A symbol of perfection and incorruptibility, pearl necklaces are the epitome of class.
When it comes to pearl jewellery, these necklaces are a staple in the jewellery boxes of women all around the world. They come in a variety of colours, shapes, and varieties. From the South Sea pearl, which is predominantly cultured off the coast of Indonesia, The Philippines and Australia, to the Freshwater pearls which originate from Lake Biwa in Japan.
At Grahams, you will find women's necklaces featuring many of the different species of pearls at a variety of different lengths, including the shorter everyday length that sits within the middle of your chest as well as the extra-long flapper style necklaces that are reminiscent of the ones seen in the film, The Great Gatsby.
Many women favour pearl necklaces due to their versatility as it does not matter if you wear them with gold, silver or even rose gold jewellery, the chances are they will still look incredibly chic. Their understated nature also means they will pair seamlessly with gemstones and other colourful pieces.
If you prefer all your jewellery to match, complement your pearl necklace with a pair of pearl earrings, a pearl ring or even a couple of pearl bracelets which you can layer with bangles and other bracelets in your collection.
The birthstone for June, pearl is a great way to spoil the June babies in your life as they are a piece you can wear and cherish forever.
Type of pearl necklaces
There are several types of pearl necklaces, each with their own unique features that make them beautiful to wear and unique for individual preferences.
A strand necklace is made up of a string of pearls that are individually knotted. They can range from choker to opera length and can be made up of any type of pearl, including freshwater which have a lovely colour and tone.
Single pearl necklace
This type of necklace features a singular pearl set in a pendant that hangs from a chain or cord. They can be both statement pieces, and more subtle, depending on the characteristics of the pearl. This type of necklace emphasises the beauty of a single gem and is generally more affordable, yet just as beautiful.
An opera necklace is a long strand of pearls that are designed to be worn over the top of a blouse or dress. They can be up to 36 inches long (or longer) and are a popular choice for formal events. An opera necklace is a classic and chic look that is sure to impress.
Caring for your pearl necklace
Pearl necklaces are very special and require care to maintain their beauty and lustre.
- Store your pearls separately: Keep your pearls in a soft cloth pouch or jewellery box to prevent them from scratching against other jewellery.
- Avoid harsh chemicals: Avoid exposure to household chemicals, perfumes, and cosmetics, as these can damage the pearls' surface and dull their lustre.
- Restring periodically: Restring your pearl necklace every one to two years to maintain its strength and prevent it from breaking. This will also help ensure that the pearls are properly spaced and aligned.
- Handle with care: Always handle your pearl necklace with care, as rough handling can cause the pearls to scratch or become damaged.
- Clean regularly: Use a soft, damp cloth to clean your pearls after each use. This will help remove any dirt or oils that may have accumulated on the surface.
By taking these simple steps, you can ensure that your pearl necklace remains beautiful for many years to come!
Qualities of pearls
There are certain factors that can be evaluated based on several factors that determine its quality, you should include these features of a pearl when shopping for your next piece.
Lustre: Luster is a measure of the light reflecting off the surface of the pearl. High-quality pearls will have a bright, mirror-like lustre, while low-quality pearls will appear dull and chalky.
Surface Quality: The surface of a pearl should be free of blemishes and cracks. The fewer blemishes a pearl has, the more valuable it is.
Size: Pearl size is measured in millimetres and can range from small seed pearls to large South Sea pearls. Larger pearls are generally more valuable, but size alone does not determine the value of a pearl.
Colour: Pearl colour can range from white to black, with many shades in between. Some of the most sought-after pearl colours include white, cream, and black.
Origin: The origin of a pearl can also affect its value. Pearls from certain regions, such as the South Pacific, are considered more valuable than others.
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