The most classic pearl necklace is a 16-inch white colored strand of Japanese Akoya pearls, 7.5 x 8mm in diameter. This type of necklace is perfect for almost any occasion. However, for those concerned with tradition or for those who are seeking some basic guidelines for their pearl shopping, there are other aspects to consider. These aspects can include the type of pearl, the color and the roundness of each pearl. But the best place to begin a pearl-buying adventure is to consider what diameter of pearl may be appropriate for your occasion.
For young teens, 12 to 16 years old, the petite 5.5 x 6mm diameter is always appropriate. These pearls will never overwhelm a delicate neck or ear, and make perfect gifts for confirmations, Bat Mitzvahs, and Sweet Sixteens. However, these can also be the perfect size for a petite woman, or for the woman who loves the look of pearls, but wants to make a subtle statement.
High school or college graduation often calls for a classic gift from a proud family. Any young woman will remember her family's pride in her accomplishments for years to come with pearls measuring 6 x 6.5 mm. But for her first day on a new job, 7 x 7.5 mm pearls set on a necklace, bracelet or perhaps with matching earrings, will advertise her ability to make a mark. The 7 x 7.5 mm size is also perfect for a number of different occasions, including Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or even a baby shower. This is also an excellent gift for a groom to give his bride on the day of their wedding!
Pearls with a 7.5 x 8mm diameter are often for women ages 30 and up. Necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in this size are excellent for every occasion. This necklace can be dressed up or dressed down and will always suggest an upwardly mobile sophisticated. A necklace of this size pearl also makes a perfect "push present" to celebrate a birth.
Ages 35 and up are suited to the 8 x 8.5 mm pearl. Pearls of this size are rare. In fact, they take more than twice as long to grow which also makes them harder to farm. However, this is the most affordable of the second tier price range, so for a customer wanting to make a statement of success, this is an ideal size. A necklace of this size pearl is at home both in the boardroom and at a black-tie event. This is also an excellent entry-level size for those looking to begin investing in pearls that will appreciate in value.
Jackie Onassis wore 8.5 x 9mm pearls; this is a size ideal for a woman in her late 30s and 40s or the powerfully successful in their early 30s. As one of the more rare sizes of pearls, these advertise power, elegance, breeding, and strength. For the regal woman who will not settle for anything but the very best, the 9 x 9.5 mm size of pearl says she has arrived. However, the 9.5 x 10mm tops the list of the most majestic size of a pearl. Either of these sizes says, with decorum and elegance, that the woman who wears them is not to be underestimated. They are fit to receive a king, to head the table at a Fortune 500 company and to attend opening night at the opera. However, these are general guidelines and should not be considered rules. Fall in love with any size that speaks to you.; nothing is right or wrong when it comes to pearls. They are classic no matter what their size. Furthermore, they are chic accessories that were hailed by Allure magazine as one of the hotter trends among the young starlets in Hollywood. You can never go wrong with pearls of any size, shape or color!