How to choose pearl necklaces
How to Choose Pearl Necklaces
No one has to tell a woman the charming effect that a pearl necklace can have on her overall appearance, but what many women don’t know is how this effect can be greatly heightened by wearing just the right length of necklace with just the right neckline. Suitable necklines can also be chosen according to seasons, age factors and, as always, individual taste.
Pearl Necklace Length
Below is a chart showing popular pearl necklace lengths paired with necklines and types of clothing that set them off to their best advantage.
Necklace lengths according to seasons, face shape, neck length and build
As different types of clothing and necklines are worn in different seasons, this will naturally affect the necklace styles that predominate in any given season.
Shorter pearl necklaces are generally more attractive with summer or autumn wear, as short pearl necklaces are shown to their best advantage with open collars. Further, a short simple strand around the neck simply looks cooler on a hot summer day. In winter or early spring, longer necklaces are more popular, as they go well with sweaters, long coats or clothes with high collars.
The shape of one’s face also plays a part in choosing pearl necklace lengths. A longer necklace will work better for short faces, while short necklaces are more suitable for long faces (a long necklace would tend to exaggerate the length of the face and vice-versa), and the shortening effect is even further enhanced with double or triple strands. Those with round faces would do better not only to avoid very short necklaces but even round pearls, and go instead with a strand of long drop-shaped pearls. Those with inverted triangle faces generally look best with long necklaces, and would best avoid necklace shapes with clear angles.
Neck length is also an important factor. Those with short necks generally look better with long and thin pearl necklaces, or necklaces with graduated pearl sizes, and often a pendant necklace will work nicely too. However, long and thick necklaces should be avoided. Long, thin necks are better offset with short, large necklaces closer to the neck, while twisted necklace styles often produce very pleasing effects.
By now, you have probably gotten the idea - and can imagine how these general principles extend to one’s build. A thin person will generally look more attractive with a shorter necklace, and a long/thin necklace will look perfect for someone of a shorter height. A person with larger build would do better to choose long/thin necklaces, preferably with a pendant or enhancer.