I never considered myself a pearls kind of gal, but then I discovered them in hoop earring form and my feelings towards the glistening gems changed. It's not like pearl hoops just became a thing, but they became the object of my affection when I kept seeing Israeli jewelry designer Mirit Weinstock's pearl hoops sprinkled all over my favorite online boutiques. Even when I tried to forget about them in an effort to save myself $200 on ear adornments I don't particularly need, they would crop up on yet another site that I spend hours virtual window shopping on. It's only a matter of time before her artsy pearls end up in my cart and then on my ears.
Handcrafted in Israel, Weinstock's pastel-colored imitation pearls are definitely statements: If the timeless pearl studs your grandmother gifted you mated with a cool piece of vintage costume jewelry, these would be the result. I especially love these big shiny mint ones, which come with a gold accent bead and a post-back closure — a bonus for people like me who mysteriously lose all hoops with hinged backs. I can't wait to pair them with chunky sweaters come fall to infuse a bit of springy cheer into my neutral-toned outfits.
Mirit Weinstock Big Imitation Pearl Hoops, $200, available here.
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