Choosing Pearl Jewelry
by: James Dunn
When choosing pearls there are a number of things to consider besides just
the quality of the pearls. While there is no right or wrong way to chose pearls,
here are a few tips you should consider.
Necklace Length - You can buy pearl necklaces in a number of different
lengths. Generally speaking, shorter necklaces flatter long necks, while long
necklaces are nice for smaller necks. The lengths and names are as follows.
- Collar - 12-13"
- Choker - 14-16"
- Princess - 17-19"
- Matinee - 20-25"
- Opera - 26-36"
- Rope - 37" or longer
The most popular is the Princess length since it is a good length for both
long and smaller necks.
Pearl Color - The pearl color does not affect the value of the pearl,
instead it is completely in the eye of the beholder. Most people buy pearls that
best match their skin tone. People with light skin usually buy white or pink
pearls while people with darker skin tones tend to buy black or lavender pearls.
In America, white pearls are the most popular, while in Asia, silver are the
most sought after.
Pearl Sets - When buying pearl jewelry you should consider if you want
an entire set, or just a certain piece. If for instance, you buy the necklace,
and then later decide to buy the bracelet / earrings they may not match as well
as if you had bought a set. Even if you buy the same size, and color, the style
may not be the same. Some stores will allow you to buy the individual pieces of
a set. So if you want to buy the other pieces at a later time, they will still
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