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Pearl Necklaces

Pearl Necklaces

Unique in their ability to carry an outfit from day to night, a sophisticated necklace made from pearls is an elegant staple for any fine jewelry collection. For minimalist allure, a tincup style pairs perfectly with other silver or gold-toned pieces, while colored necklaces allow for making a beautifully bold statement.

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7.0-7.5mm White Freshwater Pearl Necklace - AAA Quality

Pearl Necklaces – From Origins to Your Jewelry Box

At The Pearl Source, you will find the widest selection of pearl necklaces in classic and modern designs. Our pearl strands feature premium Freshwater, Akoya, Hanadama, Tahitian and South Sea genuine pearls at the best prices online.

The Origins of Cultured Pearls

These days, almost all of the real pearls on the market are cultured. A cultured pearl is created by inserting a piece of mantle tissue inside a mollusk. In response, the oyster or mussel deposit layers of nacre around its nucleus, creating the pearl.

Some cultured pearls take six months to develop, while larger gems of the seas take several years. Saltwater pearls regularly produce 1 or 2 pearls per nucleation, although some species can produce up to 5 pearls.

The Making of a Pearl Necklace

After harvesting, the pearls are matched based on their type, color, size, shape and luster. Most pearls are drilled with a standard 0.8 millimeter starter hole. Our pearl experts use silk thread (or, occasionally, nylon thread) to string the pearls, as these provide the strength needed for fine gems.

Small knots are inserted in between each pearl. The knots have a double role: to prevent damage from constant rubbing between gems and to prevent pearl loss in case the strand breaks. Each pearl necklace is secured with a safety clasp in precious settings such as white, yellow, rose gold and sterling silver, which can be customized according to your preferences.

Our Range of Pearl Necklaces

Our pearls vary in size from 5mm to 15mm, with South Sea and Tahitian pearls being the largest types. Pearl necklaces come in two distinct designs: featuring pearls of the same size all around or larger pearls in the front and slightly smaller ones in the back. As for pearl shapes, you can find classic round pearls as well as baroque off-round shapes.

The colors of our pearl necklaces range from classic whites in ivory or rose overtones to pink and peach pearls, golden and black Tahitian gems (including silver, peacock, green and dark grey shades)

Our pearl necklace range includes: classic pearl strands, single or multiple pearl pendants and single pearl necklaces, as well as leather pearl necklaces and tincup pearl necklaces.

Pearl Necklace Lengths

For classic pearl strands, our designs come in a variety of lengths, including:

  • Choker length, measuring 16 inches
  • Princess length, measuring 17-18 inches
  • Matinee length, measuring 20-24 inches
  • Opera length, measuring 36-37 inches
  • Rope length, measuring 51 inches

At The Pearl Source, you have the option to customize your jewelry piece by selecting your preferred length, pearl overtone and quality, as well as clasp closure.

100 things to consider when selecting a pearl necklace:

Selecting a pearl necklace involves careful consideration to ensure you choose a piece that suits your preferences and needs. Here's a comprehensive list of 100 things to consider when selecting a pearl necklace:

Pearl Characteristics:

  • Pearl Type: Akoya, Freshwater, South Sea, Tahitian, etc.
  • Pearl Size: Diameter of pearls in the necklace.
  • Pearl Shape: Round, semi-round, drop, button, baroque, etc.
  • Pearl Color: White, cream, pink, lavender, black, etc.
  • Pearl Luster: Reflective quality and brightness.
  • Pearl Surface Quality: Smoothness, blemishes, and imperfections.
  • Pearl Nacre Thickness: Indicator of pearl's durability.
  • Matching: Uniformity in size, shape, color, and luster.
  • Overtones: Secondary colors seen in reflected light.
  • Grading: Consider AAA, AA+, AA, A based on quality.
  • Rarity: Rarer types may be more valuable.

Necklace Design:

  • Necklace Length: Choker, princess, matinee, opera, rope, etc.
  • Pearl Placement: Uniform spacing or graduated arrangement.
  • Clasp Type: Different closures like lobster, hook, or ball clasp.
  • Clasp Material: Gold, silver, platinum, etc.
  • Clasp Design: Functional and aesthetic aspects.
  • Necklace Strand: Single, double, triple strands, etc.
  • Knotting: Silk or nylon thread knots between pearls for protection.
  • Necklace Weight: Consider the comfort of wearing.
  • Necklace Flexibility: How it drapes and moves.

Budget and Value:

  • Price Range: Set a budget beforehand.
  • Investment Value: Consider the potential for appreciation.
  • Brand Reputation: Established jewelers often offer quality.
  • Handmade vs. Machine-Made: Reflects craftsmanship and uniqueness.
  • Pearl Origin: Some regions are known for specific types.
  • Certification: Documentation of pearl quality and origin.

