Pearl Necklaces – Size Does Matter

Pearls have for centuries been objects of grandeur and elegance. The word has become synonymous with romance; a metaphor for commitment, love and everlasting relationships. Their nacreous and iridescent properties have seduced women for decades and centuries. In many families, it forms one of the most important heirloom pieces.

These timeless gemstones after a short lull have once again become a darling of the fairer sex. Gifting a natural gem embellishment is a sure shot way of winning a woman’s heart. And one of the most popular accessories that can sweep her off her feet is a necklace, which every lady yearns to wear.

So how does one select the right pearl necklace, whether single colored or multi-colored? The answer is simple yet complex. There are several fundamental elements involved. So before you rush out to buy one for yourself or for your dear one, check out the following parameters carefully:

Age, neck size, body composition and skin tone are some of the deciding elements. The rule of the thumb is; younger women should wear longer pearls, a little distance from their necks which has become more fashionable in recent days. It accentuates their youth, giving them a trendy and classy appeal. On the other hand older women could try bigger sea gems of shorter lengths in a single strand, double strand or triple strand pearl options.

Unlike diamonds or other semi precious necklaces, a strand of natural pearls is named according to their lengths. Here is list of six most popular designs.


A collar design measures between 16 to 17 inches and sits close to the throat; giving itself no room to hang.

A choker measures between 16 to 17 inches in length and rests just at base of the neck.

A princess strand which begins from 17 inches onwards hangs just around the collarbone.

A 20 to 24 inches matinee necklace sits comfortably just at the middle of the chest.

An opera on the other end due to its maximum length of 35 inches clings beautifully in front of the ribcage.

Finally, a pearl rope, the longest of all, measures more than 45 inches. It is extremely versatile in the sense it can be wrapped around the neck to form a single strand necklace, double strand necklace or a triple strand necklace.

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