Accessorizing With Pearls

By: Kingston Amadan

Few other types of jewelry can match the inherent beauty of pearls. Whether freshwater or saltwater, black, white or any color in between, pearls offer something that no precious metals or gemstones can provide. Perhaps that's why accessorizing with pearls is so popular. Pearls have always been a popular choice among consumers, but interest in pearls has increased steadily over the last two decades.

Unlike other options, pearls have the capacity to be understated, depending on their size and color. Though the range of colors pearls can be found in is ever widening thanks to new cultivating techniques, pearls generally fall into one of three color schemes. White pearls are most common, followed by colored pearls with hues that range from pink to almost orange.

Black pearls round out the list and are often the priciest of pearls.

Tahitian black pearls make exceptional accessories, especially for business and evening wear. Elegant and dressy by nature, these pearls can often be found in cufflinks, earrings and pendant necklaces. White pearls are equally well suited for finer attire, but also go well with casual wear. Colored pearls look best when matched to clothing of a similar or analogous color.

Single strand pearl necklaces usually look better when the pearls that make up the necklace are of the same dimensions, though necklaces with large pearls at the center and descending sizes in each direction can be beautiful with the right fashions. For bracelets, triple strands are becoming more popular, though the single strand bracelets are the top choice for elegant eveningwear.

Pearl earrings can be single pearls studs, clusters, halves or hanging. Single pearl earrings are the most popular, especially white Akoya studs. Unlike round earrings made of gold or other precious metals, the dimensionality of pearls works well with all facial types, whether round, long or anywhere in between.

The important thing to remember when purchasing pearls is that, like diamonds, it's better to get the best pearl you can afford, even if that means sacrificing size. Quality pearls from a reputable jeweler, preferably one specializing in pearls only, will be something you can enjoy for a lifetime.


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