Pearl Necklace Buying Guide

Pearl necklaces are classic yet modern jewelry that work flawlessly in any situation you may find yourself in.

Before cultured pearls were brought to the consumers of the world, pearl necklaces were a extreme luxury and considered the jewelry of kings and queens exclusively.

A Pearl Necklace less than 100 years ago was worth an absolute fortune, in many cases valued at more than an average worker could ever hope to afford even after a lifetime of work.

Luckily for us things have changed, cultured pearl necklaces have taken the place of natural pearl necklaces for their comparable beauty and affordability.

One of the most important and relevant questions to ask yourself when looking to purchase a pearl necklace is how long should it be ?

When it comes to choosing a necklace, it is a matter of personal preference, there is no right or wrong choice but there is a length and size suitable for every occasion...

Pearl Necklace Lengths, Denoted in Inches

Pearl Collar Necklace 12-13"

The pearl collar fit's snugly around the neck, and is usually multiple strands of pearl, most often 2 or 3 strands.  This style is very flattering and appropriate for a wide age group.

Pearl Choker Necklace 14- 16"

The pearl choker most compliments a strapless dress or a plunging neckline, as it falls perfectly at the base of the neck.  A classic piece that is great to give for a high school or college graduation gift.  In addition this necklace length works well with off the shoulder tops or dresses, boat necks and v-necks.

Pearl Princess Necklace 17-19"

The princess necklace is one of our most popular and common lengths of pearl necklace with 18" being most desired. This is a very versatile necklace that can be worn with just about anything from casual wear to formal wear. This necklace is also another very versatile necklace, as it can work well with many different necklines and items in your wardrobe.

This necklace is also very chic when paired with a beautiful suit for the office or meeting, as it is a classic and truly the staple of any pearl jewelry collection.

Pearl Matinee Necklace 20-24"

Elegant in length, the matinee is a beautiful piece.  Many women prefer to wear this length with either casual or business attire.  This necklace falls at the top of your bust, so when wearing the matinee necklace it is best not to wear it with plunging necklines.

Pearl Opera Necklace 30-36"

This wonderful necklace is a really fun piece.  The opera necklace is elegant on its own as a single strand or great to be worn as a multi-strand necklace.  This necklace is stunning when worn with really high necklines, as the necklace really does stand out.

Pearl Rope Necklace 37" or Longer

The rope has a lot of versatility, and many different ways in how this necklace can be worn.  There is no way to not stand out when wearing this luxurious necklace.  This spectacular necklace is a great look that can easily be worn from day into evening in countless settings you may find yourself in.

How to choose the right size of pearl:

6.5 - 7.0 Millimeter Pearls:

This size was once recommended for someone who was a bit younger in age, but there has been quite a shift in consumer demand and fashion trends as many women of nearly every age group have been wearing this size of pearl with stunning results.

The main reason this size of pearl was once primarily targeted to a younger age group was if you were to put a larger size strand on someone who is younger, it would look as if they were wearing their mother's pearls or perhaps even costume jewelry, and were simply perceived to be out of place.

7.0 – 7.5 millimeters Pearls:

Beautiful and classic, this size is great for someone looking for something not too big, yet not too small. This size is perfect for a first time buyer, as it is still elegant, yet not too expensive.  These timeless pearls are a perfect gift for that certain special occasion or a college graduation gift.

8.0 – 8.5 millimeters Pearls:

The larger the pearls, the more value they have.  If you aren't quite sure if you want a large necklace, yet you still want something that has enough wow, we are sure you would be more than happy in this size range.

These pearls still have a timeless beauty, yet make a statement at the same time.  At this size these pearls would definitely catch an eye or two - Elegant yet subtle at the same time.  Great for a birthday gift or any other special occasion!

9.0 – 9.5 millimeters Pearls:

People will feel drawn to you when you wear a necklace like this.  At this size it is still quite large in size, and very complimentary for all figures.  This size is a great gift for an anniversary, mothers day, or simply just to show how much you love her.

10 millimeters Pearls and above:

You are sure to make a statement with pearls in this size.  If you would like a necklace that is pure luxury and makes a statement, anything in this size range is perfect for you.  A larger size pearl necklace says refined elegance, and a woman who can take care of herself.  Any room you walk in with this necklace on is sure to captivate everyone.

Choosing the Color of Your Pearls

The most common color of pearl necklaces include white, pink, lavender,peach, black, with a multitude of tonal variations in between. The most popular color are white as they are viewed by the general public as the classic "pearl look".

Choosing your pearls color is up to you. Consider buying your pearl necklace to coordinate with your clothing or a special event that you may be attending.

It is common for many women to own several pearl necklaces of various sizes, colors and qualities to fit the environment or event that they are attending.

Pearl Necklace Quality

The next step is to evaluate the pearl necklace quality you would like.

Pearl quality is determined by a pearls luster, thickness of nacre, and surface quality.


The highest quality is AAA grade. AAA quality pearl necklaces have beautiful luster, thick nacre and very little surface imperfections. AAA pearls are the most desirable and valuable and of course the rarest.

Buying Your Pearl Necklace

When buying a pearl necklace, it is also of critical importance to have faith and trust in the company's skill set to ensure the craftsmanship and quality of your finished piece of jewelry.

For example a poorly matched pearl necklace with obvious color differences between the individual pearls won't show the true beauty of the necklace.

At Pearls in Time we are critical at every point of the jewelry manufacturing process from the hand selection of every pearl we purchase to the final product that you will put around your neck.

Each piece of jewelry we sell is manufactured in house by our own GIA certified jeweler that has specialized in pearl jewelry. We stand behind our product with our no nonsense no questions asked money back guarantee.

If you have any questions what so ever please do not hesitate to use our contact form below and one of our highly qualified staff will get back to you typically within 1 business day.

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