By peoplemag
November 17, 2007 11:00 AM

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Nothing is quite as timeless as pearls — ask any of the jewelry fans, fashionistas, and stylists at the L.A. launch of Stormy Weather, the new fine jewelry line by famed designer Yohji Yamamoto and pearl-pro Mikimoto. “Who doesn’t like pearls!” enthused Desperate Housewives‘ Dana Delaney to PEOPLE at the launch party Monday night. “They’re just classic!” Showcased along with a few of Yamamoto’s runway looks, the collection was broken into three groups, Drops, Le Cri, and — the hit of the evening — Moon, which drew the most amount of admirers for its long necklace featuring a touch of diamonds — including Ali Larter. “Every girl loves the best of the best,” Larter, told PEOPLE. “I’ve always loved jewelry — I love real jewelry, I love costume jewelry, it’s almost the best when you have nothing on with it.” With everything from long delicate chains with graceful pendants to short rope necklaces with statement pieces, Larter had plenty to choose from. Her favorite? “The south sea pearls — the Tahitian pearls — I just love them! The ones that get a deep, dark charcoal gray color, I adore.” Delaney, a pearl-lover since she was a little girl, was equally excited. “I had an uncle who lived in Asia,” Delaney told PEOPLE. “He was with the Peace Corps in Asia, so he used to always come back with pearls for us, so I was always into pearls. I remember my first gift from him was a ring from Japan.” As for Yamamoto’s more contemporary take on an accessory staple, sums up Delaney: “To mix the classic with the cutting edge is kind of a great thing.”