Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Length of the Strand

When pricing pearls, you should take into consideration the length of the strand as well as the milimeter size of the pearls. The pearls trade has specific names for different necklace lengths.  If you need a bit of help choosing between different lengths of pearls, check out the guide below.

COLLAR
A 12"- 14" (30-35cm) necklace. Often considered the dressiest length of pearl necklaces, pearl collars are typically worn in multiple strands, and adorned with decorative clasps or diamond bars.  Pearl collars are ideal for women who enjoy wearing V-neck or boat neck fashions. 
 
CHOKER
A 14"- 16" (35-40cm) necklace whose central pearl normally lies in the hollow of the throat or just below it. It looks especially attractive with V-neck blouses and dresses.
 
PRINCESS
A 16"- 20" (40-50cm) necklace. This slightly longer length is well suited for pearl enhancers (detachable pendants) and can slenderize the neck.
 
MATINEE
A 20"- 26" (50-66cm) necklace. Some people like to wear a matinee length along with a choker. Or they have it strung with two hidden (mystery) clasps so it can also be worn as a bracelet and a shorter necklace.
 
OPERA
A necklace about twice the size of a choker. It is quite common to see them as a way to dress up otherwise casual attire.
 
ROPE
A necklace longer than an opera length. The defined length will vary according to the jeweler or company using term. This type of necklace can be knotted or twisted and used to embellish necklines of all different types. 
 
Pearl necklace lengths are summarized in the following list:
COLLAR
12"- 14"
30-35cm
CHOKER
14"- 16"
35-40cm
PRINCESS
16"- 20"
40-50cm
MATINEE
20"- 26"
50-66cm
OPERA
26"- 36"
66-90cm
ROPE
40" +
1 meter or longer
 
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