A Brief History of Pearls: Cultured Pearl Gifts and Gift-Giving

  A brief history of pearls


Throughout history, pearls have been the gift of love. And for that, tradition has made them the jewel of brides. No other gem conveys more the warmth, depth, and eternal quality of love. Giving the gift of love with cultured pearls is always appropriate. With an endless variety of styles and jewelry choices, the perfect pearl gift awaits everyone on any important occasion.

In addition to weddings, think of anniversaries, holidays. Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, graduations, promotions, birthdays (especially in June, the pearl birthstone month). Cultured pearl gifts are as wondrous and varied as your loved ones: necklaces, bracelets, pendants, rings and pearl earrings of all kinds, as well as brooches, cufflinks and tie tacks. Cultured pearls are the perfect gift because they suit so many tastes. From homemakers and socialites to students and businesswomen, cultured pearls always hit the mark. Young girls introduced to cultured pearls will covet them for every special occasion in their lives, from their First Communion or high school graduation to their wedding day and beyond.

What lovelier gift for a new mother? For an important success in school or business? Pearl gifts forever remind her of her life's best moments. A fine strand of cultured pearls symbolizes that a woman has attained a certain level socially and economically. And as every woman takes pride in knowing her pearls are real, she secretly enjoys how their soft, sensual smoothness embodies her very essence. When it comes to pearls' meaning, jewelry like this simply can't be matched.

Cultured pearls are the most feminine and romantic of all gems, and they never go out of style. The versatility of pearl jewelry lets every fashionable woman make her statement, whatever the occasion.

The ultimate form of cultured pearl jewelry is the most versatile of all: the necklace. Coming in six standard lengths, each pearl necklace gift makes a fashion statement of its own. Necklaces comprise over 60 percent of all cultured pearl jewelry sales, so it's important that you be well-prepared to discuss their various lengths and the versatile fashion styles they complement best. First are the collars, the shortest length, which are usually 12 to 13 inches. Collars consist of three or more strands that lie snugly on the middle of the neck. Very Victorian and luxurious, pearl collars go best with elegant V-neck, boat-neck or off-the-shoulder fashions.

Next in length are chokers, which are usually 14 to 16 inches long. Perhaps the most versatile of all single-strand lengths, this classic style goes with virtually any outfit, from casual to fancy eveningwear and just about any neckline. Best suited for crew or high necklines, princess necklaces are 17 to 19 inches in length. Princess necklaces complement low, plunging necklines and are perfect supports for pendants. At 20 to 24 inches, the matinee length is quite right for those seeking a more mature, conservative look, perfect for casual or business dress and the theatre. Opera necklaces, at 28 to 34-inches, are the queen of all lengths. Refined and perfect for high or crew necklines, an opera necklace may be worn as a single strand, or when doubled, as a two-strand choker.

And finally, at over 45 inches, are the rope necklaces. These simply drip with elegance and luxury, but they're practical as well. Rope necklaces often have mystery clasps placed in strategic locations to allow them to be separated into multi-strand necklace-and-bracelet combinations. For women seeking the complete pearl wardrobe, this length is a must.

How pearls form in oysters
How pearls are harvested
How pearls brought to market
Know your Akoya pearls
Akoya Pearl Cultivation
Akoya Pearl Harvesting
Akoya Pearl Processing
Akoya Pearl Evaluation
Quality Factor One: Luster
Luster of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Two: Surface
Surface of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Three: Shape
Shape of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Four: Color
Color of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Five: Size
Size of Akoya Pearls
Know your South Sea pearls
South Sea Pearl Cultivation
South Sea Pearl Harvesting
South Sea Pearl Processing
South Sea Pearl Quality Evaluation
Luster of South Sea Pearls
Surface of South Sea Pearls
Shape of South Sea Pearls
Color of South Sea Pearls
Size of South Sea Pearls
Know your Tahitian pearls
Tahitian Pearl Cultivation
Tahitian Pearl Harvesting
Tahitian Pearl Processing
Tahitian Pearl Quality Evaluation
Luster of Tahitian Pearls
Surface of Tahitian Pearls
Shape of Tahitian Pearls
Color of Tahitian Pearls
Size of Tahitian Pearls
Gift Giving Occasions