Once a symbol of purity and innocence, pearls are now popping up in decidedly cooler forms, and we couldn't be happier about it.More
2,000 years ago, the tradition of harvesting pearls by hand began in Japan. It was a trade taken up almost exclusively by women, referred to as ama (meaning "sea woman"), who would free-dive as deep as 82 feet without the use of any equipment—almost entirely naked (by the '60s, a loincloth had been added). Given these badass origins, it's surprising that pearls came to connote such a modest sense of style. We say it's time to liberate pearls, and celebrate their gutsy backstory. Here, eight of our favorite new pieces which are doing exactly that.
Pearls plus combat boots equals just the right blend of punk and ladylike style.
Lou boot, $795, eugeniakim.com.