Various Types of Pearl Strands

Pearl strands, popularly called necklaces have always been categorized by their lengths. Apart from the length, there are other attributes like the number of strings, design and type of gems used which widens the range substantially. But one thing is certain; the length does come into consideration while choosing the attire.

A string or strings of orphic gems is one accessory which is unshackled from all restrictions and rules. Take for example the Rope design which can be worn in various forms, thus making it extremely versatile. It makes the wearer feel distinctive and elegantly stylish.

Mentioned below are the five most popular lengths and sizes.

The pearl collar, one of the darling designs, is 12 to 13 inches long while the Pearl Choker with a length of 14 to 16 inches comes second in the list, followed by the Princess Necklace which is 17 to 19 inches long. The Opera Necklace is fourth longest with the length reaching unto 36 inches.

Finally, the Pearl Rope, with its terrific changeable attribute starts from 37 inches onwards.

An ideal pearl is recognized from its roundness and unblemished surface, which is lustrous and smooth. But there are other shapes, like the baroque which are used extensively in earrings and pendants.. The Pearls of Tahiti are commonly known as “Tahitian Black Pearls“. Almost ninety five percent of the world’s black pearls come from the lagoons of French Polynesia in the South Pacific.

Black pearls are named after the oyster, Pinctada Margaritifera from which they are extracted. This black-lipped oyster is found in the clear aqua bodies of the Tuamotus islands in French Polynesia.

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It is incorrect to assume that all black pearls are solid black. The fact is they can have hues of other colors also.

South Sea pearls on the other hand are available in the size ranging from 9mm to 20 mm. Found in the northern coast of Australia, these are found in large oysters known as Pinctada maxima. This oyster grows up to 12 inches in diameter, thus making it possible to grow large orphic gems vis-a-vis Akoya.

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Emma Frost is the Creative Associate at The Pearl Source since July 2012.
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