as a Pearl
You can never go wrong with
the classic elegance and
timeless beauty of the pearl,
regardless of the occasion
randma was right—every woman needs a pearl
necklace. It’s one of the ﬁnest pieces of jewelry a
woman can purchase, and it has long been adored
over the many centuries for its beauty and elegance.
Pearl necklaces are often a family heirloom, and
many brides wear them on their wedding days. There is something
special about the way pearl necklaces warm to the skin that set
them apart from any other type of necklace. Throughout time and
ancient civilizations, necklaces have a long tradition of signiﬁ-
cance, whether used to display an amulet of protection, a sign of
religion or cultural heritage, or a status symbol for the fashion elite.
Do you prefer the classic, creamy-white pearl necklace or the
more exotic, black Tahitian, or pink pearl necklaces that are avail-
able? Should you buy a single strand or multi-strand necklace? The
choices are as endless as the different personalities of the women
that wear them.
G ONE JEWEL FOR EVERYONE
Pearl jewelry is one of the most versatile types of jewelry known
to man. Pearls exclude no social or economic class, they can go
with any outﬁt, and are suitable for any occasion. Pearls have been
prized for thousands of years by queens and empresses to entre-
preneurs and policy-makers who revel in their ability to project the
image of success, wealth and power. Alternately, pearls are also
symbols of purity and goodness, so they have naturally been the fa-
vored gift for girls and women.
Parents traditionally adorn their girls with pearls for an impor-
tant event, such as the Sweet Sixteen, Prom night or graduation.
Mothers have their daughters wear pearls as brides, and female at-
tendants are often bedecked with pearls. Women love accessories,
using them to enhance their wardrobes, and those who are looking
for the perfect gift for the women in their lives, you can always ﬁnd
this a gift that will be appreciated.
PICKING YOUR PARTICULAR PEARL
The value of the pearls in jewelry is determined by a combina-
PEARL VISION: Actress Katherine Heigl is all about elegant glamour when she is in the
spotlight as she is frequently seen in pearl necklaces. Here she wears a triple strand pearl
necklace with a Princess cut Purple Sapphire gemstone.
tion of the luster, color, size, lack of surface ﬂaw and symmetry that
are appropriate for the type of pearl under consideration. Among
those attributes, luster is the most important differentiator of pearl
quality, according to jewelers. All factors being equal, however, the
larger the pearl the more valuable it is. Large, perfectly round
pearls are rare and highly valued. Teardrop-shaped pearls are often
used in pendants.
A pearl necklace may use a palette of colors ranging from white
to black. Irresistibly extraordinary, rare black Tahitian pearls show-
case dark, sexy shades of grey and black, shimmering overtones and
a bright, crisp luster. Freshwater pearls are used in a wide variety of
pearl jewelry, because of their natural luster and variety of sizes,
colors and shapes to be easily incorporated into almost any design.
Colors generally range from cream to silver-white, but can reﬂect
other overtones in the surface, such as a natural pink, lavender or
rose color, and they will stay vivid and true for a lifetime. Color