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Pearl Jewelry for the Person Who Never Wears Pearls

How to try the pearl trend without looking like a ‘Gossip Girl’ extra.

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A close up of a woman wearing a choker with a center pearl. Photo: Mizuki

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Pearls often bring to mind adjectives like proper, traditional, and preppy. They’re usually paired with cardigan sweaters or bright prints, and worn by your grandma or an extra from Gossip Girl.

Pearls will always emulate tradition — they’re essentially a monogram’s stone counterpart. However, lots of jewelry designers have been breathing new life into the stone the past few seasons, making pearls surprisingly cool and fun.

From rings to bracelets, hair accessories to necklaces, the pearl is the unsung accessories hero of 2016. Here are some of the best.

Lauren Wolf pearl stud earrings

Lauren Wolf Jewelry White Freshwater Pearl Earrings ($475).

A pearl ring
A woman's hand wearing several rings, holding flowers

Beaufille Gypsy Ring Peach Pearl ($300).

A close up of a woman wearing a pearl earrings
A close up of a woman wearing a pearl earrings

Quarry Jewelry Iro Stud with Diamond and Pearl ($370).

A freshwater pearl ring

Indie and Harper Fresh Water Coin Pearl Ring ($89).

A pair of pearl earrings
A woman wearing pearl earrings

Satomi Kawakita Twin Pearl Stud Earrings ($265).

A woman wearing a pearl barette
A woman wearing a pearl barette

Urban Outfitters Pearl Bun Pin ($16).

A model wearing pearl earrings
Mizuki pearl and gold earrings

Mizuki Pearl Marquis Hoop Earrings ($1,390).

Pearl and crystal earrings
Pearl and crystal earrings

J.Crew Pearl Cluster Earrings ($68).

Pearl and gold earrings

Shaw Jewelry 22K Disc Earrings with Pearls ($990).

A pearl bolero
A model wearing a pearl bolero

Lena Bernard Pearled Bolero ($54).

A model wearing large pearl earrings
A close up of large pearl earrings

Rosantica Carducci Mother-of-Pearl Clip Earrings ($370).