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What you should know about pearls
What you should know about pearls

Pearls are the perfect example of modern jewelry reinvention. They've been a feminine go-to for centuries, and the traditional, mid-20th century "Jackie O" pearl strand is trending again — but now with endless re-interpretations and much modern flair. Mixed with various metals, stones and gems, re-done in endless styles, sizes, colors, shapes and prices, the majestic pearl is resurging in its chicness. "I absolutely love creating jewelry with pearls," says Cynthia Bach, a Los Angeles designer who works often with exotic pearls. "Pearls have always had a mystique and glamour but now there is impressive new energy in the market. It's really quite...