Pearls have always been the signature accessory of the Chanel woman. See also: your grandmother. For Spring/Summer 2014, Karl Lagerfeld put a playful, statement-making twist on the classic gemstone that's a far cry from that heirloom strand in your jewelry box. Off the runway and on the red carpet, Mise En Dior tribal earrings became a sensation, thanks to Emma Watson, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence.
Singular, statement pearl pieces are now popping up in all corners of the jewelry market, from luxury designers like Delfina Delettrez, Ana Khouri and Sophie Bille Brahe to more accessible brands like Baublebar and Anthropologie.
No matter the price point or if you favor necklaces, earrings, bracelets or rings, rethinking how to wear pearls is all about one thing: balance--specifically, avoiding it! Look for stand-alone details, funky settings, odd numbers and extra-large gems. Then again, if you want to cheat the system and try the trend at home, just mismatch your earrings. Wear a single pearl in one ear and a cool little gold stud in the other and voíla.