Wearer's Considerations:

  • Skin Tone: Choose pearls that complement the wearer's complexion.
  • Personal Style: Classic, modern, elegant, bohemian, etc.
  • Occasion: Formal events, daily wear, weddings, etc.
  • Clothing Compatibility: Consider neckline and outfits.
  • Allergies: Opt for hypoallergenic metals if necessary.
  • Comfort: Ensure the necklace sits comfortably on the neck.
  • Hair Color: Pearls that enhance the hair's natural hues.


  • Care Instructions: Learn how to clean and store pearls.
  • Cleaning Frequency: How often the pearls need maintenance.
  • Storage: Silk pouches or soft fabric to prevent scratches.
  • Avoid Chemicals: Keep pearls away from perfumes and lotions.
  • Re-stringing: Pearls may need re-stringing over time.
  • Professional Cleaning: Consider professional maintenance.

Authenticity and Trustworthiness:

  • Research: Learn about pearls before making a purchase.
  • Buy from Reputable Sellers: Established jewelers or dealers.
  • Online Reviews: Check for feedback from other buyers.
  • Return Policy: Ensure you can return or exchange if needed.
  • Appraisals: Consider getting an independent appraisal.

Matching Jewelry:

  • Earrings: Match with pearl studs or drops.
  • Bracelets: Consider complementary pearl bracelets.
  • Rings: Matching pearl rings if desired.

Cultural and Symbolic Considerations:

  • Cultural Significance: Pearls can have cultural meanings.
  • Birthstones: Pearls are the birthstone for June.
  • Symbolism: Pearls can represent purity and wisdom.

Ethical and Environmental Factors:

  • Sustainability: Check if pearls are sourced sustainably.
  • Ethical Sourcing: Look for fair labor practices.
  • Environmental Impact: Some pearl farming methods are more eco-friendly.

Negotiation and Purchase:

  • Comparison Shopping: Look at different options before deciding.
  • Negotiation: Some sellers are open to price discussions.
  • Payment Plans: Inquire about installment options.
  • Discounts: Look for sales, especially during certain times.

Expert Opinion:

  • Consult a Jeweler: Seek guidance from experienced professionals.
  • Gemologist Opinion: Get an expert's assessment of the pearls.
  • Pearl Enthusiast Communities: Online forums can provide insights.

Pearl Care Kit:

  • Cleaning Cloth: Gentle cloth for wiping pearls.
  • Mild Soap: For occasional cleaning.
  • Soft Brush: To remove dirt from crevices.
  • Jewelry Pouch: For safe storage.
  • Maintenance Guide: Instructions for upkeep.

Packaging and Presentation:

  • Gift-Worthy Packaging: If buying as a gift.
  • Appropriate Box Size: To prevent damage during shipping.
  • Presentation: Aesthetically pleasing unboxing experience.

Pearl Enhancements:

  • Dyed Pearls: Decide if you prefer natural or dyed colors.
  • Treated Pearls: Some pearls undergo treatments to improve appearance.

Vintage and Antique Pearls:

  • Historical Significance: Research the era of vintage pearls.
  • Condition: Check for wear and tear on older pieces.

Market Trends:

  • Current Trends: Consider what's popular in pearl jewelry.
  • Classic Appeal: Classic designs often stand the test of time.

Policies and Guarantees:

  • Warranty: Check if the necklace comes with a warranty.
  • Quality Guarantee: Assurance of the pearl's quality.


  • Bespoke Options: Some jewelers offer custom designs.
  • Personalization: Add initials or meaningful charms.

Online vs. In-Store:

  • Online Convenience: Wider selection and easy browsing.
  • In-Store Experience: Try on necklaces in person.

Trial Period:

  • Return Period: Ensure you have enough time to evaluate the necklace.
  • In-Person Try-On: Important for getting the right fit.

Caring for Sensitive Skin:

  • Hypoallergenic Metals: Choose metals that won't cause reactions.

Long-Term Outlook:

  • Fashion Longevity: Select pearls that won't quickly go out of style.

Matching Necklines:

  • High Necklines: Choker or shorter necklace styles work well.
  • V-Necklines: Princess or opera lengths complement these.

Consideration for Pearls as Gifts:

  • Recipient's Style: Choose pearls that match their taste.
  • Occasion: Consider the significance of the event.
  • Packaging: Elegant gift wrapping for special occasions.

Caring for Heirloom Pieces:

  • Historical Value: Preserve pearls that have been passed down.
  • Professional Restoration: Seek experts for repairs or restoration.

Pearl Grading Standards:

  • Understand the AAA, AA+, AA, A grading system.

Popular Pearl Varieties:

  • Akoya Pearls: Classic white pearls with high luster.
  • Freshwater Pearls: Affordable and versatile for different styles.
  • South Sea Pearls: Large and luxurious with a rich range of colors.
  • Tahitian Pearls: Unique dark colors and a modern appeal.