This spring and summer will be all about a modern way to wear shells and pearls. I love everything about the beach and surf lifestyle and am happiest when I can see the ocean; when I can hear the waves gently rolling in all night long. The most enviable element of surf culture is its offhand effortlessness, with its undeniable strength and athleticism. But what I love best are the layers of rustic shell and pearl jewelry you wear in the sea and sand until it literally falls off. Those touristy beachside shops with their jammed to overflowing jewelry carousels were my happy place. But time passed, and the shells and pearls from those summer beach vacations were either lost or thrown out, and my love grew cold. Well, the fashion gods are smiling and my love is re-kindled. Last season shells began to make an appearance but this spring and summer they are going to be everywhere along with pearl jewelry, but don’t think your grandmother’s pearls. These pearl pieces are modern and edgy from the intriguing shape of baroque and freshwater pearls to the shimmer of mother-of-pearl. From delicate necklaces to statement earrings, here’s a roundup of some of the best pieces out there.