Size Matters!
The pearl necklace: few items have such cachet for so many women of all ages.  It has become such a classic that it has evolved its own set of criteria, each with its own distinctive styling.

 

Collars

 

Chokers

 (12-13")

 (14-16")

Pearl collars are usually made up of three of more strands and lie snugly on the middle of the neck. Very Victorian in  origin, pearl collars   look best with elegant V-neck, boat neck or off the shoulder fashions.

The pearl Choker is perhaps the most classic and yet versatile of all the single strand lengths. A simple pearl choker can go with virtually any outfit from casual to fancy evening wear, and just about any neckline imaginable.

 

Princess

 

Matinee

   (17-19")

   (20-24")

The Princess length necklace is best suited for crew and high necklines. It also complements low plunging necklines.
Hint - it's perfect support for a pendant.

Longer than the choker; and just a bit shorter than an opera length, the matinee necklace is the right choice for casual or business dressing and is guaranteed to add a chic touch to any ensemble

 

Opera

 

Rope

(28-34")

(45")

The opera necklace is the queen of all lengths. When worn as a single strand, it is refined and perfect for high or crewnecks.. When doubled upon itself, it serves as a versatile two-strand choker. The historic origins come from its association with well to do Renassaince women who patronized the opera.  Today, you just need to love pearls, not Puccini.

Dripping with elegance and sensuously sexy, the pearl rope was a favorite of Coco Chanel. Ask your jeweler about mystery clasps placed in strategic locations around the necklace that will enable you to break it down into multi stranded necklace and bracelet combinations. For those looking for a complete pearl wardrobe, this length is a must.

 

An old legend tells us that pearls were formed when dewdrops filled the moonlight, fell into the ocean and were swallowed by oysters.  While the information I presented today is not nearly as romantic, one thing remains consistent: pearls on girls are a marvelous combination.

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