I’ve never been a big jewelry person. I can recall a time a time a few years ago when statement necklaces seemed to be all the rage, and yet I felt so wrong wearing one of the chunky-looking pieces around my neck. However, this summer has presented me with an opportunity to branch out a bit, if you will. While pearls have long held a very old ladyish connotation in my mind (NOT that there’s anything wrong with old lady style), I’ve had a bit of an epiphany lately. No longer just strands of lustrous little beads, pearls have become modern and minimalist. Just think of those infamous Celine chokers from summer 2013.