The most surprising, and quite possibly the biggest, jewelry trend for this fall has got to be the resurgence of pearls. Yes, pearls -- you know, what your mother or grandmother might consider wardrobe staples, and what you might consider stuffy and boring. All of a sudden, we're seeing pearls everywhere.

This new class of pearls, however, definitely aren't anything your grandmother would wear (or, hey -- maybe she's a hip grandma and totally would!). Paired with oversize chains, cool metal accents, and festive beads, these pearls are going where no pearl has gone before.

It looks like pearls, after all, just want to have fun. Click through the gallery to see some of our favorite pearl picks of the season let a little loose.