Making a break from tradition
Making a break from tradition

Not your grandmother's classic simple strand of white, the pearl necklace now sports a modern, even playful and edgy vibe. Take them formal or casual; these pearls are made to go high, low or in between. Here, modern designers put their stamps on the traditional pearl necklace. Mignot St. Barth Designer Yvan Mignot travels to French Polynesia to hand-pick his pearls, here elegantly mixed with hand-crafted leather and a gold-plated brass drop ring. $975. Available at Ylang23.com. Nektar De Stagni Miami and New York designer Nektar De Stagni's clever Smiley Emoticon freshwater pearl necklace is decorated with black pave crystal that brings a smile. $455. (It also comes with a...