Pearl Necklaces; All You Need to Know

 

It’s that time of year again; the season of holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years are all wrapping up.  It’s time to recover from an endless array of family events, gift shopping, crowded malls, gift wrapping and  gift opening. Though it may be exhausting, expensive and time consuming, it tends to be all worth it when you see the smile on a loved one’s face when they open the perfect present. That moment is priceless. However, sometime gifts are not always what was accurately requested or expected. Returns and exchanges are bound to happen. One way to avoid this altogether and really get it right in time for Valentines day is with the perfect gift of pearls.

Whether it’s a wife or a sister, your mother or your daughter, pearls are a timeless classic and make for fabulous necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Pearl jewelry is diverse and ranges from modern pieces to more traditional ones and can be found in a wide variety of prices. There are clustered rings for the more fashion focused woman and draped necklaces of all lengths for the vintage inspired woman.  Pearls make the perfect gift all round, however with so many options, it may be difficult to choose the perfect piece.

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Consider your loved one’s preferences if you are hesitant to ask. Is your wife more prone to necklaces or a little arm bling? Does she enjoy rings or brooches? If the answer is all, then you are in luck and all you have to do is find the piece that calls most to your loved ones taste.

When choosing a pearl necklace it is wise to think of the recipient’s general attire. What kind of necklines does she favor? The length of  a pearl necklace is a big consideration before purchasing. Standard pearl necklace strands come at the following lengths; 18 inches, 24 inches, 36 inches and 45 inches. Each length has a non numerical name. However pearl necklaces can be customized to any length. The longer the necklace, the more options you have as it can be doubled or tripled over your neck, resulting in many different looks.

The Pearl Collar is 12-13 inches where it sits nicely on the collar bone, hence it’s name. These looks great with a V neck dress, an off the shoulder top, or a boat neck and are usually made up of a minimum of 3 strands.

The Pearl Choker is 14 – 16 inches long is extremely popular as it looks great with almost every neckline. This single strand of a perfect length works with formal evening dresses and casual work wear. This adds fine sophistication to any outfit and any occasion.

The Princess Necklace is generally 17 -19 inches long and is the most common bought pearl necklace. This versatile length hit just below the collarbone and is good for deep plunging or extremely low necklines, as well as very high, crew necklines. This piece transforms from day to night and encompasses the classic length of the pearl necklaces, which is 18 inches. The Princess necklace truly makes its wearer feel like a princess at all times.

The Opera Necklace is 26- 36 inches long and can be worn as a single long strand or doubled over to a two strand choker style. This length hits mid bust and is traditionally worn with evening wear, although wearing it with more casual apparel gives it a modern twist and add a touch of elegance to informal attire.

The Pearl Rope Necklace is any length 37 inches or longer and gives you the most versatility in a pearl necklace.  Complementing all outfits, this necklace has many options. Often the Pearl Rope is knotted at the neckline or in the middle of the strand, a look that is very fashionable and trendy. This length allows it to be worn as a double strand or a triple strand necklace. Often the Pearl Rope is slung over the shoulder in a knotted style or just draped to emphasize the splendor of a backless dress. A Pearl Rope can be customized to entail several clasps so it can be broken down for different necklace lengths and bracelet arrangements.

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A Bib necklace is when one necklace holds pearl strands of many differing lengths that’s sits like a bib on your chest. Modern and sexy, the bib necklaces is a statements piece that grabs the attention of all those around you, pearl lovers or otherwise.

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Whatever length you choose in a pearl necklace as a gift for your loved one is bound to capture the beauty that is the essence of pearl jewelry. They say diamonds are forever but pearls bring everything together, topping any attire with elegance grace and class. Happy holidays!

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