Traditional? Maybe. But these lustrous gems can be mad modernespecially when piled on (trés Coco Chanel) or starring as ring bling.

Multistrand faux-pearl necklace, $45, Fantasy Jewelry Box. Pearl-and-crystal ring, $98, Sequin. Off-white pearl and clear-beaded clutch, $160, Santi. Three-in-one pearl necklace with pavé-ball closures (can be taken apart and worn as a bracelet, as shown), $165, Jardin Jewelry. Silk-gabardine trumpet gown with metallic embroidery and beads, Angel Sanchez. OPI nail lacquer in Pearl of Wisdom.

Photo by Greg Broom for BRIDES magazine