Tara Pearls ECPL36Strands and studs will never go out of style, but this timeless accessory has taken a fashion-forward leap into the spotlight, inspiring the edgier designs we got to see— and try on—at the Cultured Pearl Association of America’s booth at a recent press event. Think eye-catching pearl cuffs and bangles, show-stopping statement rings and hardly demure pearl studs exploding with hidden gemstones. Creative designers are highlighting rare and exceptional pearls, such as the golden orbs that come only from South Sea oysters and embracing the unique character of irregular fresh water cultured pearls. “Their organic shapes and subtle shades are alluring and inspiring endless designs,” says Kathy Grenier, a spokesperson for the Association. But don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself some of the stunning new takes on this timeless classic.—Sue Perry (shown above: Tara Pearls natural pearl and conch pearl tassel earrings in 18K white gold)




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Little H 14 K  fresh water pearl studs with emeralds



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Imperial Pearls 14K yellow gold golden south sea pearl twist earrings