How to Purchase a Pearl Necklace

Posted: May 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Pearl necklaces are classy, beautiful and sophisticated. When pearls were cultured, pearl necklaces were considered noble jewelry.  A small strand of pearl was worth a fortune back then. Some of the world’s greatest pearls, such as the Tahitian pearls, can be worth millions. Today, cultured pearl necklaces have taken the place of natural pearls for their affordability and comparable beauty. Here are a few steps on how to buy pearl necklaces.

Pearl Necklace Styles
  • Bib—made up of several strands of pearls at varying lengths.
  • Dog collar—made up of multiple pearl strands worn high on the neck. A “must have” accessory during the Victorian era, dog collar pearl necklaces are slowly making a comeback today.
  • Princess—known as the “classic” for pearl necklaces, the princess style lies slightly below the neck. It is usually 17 to 19 inches long and matches well with different neckline types.
  • Choker—similar to the collar but worn lower on the neck and is usually 14 to 16 inches long.
  • Opera—usually worn with formal evening dresses and is usually 30 to 36 inches long.
  • Matinee—traditionally worn for semi formal occasions and works well with dresses and suits. It is usually 20 to 24 inches long.
  • Rope—the longest of all styles and can be knotted or doubled. They are usually more than 36 inches long.

The pearl sizes in necklaces, while usually a matter of taste is also a subject of tradition. In the past, certain pearl sizes were considered appropriate for women at different ages. The size of the pearl is also an indicator of the wearer’s social and financial status. When purchasing pearl necklaces, it is crucial to examine its workmanship. Poorly matched necklaces with conspicuous color differences won’t showcase the beauty of the jewelry and are devalued. Place a pearl necklace on your finger and let it hang loose. Assess whether the line is straight and if it is tied too loose or too tight. Happy pearl necklace shopping!



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