Forget about all the words that many people automatically associate with freshwater pearls, like old, stuffy, or snooty. These updates on the classic will carry you through 2015—and years to come—in style.
OrianO Endless Freshwater Cultured Pearl Strand
If you’re not quite ready to depart drastically from the standard pearl necklace, start by simply switching up the color. This 60-inch chocolate-hued strand can be worn as a neutral with a patterned top or as a standout piece against a silky cream blouse. Think of it as a modern spin on elegance. Purchase here.
Stainless Steel Mother of Pearl Ring
Now this is a trendy way to get your mother-of-pearl fix. Fastened in a stainless steel band, it’s the perfect finishing accessory for any classy outfit with a slight edge. One more amazing feature? This ring is less than fifty bucks. Purchase here.
Seiko Coutura Collection Solar Watch
Ladies, you can stop your search for the perfect watch, because this one has it all. The band is two-tone steel on steel, the bezel is studded with diamonds, and—consider it the pièce de résistance—the dial is made of gorgeous mother-of-pearl. Seriously, what else could you need in a timepiece? Purchase here.
HinsonGayle “Zoe” Howlite and Black Pearl Necklace
You’ve never seen a pearl necklace like this before! Four handwoven strands of iridescent black freshwater pearls and white howlite stones make for an intricate and truly unique statement piece. This boho-chic stunner is versatile, too—it can be worn layered or twisted and dressed up or down—making it the best bang for your buck on our list. Purchase here.
Amber Sceats “Pearl” Ear Crawler
Okay, okay, OKAY! This is imitation pearl, not the real deal. But can you blame us for falling in love with such a clever ear cuff? Your lobe will never feel fancier than when it’s wearing a row each of crystals and “pearls.” (Because it’s such a bold piece, jazz up one ear at a time!) Purchase here.