Pearls will forever be a mainstay of classic jewelry—yet, for some, they can be seen as a tad old-fashioned and even stuffy. While pearls are a decidedly ladylike touch to finish off just about any outfit (cue pastel twin-sets and Nantucket-ready summer dresses), there are so many more—laid-back and cooler—ways to integrate them into your look.
Yes, there are cool ways to wear pearls. To prove it, we've rounded up 11 pearl jewelry pieces that you wouldn't be able to find in your grandmother's jewelry box. These modern takes on pearls are anything but classic (and certainly not stuffy). Head below for 11 cool girl-approved pearl pieces worth adding to your jewelry collection.
1. Switch up the classic solitaire
Jane Kaye Single Pearl Ring ($498)
This modern setting is an edgy alternative to a traditional solitaire gemstone ring.
2. Nix the pearl strand necklace
Kelly Bello Pearl Choker ($945)
Strings of pearls are the expected route for a pearl necklace but this choker boasting seven dangling pearls and two at the back is so much more striking.
3. Go geometric
Kelly Bello Honeycomb Diamond and Pearl Ring ($1650)
Some unexpected geometry—and black diamonds—make this futuristic two-finger ring a surefire statement.
4. Choose chain detailing
Yi Collection Pearl Half Chain Ring ($295)
For lovers of chain rings, this half chain ring showcasing a single pearl is a beautiful piece.
5. Try pearl-infused everyday pieces
Kelly Bello Balancing Pearl Hoop ($598)
Your everyday hoop earrings can be livened up by this subtle pearl detail that takes the look to the next level.
6. Add some contrast
Kelly Bello Pearl & Letter Charm ($330)
A black pearl charm makes a stunning addition to a simple gold chain.
7. Play with asymmetry
Ring Concierge Double Pearl and Diamond Ring ($325)
This lovely ring features two pearls of different sizes for an eye-catching asymmetrical finish.
8. Add something unexpected
Kelly Bello Pearl & Stone Studs ($240)
Upgrade your pearl stud earrings with some gemstone detailing.
9. Mix in modern touches
Ring Concierge Diamond and Pearl Drop Earrings ($348)
These pearl drop earrings are anything but traditional with their diamond-studded bars.
10. Make a statement
Maria Tash Pearl Coronet Earring ($360)
For fans of maximalism, these statement earrings are a bold way to rock pearls.
11. Make it personal
Kelly Bello Mini Mini Pearl & Letter Earrings ($288)
Add some personalization to your everyday pearl stud earrings with initials.
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