Chances are you own a pair of pearl studs or a simple strand necklace you inherited somewhere along the way (from Grandma, perhaps?). Well, we've entered a new era of jewelry, and let's just say that if you thought pearls were too stuffy, prepare to be surprised. These days, there are tons of styles—pearl earrings, namely, but necklaces, bracelets, rings, and anklets too—that are bucking the mold and offering a cheeky, quirky or just-plain-cool way to wear them.
Whether you're looking to layer them with your other everyday pieces or are on the hunt for a statement piece (hello, single earring) to set you apart, we're pretty sure you're going to be onboard with these styles. Because, while you'll always have a soft spot for those heirloom pieces, there's something to be said for reinventing the wheel—er, pearl—in a way that feels less antique and more of-the-moment. Read on now to shop our picks, broken down by category (so you can find just what you're looking for).
Pearls on pearls.
Yes, you can be edgy and wear pearls too.
A little art deco, darling.
An earring that might just make you dizzy.
For the woman who always wear black.
Perfect for a little twirl on the dance floor.
Can't resist a little pop of color.
Put a pin in it, literally.
Okay, go solo.
Because matchy-matchy isn't as fun.
Diamonds and pearls, both best friend–worthy.
The Little Mermaid would approve.
There's nothing stuffy about this style.
Pair with a plunging top.
Your ankle should be as dressed as the rest of you.
Put a ring on it, please.
Pearls don't have to be pricey.
Now this is a statement ring.
Pearl Bracelets and Anklets
A delicate bracelet to layer or wear alone.
A pick for the avant-garde among us.
Two words: simply chic.
Now you're all set to give this revamped trend a try.