Perfect shining spheres. Lustrous baroque forms. Seductive stands, warm to touch. It's not surprising that pearls are favored by women around the globe. 

Jacqueline Onassis, Princess Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn are a few of the timeless beauties that come to mind when we think of a classic strand of cultured pearls and traditional cultured pearl stud earrings. 

 

In fashion, pearls offer many exciting accessorizing opportunities. 

 

Below you will find popular lengths and sizes of pearl strands, along with some guidelines for how to wear pearls.

 

The Pearl Collar 12 to 13 inches

 Pearl collars are 12-13 inches long. They are usually made up of three to more strands and lie  snugly on the middle of the neck. Pearl collars are an ideal complement to boat neck, V-neck, or  off-the-shoulder fashions. 

 

 

 The Pearl Choker 14 to 16 inches

Pearl choker is 14-16 inches long. This classic and versatile piece is appropriate with everything from casual to formal evening wear, and complements almost any neckline. The perfect length to add subtle elegance to your workday paired with a button-down shirt, yet just as stylish with a cocktail dress. 

 

 

The Princess Necklace 17 to 19 inches

The princess necklace is 17-19 inches in length. The most common length for pearl necklaces, it is well suited for wear with crew and high necklines. It also complements low, plunging necklines. Because 18 inches is considered the classic length for pearl necklaces, this is an excellent choice if you are not certain which strand length is the most appropriate.

 

 

 

The Opera Necklace 26 to 36 inches

The opera length necklace is 26-36 inches long and offers many attractive options. It can be worn as a single strand with high necklace or doubled to create a fashionable two-strand choker. It can be knotted at teh neckline or above the bust to create a stylish vintage look that is gaining popularity as a fashion trend. Traditionally, opera length necklaces are worn with evening wear, although using them to accessorize more casual attire has become a fresh, cutting-edge fashion statement. 

 

 

 

The Pearl Rope 37 inches or longer

A pearl rope is 37 inches or longer. This luxurious length can be both stunning and elegant. It can be made with several clasps, enabling it to be broken down into different necklace and bracelet combinations, or doubled and even tripled to create a gorgeous multi-strand choker. This versatile length may also be tied in a knot for a charming modern look reminiscent of the height of 1920s flapper fashion. A very popular way to wear pearls, ropes may also be knotted and slung over the shoulder to accentuate the beauty of a backless dress. 

 

 

 

 

Pearls are no longer only for the country club. Increased availability of pearls and broader range of sizes, shapes and colors have opened the door to pearls in everyday fashion. Their uses in your jewelry wardrobe are as varied as the personal tastes. 

 

       

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