The Timeless Trend of Cultured Freshwater Pearls

We usually don't equate timeless with trendy, but pearl necklaces are truly a timeless trend. Pearls have been popular throughout history, highly regarded as a prim and proper piece of jewelry--classic and steeped in tradition. Pearl necklaces are fashioned in different lengths, giving us a pearl look for any fashion or occasion. Pearls can be worn by women of all ages, and well-chosen pearl necklaces are a valuable investment because of their elegance, beauty and timeless style.

The must-have, ''classic'' piece of pearl jewelry--the single-strand pearl necklace--is just the beginning. Pearl necklaces are found in extra-long lengths, multi-strands, chokers and are even being wrapped around the wrist for endless style options. Pearls can be worn with anything from a casual outfit to a wedding or formal dress. Pearl jewelry sets are fashionable with coordinating earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces. Cultured freshwater pearl designs are incorporating semi-precious bead accents and pearls are dripping from gold or silver chains. Jewelry artists are also designing with colored pearls--creating beautiful tone-on-tone jewelry pieces.

Pearl necklaces are commonly defined by where they hang when worn around the neck, instead of by their physical measurement. Here’s a guide for pearl necklace lengths and how to accessorize with pearl necklaces.

Pearl necklace lengths:

The Pearl Collar - 14 to 17 inches

Three or more strands that fit snugly on the middle of the neck. Accessorize with boat neck, V-neck, or off-the-shoulder fashions.

The Pearl Choker - 16 to 18 inches

Versatile pearl choker is appropriate for accessorizing casual to formal eveningwear, and complements almost any neckline.

The Princess Necklace - 17 to 19 inches

Most common pearl necklace length, the princess necklace is well suited for crew and high necklines. It also complements low, plunging necklines.

The Matinee Necklace - 20 to 25 inches

A pearl matinee necklace is an ideal choice for casual or business attire. Looks best with high necklines and adds sophistication to a professional look.

The Opera Necklace - 26 to 36 inches

Worn as a single strand with high necklines or doubled to create a fashionable two-strand choker. Knot at the neckline or above the bust to create a stylish vintage look and accessorize with casual attire for a cutting-edge fashion statement.

The Pearl Rope - 37 inches or longer

A favorite of Coco Chanel, this luxurious length 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 stunning multi-strand choker. Pearl ropes can also be knotted and slung over the shoulder to accentuate the beauty of a backless dress.

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