Pearls embody both classic elegance and fun; here are some pointers and tips you should consider before buying Pearl jewelry.

Complexion: Fair skins, blonde and redheads, are well matched to silvery-white and rosy hued Pearls.Tanned and dark skin tones are suited to creamy and golden colored Pearls.


Personal Appearance: Customize your necklace to your proportions. If you have a long neck accentuate your Victorian feline grace with a single or multi-strand choker or collier, this is also the classic length of a bride’s Pearl wedding strand. If your neck is shorter, dare to shine and think about a longer strand such as a matinee or opera for a twist of 1950s Hollywood glamour. For a true statement of girl-power, stand out and impress admirers with a touch of drama by steeping yourself in an elaborate Pearl rope necklace.


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Clothes: The Pearl choker and collier are perfect for the off-the-shoulder grace of wedding gowns. They are also complemented by the plunging decolletages of evening gowns and "V" neck sweaters. Pearl colliers and matinees are the essential elements to both the younger and older woman’s wardrobe. They are suited to everyday sports and business wear providing a classic, timeless elegance to every kind of outfit and every style of neckline. The longer lengths of the Pearl opera and rope strands are the perfect accompaniment to low or high necks, and look great with suits and blouses with "Constructed" necks.

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Start you Pearl wardrobe with a basic set, ‘Parure’, of matching necklace, ring, earrings or bracelet. Your local jeweler can update and lengthen your necklace later so choose the length that most suites all occasions first.
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The Collier or Collar Pearl Strand
Length: 12 to13 inches.
The Collier is made up of more than one strand of uniform Pearls that fit cozily around the base of the neck. This is the long-established ‘Coming-of-Age’ gift from the mother-in-law to the daughter. One of the oldest lengths of Pearl necklace it suites every age, adding class and finesse to everything from sweaters to suits.

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The Choker Pearl Strand
Length: 14 to16 inches.
The Choker is made up of one strand with large uniform sized Pearls that sit cozily around the neck sitting on the collarbone. The choker is an essential element in the wardrobe of the elegant woman with class and style, it is also a length suitable for children as its not too tight allowing for room to grow. The Pearl choker is particularly fashionable at the moment, uniting Victorian retro with today’s catwalk chic.

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The Princess Pearl Strand

Length: 17 to19 inches.
The Princess is a perfect length if you ever consider attaching a pendant to your Pearl necklace. One of the most popular lengths the princess is well suited to crew and high necklines, but can equally add a frame to a plunging neckline.

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The Matinee Pearl Strand
Length: 20 to 24 inches.
The Matinee, an unrestricting length that rests well on any neckline, is a little longer than a collier and slightly shorter than the Opera. Offering both elegant sophistication and casual styling the matinee looks great with sports or office clothes, with a sweater or the classic white blouse.

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The Opera Pearl Strand
Length: 28 to 36 inches.
The Opera Strand falls to the breastbone and possesses a grace encapsulated in a single strand of Pearls, usually no less than 7 mm in diameter. A perfect accoutrement to low or high neck-lined blouses or adding a stunning offset to a suit, this jewelry is economy in business class transforming from a free-hanging single strand to a multi strand choker.

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The Sautoir or Rope Pearl Strand
Length: 40 inches and over.
The Lariat Pearl Strand
Length: At least 48 inches.
The Rope, queen of versatility, was the preferred length of necklace by the French haute-couture designer Coco Chanel. It is the essence of the emancipated women capturing the freedom of the 20s flapper girl and the 60s flower child. It is the complete jewel, an authentic ‘must have’, comprising of several twisted parallel or graduated strands generally embellished with clasps placed along the length, which transform it into bracelets and necklace of various combinations.

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