The modern girls essential guide to wearing pearls:- They said diamonds are a girls best friend, but they were wrong. Actually - its pearls. Pearls looks wonderful on almost everyone - you just have to pick the right set. Unlike diamonds that often overwhelm the person wearing them, pearls have a clean casual air about them. Pure Class, you know. a lady always wears pearls. Pearls throw a flattering light to the complexion, just like having your own personal airbrusher/lighting crew following you around. They can be sexy and elegant. Its important to wear pearls in a contemporary way that makes a girl look sexy and steers clear of connotations of frumpiness. You dont want frumpiness - you want fresh, classy and sexy! The birth of the PEARL NECKLACE:- This is a guide about 'faux' pearls, not real ones. I am not a big fun of real pearls, which I know sounds strange but do read on as you are about to be surprised. It is important to know, natural, versus cultured, freshwater simulated and other.
1. NATURAL PEARLS:- Until the late 1800's all real pearls were so called ' natural' and very expensive. If you can imagine diving techniques were not that developed either, so young men, (they would have been men and mostly young - as diving is a physically exhausting exercice) would have to risk their life to dive in repeatedly in order to collect oysters. (Sometimes men would die in the attempt - what a waste! It makes wearing fur look like an act of pure humanitarianism.) Even then only a very few of the oysters would contain pearls and of those again only a tiny tiny fraction would be round flawless pearls, suitable for the desirable classic necklace, that was so sought after in its day. The cost of a good necklace with evenly matched pearls was astronomical, and had things not moved on, oysters would in most likelihood be extinct and a short pearl necklace would cost about the same as a six bedroom house in central London. The pearl industry changed dramatically, around the beginning of the 20th century when the Japanese technique of stimulating pearl production by inserting a tiny little bead in the oyster, which would irritate it and force it to produce a pearl, was more or less perfected. There had been experiments with this for a long time, but the results were usually not attractive and often the final item was more like a half pearl, (a hemisphere or a 'mabe' pearl.) This technique, perfected by Mikimoto, was a major breakthrough, as it meant that we could have a reliable and seemingly inexhaustible supply of beautiful quality round pearls. And the cultured pearl was born!
2. CULTURED PEARLS:- Nowadays Cultured pearls can - and indeed are - produced by the millions and vary in quality and price considerably. If you bought a modern pearl necklace today, whatever the cost, it will almost certainly be a 'cultured' pearl necklace, whether it says so or not. Akoya pearls are generally supposed to be the best and they are also subdivided and graded into categories, depending on size, lustre, roundness, flawlessness etc. They are supposed to have a certain investment value. There are numerous other types of real, cultured pearls, (potato pearls, seed etc) and frankly some are exceptionally ugly and very cheap, so just because a 'pearl is real' it doesn't mean anything any more. So never pay a lot of money for 'real pearls' unless you think its worth it to you to wear them. They do not have investment value. Personally, I don't want to wear £1,000 round my neck and worry about it. I'd rather have a beautiful set of 'faux' or 'simulated' pearls, preferably vintage, with an interesting clasp and a flawless glow. As for the investment value, well, pearls are organics and unlike diamonds their lustre does deteriorate with time, unless you are very careful with your pearls they can be easily damaged loosing most of their resale value. Disaster hey!
3. SIMULATED PEARLS:- I suspect the term simulated pearl was a very smart marketing invention, as it sounds very similar to stimulated or cultured pearl which was all the rage at the time. Its just a pretty way of saying 'fake' pearl. Having said that quality simulated pearls used in designer costume jewellery are more beautiful and in fact more valuable than many types of 'real' pearls.
4. FAUX PEARLS:- As with most things french, they sound better. Its exactly the same as a simulated pearl. I have lots of them in my wardrobe. I love 'faux' pearls. They are inexpensive, beautiful and you can wear them every day. Instead of one precious set that you have to insure, you can have lots and wear them with flair and abandon. Think, pilling them on, like Coco Chanel, or the Audrey Herburn 5 row godess, or the Grace Kelly, single strand. (hers might have been real, but who cares.) and more recently Carrie Bradshaw!
WHAT ABOUT COLOUR?
