There's far more to pearl jewelry than the delicate, Jackie O.–style necklaces and preppy stud earrings that reign among the country club set. For something a little more exciting, look to designers who make the gems (real or faux) look sleek and modern, whether as an accent on a chic choker or as the centerpiece of a dainty diamond ring.
Their traditional associations make pearls ripe for reimagining, and you'll find pieces that are unexpectedly edgy (Pearl Collective's spiked black rhodium earrings), arty (Lizzie Fortunato's chunky drop earrings), and just plain cool.
Below, shop 18 pieces of pearl jewelry for every style, starting at just $16.
Make these your new go-to statement earrings.
A fresh take on the choker.
Tweed and pearls are a foolproof pair.
A pearl ring that doesn't take itself too seriously.
The irregularities make this pearl even prettier.
These will get tons of compliments.
This cool asymmetrical ring is made from solid 14-karat gold and a natural Akoya pearl.
Like a wearable Calder sculpture.
This delicate necklace will go with everything.
Let's bring back anklets.
These studs aren't the least bit conventional.
How gorgeous is this one-of-a-kind ring?
Go big or go home the Gucci way.
Sleek and chic.
A chic bangle you can wear every day.
Yes, pearls can look edgy too.