So you’ve decided to purchase a strand of pearls for yourself, but you’re having trouble deciding upon a length which will best suit your personal style. Or perhaps you’re searching for pearls as a gift for a loved one, but you’re overwhelmed by the number is choices and you don’t want to buy the wrong thing. (Here’s a hint: pearls are never the wrong gift.) Either way, the question is: Which length of pearls is best for you? Below, find a listing of various pearl strand lengths and how/when they are best worn.

  1. The Pearl Collar (12 to 13 inches in length)

The shortest of pearl necklace lengths, the collar is often made up of two, three or even more strands all lying together against the center of the neck. This is a Victorian-type style which looks best with off-the-shoulder or v-neck fashions which allow an open view of the neck and full display of the pearls.

  1. The Pearl Choker (14 to 16 inches)

The choker is a classic length, due to its versatility – it is suitable for everything from business suits to jeans and blouses to formal wear. The choker is a safe choice which compliments most necklines.

  1. The Princess Necklace (17 to 19 inches)

The princess is the most popular pearl strand length. It works best with high and low necklines and sits against the upper portion of the chest.

  1. The Matinee Necklace (20 to 24 inches)

The matinee is a mid-length necklace best paired with semi-formal attire.

  1. The Opera Necklace (26 to 36 inches)

Opera-length necklaces are, as the name suggests, most often paired with formal wear. They can be worn as a single strand or doubled up for a different look.

  1. The Pearl Rope (37 inches or longer)
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The rope necklace is the most striking, and arguably most versatile, of the pearl strand lengths. It can be doubled or even tripled, or worn over the shoulder with backless attire. Try knotting an opera-length necklace for a modern twist on a timeless classic.

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