Bonhams celebrates International Women’s Day with Pearls Online


To celebrate International Women’s Day, Bonhams Jewelry Department is holding an online sale, Powerful & Pretty: Pearls Online from March 8th through the 12th, to mark the timeless power and beauty of the pearl.

Throughout history, pearls have been important symbols of grace and power, worn by iconic women figures from Vermeer’s elusive Girl with a Pearl Earring to Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Vice President Kamala Harris at the recent inauguration.

Coco Chanel and Marie Antoinette famously viewed pearls as the embodiment of sophistication, and Jackie Kennedy once said, “Pearls are always appropriate.”

The gem is an absolute essential in a powerful woman’s wardrobe. 

In this sale, Bonhams Jewelry has curated a selection of 60 pearl jewels from the 20th and 21st century, including earrings, necklaces, bangles, rings and brooches.

In styles ranging from classic to contemporary, the rich selection offers pieces that can be paired with anything from black-tie attire to casual. 

Head of Jewelry, Bonhams Los Angeles, Emily Waterfall said: “Pearls have been valued for millennia for their beauty and lustre, but also for the fantastic stories associated with the gem. They are symbols of Aphrodite, Eve, and Cleopatra. Historically, they were dangerous to acquire, needing to be brought up by hand from the depth of the sea. Both rare and costly, only the wealthiest royalty had access to pearls until the 20th century. Bonhams is pleased to be able to offer this unusual and timely sale of exquisite and affordable pearls.”

Sale highlights include:

White Gold, Cultured Pearl

Left – South Sea White Pearl Pave multi-colored 18k white gold necklace, pavé balls, Estimate: $18,000 – 22,000

Right – White Pearl, red tourmaline cabochon, and 18k yellow gold diamond necklace, triple strand, Estimate: $1,800 – 2,200

White Pearl

Left – South Sea White Pearl, White Diamond, and White Gold necklace, Estimate: $4,000 – 6,000

Right – 18k White Gold, Cultured Pearl and Diamond Necklace, Estimate: $1,500 – 2,000

Credit: Images courtesy of Bonhams.