.

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The surname name and county of the winners may be obtained by writing to Thorntons Contact Center, Thorntons Park, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 4XJ up to one month after the Closing Date, provided the winner has given their consent for their details to be shared.

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