I love pearls but they can come off as formal or stuffy. I thought that a smaller size pearl may be more wearable on a day-t0-day basis and look more casual. Most pearls we buy are around 6.5-8mm but I was on the hunt for 4.5mm. I found a strand I loved at Mikimoto in Beverly Hills but a 16″ choker strand was nearly $2,000. I searched on-line and found nothing. Finally, a family friend in the jewelry business tracked them down for me and she said it was no easy feat ! Then today I found a strand on eBay for $650. One more example of “edgy” pearls can be found at Endless.com
Here are some pics of celebrities wearing pearls in a less traditional way.