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Tips For Choosing Pearl Necklace

Jul 17, 2008
Choosing a pearl necklace begins with understanding how a pearl is formed. This precious 'stone' is born from the formation of nacre within an oyster. With the class and elegance that a pearl necklace brings, there is little wonder why this piece of accessory is highly sought-after by women the world over.

When you're choosing a pearl necklace, it is important to know the basics of pearls. There are naturally produced pearls, cultured pearls and synthetic pearls. These range from the highest in value to the lowest (in that order). Because natural pearls are rare, cultured pearls are a popular choice as it is very difficult to tell a natural pearl from a cultured one. Pearls can be formed in saltwater or in freshwater with saltwater versions being more expensive.

With 3 different shapes, symmetrical, round and baroque, you can find a pearl necklace to suit any style and physical body type. A commonly chosen shape is the round or spherical pearl. Irregularly shaped pearls are classed as baroque and can look like sticks or crosses, for example. Symmetrical pearls come in oval, button and drop shapes.

When choosing a pearl necklace, it is critical to select a length that flatters your age, neck shape and length, and physique. Shorter necklaces tend to suit long necks while long necklaces help to elongate the neck (for people with short necks). The collar-type necklace is the shortest at 10 to 13 inches long while the longest - rope - can be more than 37 inches in length. If you're looking for a necklace to suit almost anyone, then one between 18 and 24 inches long will do.

The collar pearl necklace is worn high and above the base of the neck, and is suited for evening and casual use. Chokers, on the other hand are 16 to 18 inches long and worn around the neck's base. The princess is a very popular length (17" to 20") and can be worn with any type of neckline.

If you're choosing a pearl necklace to wear with corporate or business outfits, or for semi-formal events, then the matinee length is ideal. The rule-of-thumb goes that people with short necks should wear necklaces that sit at least 2 inches below the collarbone while people with longer necks should wear necklaces that sit at the base of the neck.

Pearls come in a range of colors like white, cream, pink, silver, gold and yellow. Gold and yellow tones work well with darker skin while other lighter colors suit almost any skin color. If you're looking for pearls of unrivaled beauty and brilliance, then a Mikimoto pearl necklace is just for you. The highest grade of these pearls are known to possess a brilliant, mirror-like reflective quality and has captured even fans from royalty.

Tahitian pearls are known for their darker tones, created by the island of Tahiti's black-lipped oysters. These mollusks produce black, gray and green-black pearl necklaces. Pearl necklace buying tips for this type of pearls include spotting the quality and flaws with high quality pearls having a clear and almost metallic sheen while flaws can comprise of discolorations, irregularities, bumps and spots.

A couple of pearl necklace buying tips include buying a set with a pearl necklace, earrings and bracelet or ring. This will increase the probability of you scoring a discount on your jewelry. Another way to buy a pearl necklace on a budget is to try finding an original supplier. Although these suppliers usually prefer to sell in large quantities, you may try to find people who are willing to combine their purchases with you so that you can all enjoy discounted rates on your timeless accessories.
About the Author
Learning about pearls is the start to understanding what it takes to choose and buy a pearl necklace that suits your style, body type and budget. We show you how to choose the right pearl necklace. Find out how to differentiate between the types and shapes of pearls as well as how to pick out the flaws in each precious pearl.
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