Pearls for engagement rings are trending. The idea may have started with Emma Stone’s sweet white akoya pearl, diamond, and gold style, but myriad other starlets have picked up the trend and are running with it. Think Michelle Williams, whose white pearl ring cemented her engagement to director Thomas Kail, and Ariana Grande’s engagement ring featuring an oval-shape diamond cozying up to an heirloom white pearl from her grandparents. Wearers will need to be more careful with daily wear—pearl is just a 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, meaning it scratches more easily than other more durable stones—but the tenderhearted state of mind of the bearer could extend to her dearest accessory.
Emma Stone and Dave McCary with their pearl engagement ring.
Ariana Grande in her pearl and diamond engagement ring
Ring in 18k white gold with a 16–17 mm white South Sea pearl and 1.33 cts. t.w. diamonds, $18,000; available online at Baggins Pearls
This ring took the Wedding Day award in the 2020 International Pearl Design Competition from the CPAA.