Trend to Try: Edgy Pearls

Trend to Try: Edgy Pearls(Source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America, Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images North America, FameFlynet Pictures)For the better part of our formative years, a set of pearls was never far from our person. We wore a pair of studs every day, and a strand around our neck on special occasions (church, graduation luncheons, keggers). Then we moved to the city and relegated the classic styles to the back of our jewelry box.

But in the past few months, the pearl is popping up on our radar again—albeit in decidedly funkier forms. Chanel sent out chokers adorned with Gobsmacker-sized beauties; Christian Dior debuted double-sided pearl studs, since spotted on Jessica Alba and Emma Watson. And a bevvy of other style stars have taken up sporty prim-meets-punky pearl baubles along the way.

Take Sophia Bush, for instance: She recently hit the red carpet in serpentine drop pearl earrings and pearl-encrusted sandals.

Trend to Try: Edgy Pearls
(Source: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images North America)Jessica Alba and street-style star Miroslava Duma both went the double-stone route, with Alba rocking Dior's spunky studs and Duma showing off a statement ring.
Trend to Try: Edgy Pearls(Source: FameFlynet Pictures, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe)Songbirds Janelle Monae and Miley Cyrus both took Chanel's bold chokers for a spin. 

Trend to Try: Edgy Pearls(Source: Francois Nel/Getty Images Europe, Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images Europe)And Abigail Breslin and Rashida Jones each rocked distinctive pearl earrings that felt worlds away from the debutante-approved studs of yesteryear.

Trend to Try: Edgy Pearls(Source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America, Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)Want to take the new pearls for a whirl? Opt for styles with a distinctly edgy construction (like our picks, below) and leave the single strand for the ladies who lunch.
Trend to Try: Edgy Pearls

(Source: Shopbop, Charm & Chain, Nasty Gal)
Rebecca Minkoff Curbs Front Back Stud Earrings, $58, at ShopbopGerard Yosca Pearl Cluster Ring, $82, at Charm & Chain; Nasty Gal Love Triangle Earrings, $15, at Nasty Gal