18 Modern Jewelry Pieces That'll Make You Reconsider Pearls

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.

The irregularities make this pearl even prettier.

This cool asymmetrical ring is made from solid 14-karat gold and a natural Akoya pearl.

This delicate necklace will go with everything.

These studs aren't the least bit conventional.