Kamala Harris' Inauguration Jewelry Puts a Spotlight on Pearls

Kamala Harris' Pearls
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The new VP is a high-profile fan of the traditional jewel, which is interpreted in new styles by Chanel, Tiffany, Breguet and more

From the moment Kamala Harris stepped on the national stage, her pearls have enjoyed the spotlight as a signature element of her look — and have spawned a comeback of this highly traditional gem. Sandra Oh, Tracee Ellis Ross and Harry Styles are among the stars to wear pearls at recent events. Here’s a wide-ranging, lustrous selection of the latest in pearl jewelry, including the custom necklace Vice President Harris wore for her Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony, which is available for special order.

1 “The Pearl Queen” ring highlighting one South Sea pearl surrounded by diamonds, set in 18-karat yellow gold, by Kapes Fine Jewelry; $2,850, kapesjewelry.com

2 The Wilfredo Rosado elliptical link chain necklace — crafted of Akoya pearls, diamonds and yellow gold —worn by the vice president at the inauguration; available for special order, price upon request, wrosado.com.

3 David Yurman's high-jewelry Stax South Sea pearl and diamond drop earrings; price upon request, davidyurman.com.

4 Chanel Fine Jewelry's Vaslav bracelet in yellow gold highlights two Australian cultured pearls amid 160 brilliant-cut diamonds; price upon request, at Chanel Fine Jewelry, Beverly Hills and chanel.com.

5 Breguet's Reine de Naples Perles Impériales white-gold ring features an Akoya pearl surrounded by diamonds; $25,500, at Breguet, Beverly Hills and breguet.com.


1 Tiffany Hardwear South Sea Golden Pearl Ring set in 18-karat yellow gold; $1,800, at Tiffany & Co., Beverly Hills, tiffany.com

2 Oscar Heyman’s Platinum Pearl and Diamond Necklace is crafted of 110 pearls and 58 round diamonds totaling 5.6 carats, all set in platinum; $54,000, at Oscar Heyman, New York, oscarheyman.com

3 Akoya cultured pearls are surrounded by diamonds in 18-karat white gold on Mikimoto’s Feather Collection earrings; $6,500, at Mikimoto, Beverly Hills, mikimotoamerica.com

4 Irene Neuwirth’s Large Gumball Lollipop earrings feature two round white cultured South Sea pearls and diamond pave set in 18-karat white and yellow gold; $11,680, at Irene Neuwirth, West Hollywood, ireneneuwirth.com

5 A pair of pearls are poised on hoops of 14-karat white gold embellished with diamond pave by Nicole Rose Fine Jewelry; $495, nicolerosejewelry.com

A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.