STYLES AND LENGTHS OF PEARL NECKLACES

Warren Feld
8 min readMay 7, 2020

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Styles and Lengths of Pearls

Because the history of pearls has been very much a part of the history of nobility, there have been many customs and social expectations that have arisen around pearls. One of these has to do with styles and lengths.

Graduated: Beads are graduated in size, with the largest in the center, and decreasing in size on either side towards the clasp.

Uniform: All the pearls are within .5mm of each other in size.

Choker: One or more strands worn just above the collarbone, typically 15 1/2" to 16 1/2".

Princess: 18" length

Matinee: 22–24" length

Opera: 30–32" length

Continuous Strand: A necklace without a clasp, typically over 26" in length so that it can slip over someone’s head.

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Warren Feld

Beading and jewelry making have been wonderful adventures, from custom work, production work, and teaching. *Design is about the ability to make smart choices.