Pearls have a well-deserved reputation for classic style and graceful splendour, as fashions come and go pearls are a staple which persist. No matter how trendy, alternative or avant garde the fashion collection, they rarely don’t include pearls. Every jewellery collection should include pearls as a basic necessity; they are an ageless fashion choice which never fails to make a sophisticated style statement.
Pearl Necklaces are perhaps the first choice for many when it comes to pearls; they are diverse in appearance and come in diverse range of colours, sizes and shapes. Remember that a white round pearl is not the only choice available, pick from blues, lavender, pink, black, green, white, oval, rice, biwa, baroque and much more besides.
If we take a traditional skew on pearl necklaces the length and size of pearls have conventionally been attributed to certain attires and age groups. We should now ignore such conventions as the flexibility of a pearl strand should not be constrained by antiquated rules, instead pearls should be worn according the wearer’s personal preferences. However, we should have a basic understanding of the popular lengths to better decide what will work best for us.
The Pearl Collar: 12 – 13 inches (30 – 33 cm)
A pearl collar usually consists of multiple strand of pearls which lie comfortably on the centre of the neck, they make a great choice when worn with off the shoulder tops or a stunning V-neck.
The Pearl Choker: 14 – 16 inches (35 – 40 cm)
The pearl choker is a fantastically adaptable necklace which is suitable for everything from casual wear through to dressier occasions, such as weddings, and works with nearly every type of neckline. It’s a great choice if you want to add a delicate touch of class to your work wear.
The Princess Length: 17 – 19 inches (43 – 48 cm)
The princess length necklace is one of the most popular and common choices, and for good reason. It’s a versatile choice which suits a range of necklines, from low to high. The princess necklace is considered the archetypal length and we can thoroughly recommend it for anyone who’s unsure as to which strand length to get.
The Opera Necklace: 26 – 36 inches (66 – 91 cm)
The opera length necklace is a trendy contemporary and good looking option. It can be worn in a variety of ways such as single strand, doubled up, knotted or layered. Wearing this normally formal necklace with casual clothing has quickly gained favour as a fun and progressive statement piece.
The Pearl Rope: 37 plus inches (94 plus cm)
The pearl rope is a 1920s style icon which is experiencing a renaissance. This length of necklace can be sophisticated and provocative. The necklace is often supplied with multiple clasps, allowing the necklace to be broken down into multiple necklaces, allowing for a layering effect. As one piece the necklace can be worn in a single, double, triple or knotted style. A alluring options is have the necklace knotted and slung over the back to emphasise a backless dress.
One of the most recent style choices is to layer multiple pearl necklaces of different pearl sizes, lengths and colours to achieve a unique look which is very much in vogue.