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The Wide World of Pearls, Our 92nd Issue: What is the Best Pearl Necklace Size To Buy?

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What is the Best Pearl Necklace Size To Buy?

What is the best pearl size necklace to choose 


We Answer:

Buying the right size pearl necklace is totally individual to each person, of course! What's one person's "Power Pearl" necklace is entirely too large for another, and what would be considered a cute and dainty pearl necklace for some, others would feel completely too small.
So the answer really depends a lot on the person wearing the pearls. 

That said, there are some tried-and-true pearl necklace sizes that are classically perfect for nearly everyone and every occasion! Let's run through some of the most "standard" pearl necklace sizes so you can see what would work for you best. 

Pearl Necklace Size 6.0-6.5mm

6.0-6.5mm Pearl Sizes

Dainty and delicate, the 6.0 – 6.5 mm pearl necklace size is one of the smallest pearl sizes we sell. Perfect for special occasions such as "first pearls" gifts for young girls up to 16 years of age, as well as smaller-framed, petite women. Even those who just prefer a  minimalist look also enjoy the smaller sizes of the 6.5 mm pearl necklace.

Price Range: $309 - $729


Pearl Necklace Size 6.5-7.0mm 


6.5-7.0mm Pearl Necklace Size

One step up from the small 6.5 mm pearl necklace is the 6.5 – 7.0 mm pearls (both Akoya and Freshwater pearls) maintain that diminutive style for wearers who prefer a daintier look.

6.5 - 7.0 mm pearl necklaces offer a tad bit more presence without being overwhelming. The 7.0 mm size is perfect for young ladies from 16 to 25 years old, and is often purchased for Birthday and Graduation gifts.

Price Range: $189 - $699 


Pearl Necklace Size 7.0-7.5mm 


7.0-8.0mm Pearl Necklaces

The 7.0 – 7.5 mm pearl necklace size is our most popular and versatile pearl size that hits all the right notes. The 7.5 mm Akoya or Freshwater pearl sizes offer both elegance and stately presence for women ranging from 18 to 90 years old.

The 7.0 - 7.5 mm pearl necklace is considered “the classic” when it comes to a white pearl necklace. Tried and true, a timeless classic that you just can’t go wrong with, the 7.5 mm pearl size is frequently purchased for Birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Graduations. Ramp up the glamour by stepping up to the 7.5-8.0mm range!

Price Range: $219 - $1,279


Pearl Necklace Size 8.0-9.0mm 


8.0-9.0mm Pearl Necklace Sizes

The 8.0 – 8.5 and 8.5 - 9.0mm pearl necklace sizes we think of as the doorway to real luxury pearls. The 8.5 mm Akoya pearls reach the next tier of pricing and generally are double that of the smaller 7.5 – 8.0 mm size.

These larger sizes require much more time in the water to acquire their thick nacre layers and large sizes, so pricing for larger sizes double with each half-millimeter increase.

The 8.0 – 8.5 mm and 8.5 - 9.0mm pearl necklaces are perfect for adult women in their 30s and up … professionals and women looking to exude an air of elegance and grace are ideal wearers for this size. The 8.5 mm pearls are a perfect gift for Christmas, Anniversaries, Mother’s Day and Birthdays among other milestone events in her life.

Price Range: $1,319 - $5,879


Pearl Necklace Size 9.0-10.0mm 


9.0-10.0mm Pearl Necklace Sizes

The largest and rarest Akoya pearl size is the 9.5 -10.0 mm size … this is the largest size that the Akoya pearl oyster produces. These stunning pearls are for women who know and love their pearls, and are only interested in the best of the best when it comes to their pearls!

The 9.0 - 10.0 mm size is ideal for women in their 40s and older, upper management, CEOs and any woman who wants to project an air of elegance and quiet command. 

These pearls have a nice heft to them without being too heavy around the neck, and while they are in the larger size brackets, these pearls are not overwhelming in the “politician’s pearls” sense. Select these pearl necklaces for special Anniversaries, milestone Birthdays, Christmas and Mother’s Day.

Price Range: $4,719 - $10,399


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 Weekly Product Spotlight: White Akoya Pearl Necklace 8.0-8.5mm


Akoya Pearl Necklace: 8.0-8.5mm - AAA Quality

This is possibly the perfect strand of pearls... Large enough to be noticed as something special, but not overwhelming. This is elegance and class in necklace form.

With three overtones to choose from, these pearls have an inviting and exciting presence with the right blend of mirror-like luster and size.
Available in AAA grade quality, all our pearl strands are hand-knotted between each pearl for security. The pearls are strung with 100% silk thread and finished with a 14K white or yellow gold clasp.

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