Tips to Consider When Picking Pearl Jewelry

They say, it is a female’s first necklace! Exactly, am referring to a strand of pearls. Coming in huge colors and sizes, pearls complete your look – from being peppy to classic, flirty to exotic; they give you the apt look. I will take you through the variety of styles of pearl jewelry, their price decisive factors and a few more handy tips. This is actually what I learned after traveling recently to a jeweler in St George, and he taught me a lot about picking the right pearls.

Sheila Pearl BraceletPhoto Credit: Elaine Thornton

Necklace Types

Although the pearl jewelry pieces have ear tops and bracelets too, nothing is more sought-after than the necklace or strands. You have a great variety here:

·      Collar – it is 12 to 14 inches long and was in demand during Victorian period. It is worn like collar, on the neck.

·      Opera – it is an exceptionally long style of necklace especially for formal wear. However, you can convert it and give a more casual look by tying a knot.

·      Choker – it is similar to that of collar, just somewhat longer up to 16 inches.

·      Bib – it is a multi stranded neckpiece of varying lengths

·      Rope – as the name suggests, it is the longest pearl strand with more than 36 inches length. You can double or put a knot and mark your style quotient.

·      Matinee – it is 20 to 24 inches in length and goes along with formal or semi-formal attires perfectly.

·      Princess – it is typically 17 to 19 inches in length and can be paired with any type of dress. It is a classic versatile strand.

This equips you with the preliminary idea about the pearl necklaces available to match your style and occasion. Besides, youngsters can start with smaller pearl sizes (say 6 to 7 mm) strands and as they mature, allow the size of pearls to grow as well.

What about the cost

There are several factors to bear in mind while verifying the cost of your pearl jewelry, be it cultured or natural. Natural ones are always more expensive than the former. Here are the 4 S’s:

1. Shape: Rounder the pearl to perfection, greater is the cost. If they are oval or not exactly round, they will be quoted less.

2. Size: As it is said, size matters and with respect to pearls it does very much. We know that it takes considerable time for the creation of pearls. And bigger the size, more time they consume and so is the cost.

3. Surface: Another important aspect is a clean surface as this in turn affects the luster. Buyers generally prefer mirror-like luster and hence cleaner the surface, better is the luster.

4. Smoothness: Take the tooth-test to check if the pearl is a real one or imitation. It’s simple. Rub the pearl gently on the front side of a tooth. If it feels gritty then bingo! You have the real pearl in your hand else it is counterfeit.

Knowing these 4 S’s would indeed increase your probability of going for the fairest deal. Besides, you also need to ensure a few more things, which are:

·      Photos can be deceptive. Don’t go by the shine. The piece may appear different without those picture perfect effects. If you cannot visit the store yourself, ensure that your deal is backed with a good return policy.

·      You should know your vendor well. And your vendor should know the pearl jewelry even better. Most of the sellers sit with half knowledge about their products.

·      Explore before picking your perfect pearl jewelry.

There you have it, that’s how you pick the perfect pearl. And if you’re going to be doing any traveling to find the right pearl, make certain you follow these tips and you’ll find success.