They are not just whilte are they? In fact there is no such thing as just white. Pears have lovely undertones complexity and depth of colour, good faux pearls have a unique richness that remains unsurpassed. Avoid loud garish definite colours. such as bright purples lilacs greens and blues. They look plastic and cheap. - plus they do not throw that flattering light to the face. You want subtetly of colour! The best are pearls with natural colour variatons, of soft white, (super with a black velvet evening dress and diamante clasp.) oyster colour, (great for everyday wear) creamy oyster, pale caramel, (can look fantastic on blondes and those with dark skin), pure white, (for very modern look, careful though it doesn't look too plastic and flat) white with a tinge of pink, (super with a pale mint green twinset and hazel eyes) ivory, off white beige (pale yellow undertones.) Avoid anything too yellow as it will look dirty like old teeth. single row strand 2- row strand three string pearls 5 - row goddess Pearl Necklace length
Like little black dress, a right pearl necklace is every lady’s favorite secret to be elegant and appropriate no matter where she was. Different lengths highlight the beauty of different parts. Short pearl necklace will feature the beautiful lines of neck, while a long one can accentuate the bust and give versatile ways to wear the necklace. In Shecy Pearls, our pearl necklace length includes pearl strand length and clasp.
1. The Pearl Choker
- 14 to 16 inches. (35cm-41cm) This classic and versatile piece is appropriate with everything from casual to formal eveningwear, and complements almost any neckline. The perfect length to add subtle elegance to your workday paired with a button-down shirt.
2. The Princess Necklace
- 17 to 19 inches. (43cm-48cm) The most common length for pearl necklaces, it is well suited for crew and high necklines. It also complements low, plunging necklines. Because 18 inches is considered the classic length for pearl necklaces, this is excellent choice if you are not certain which strand length is most appropriate.
3. The Matinee Necklace
- 20 to 25 inches. (51cm-63cm) The pearl matinee necklace is an ideal choice for casual or business attire. It looks best with high necklines and add sophistication to a professional look. The matinee length is also very well suited for fancier wear such as long sundresses and formal gowns. The extra length of the matinee necklace gives the wearer a sense of luxury and confidence.
4. The Opera Necklace
- 26 to 36 inches. (66cm-91cm) The opera necklace is 26 - 36 inches long and offers many attractive options. It can be worn as a single strand with high necklaces or doubled to create a fashionable two-strand choker. It can be knotted at the neckline or above the bust to create a stylish vintage look that is gaining popularity as a contemporary fashion trend. Traditionally, opera length necklaces are worn with eveningwear, although using them to accessorize more casual attire has become a fresh, cutting-edge fashion statement.
5. The Pearl Rope
- 37 inches or longer. (above 94cm) This luxurious length can be both elegant and sexy. It 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. This versatile length may also be tried in a knot for a charming modern look reminiscent of the height of 1920s flapper fashion.
A very popular trend seen in high-fashion magazines today, pearl ropes can also be knotted and slung over the shoulder to accentuate the beauty of a backless dress. Pearl Necklace Clasp An exquisite necklace clasp is more than a fitting to connect a necklace. It is an important part of the strand, and lift the whole jewerly's glory.
some more info on 'Types of pearl necklaces:
A bib necklace is multiple strands of stepped pearls. Choker
A choker is 35 cm to 40 cm (14" to 16") long and sits on the base of the neck. Dog Collar
A dog collar necklace consists of multiple strands of pearls that lay close to the neck. Graduated Necklace
A graduated necklace consists of a single strand of pearls that has a large pearl in the middle, with the pearls gradually becoming smaller toward the clasp.
A matinee necklace is 55 cm to 60 cm (22" to 24") long and sits at the top of cleavage.
An opera necklace is 75 cm to 90 cm (30" to 36") long and sits at the breastbone.
A princess necklace is 45 cm to 50 cm (18" to 20") long. It is between choker and matinee length.
Sautoir or Rope Necklace
A sautoir or rope necklace is any necklace longer than opera length.
A uniform necklace consists of pearls that appear to be all the same size, although normally there is a slight difference towards the ends so they appear to be in proportion.'
Modern ways to wear pearls and how to avoid frumpiness....
Hang a charm or a favourity crystal. A pink quartz buddha, a gold antique charm. A camelia flower. A big satin bow, or a small velvet one.. Think sexy librarian, SATC. You go girl! I have some fascinating pictures of vintage pearls, how to wear them creating a stir! IF YOU HAVE ANY INTERESTING INFO YOUD LIKE TO SHARE ON LOTUS PEARLS PLEASE CONTACT ME.