We all know about the classics - a string or two of pearls, a pair of diamond studs or drops, etc, but what are your unconventional favorites? Is there a semiprecious gemstone you love so much you'd pick it over diamonds any day? A casual modern or artsy vintage style that speaks to you? An independent jewelry designer you follow religiously? My current love is baroque pearls. They're technically the "trash" of the pearl world - everything that's not perfectly round. I adore them. Each one is unique, they're beautifully imperfect, and sometimes they look so warped they're downright creepy. I think they're fascinating. I have a string of lavender baroque pearls that fluctuate slightly in colour - some are deeper than others, some have more of a rose tint to them - and they look like a pearlescent sunset. What are your favorites?