When one used to think of pearls, one would often associate the organic gems with prim and proper styles; images conjured up were that of Jackie O and Coco Chanel‘s string of pearl necklaces and elegant studs. And while jewellery houses have successfully updated pearls’ image over the years, these elegant gems have never seen a more exciting resurgence than now thanks to a gamut of new, independent designers — many borne out of Instagram success stories — who have successfully blended their personal stories and unique sources of inspiration with innovative new finishes, forms, and materials including resin, jade, and even this year’s favourite jewellery trend: seashells.