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The Wide World of Pearls, Our 98th Issue: What is a Graduated Pearl Necklace?

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Every day we receive questions from customers all over the world about pearls. We decided to post our answers here for every one to read!

What is a "graduated" necklace?

What is a Graduated Pearl Necklace 

We Answer:

Graduated Pearl Necklaces

A "graduated" pearl necklace simply means that the pearls start small near the clasp and gradually get larger until it reaches the center section. 

Typical graduated strands will see pearls with a 2.0 - 3.0 mm difference, but some can be even steeper with 4.0 and 5.0 mm differences! Our Graduated Akoya pearl necklace for example measures 3.0 - 7.0 mm in size.

For necklaces like Tahitian and South Sea pearls, "graduated" strands are the norm because the harvest amounts are smaller, so processors have less to choose from when matching pearls for a necklace.


What is a Non-Graduated Pearl Necklace? 

Non-Graduated Pearl Necklaces

The vast majority of pearl necklaces you'll find today are "non-graduated", meaning that the pearls feature little to no difference in sizes throughout the strand.
Non-graduated strands will feature measurements like 7.0 - 7.5 mm, meaning that the pearls will have no more than 0.5 mm difference in size overall - often less than that! Many non-graduated strands will have 0.3 mm difference or less. 

Non-graduated pearl necklaces are the norm today due to the way that pearls are cultured in modern times, allowing pearl processors to sort and match strands with the same size, body color and overtone much more easily than in the past when only natural pearls were available to choose from. 

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Weekly Product Spotlight: Graduated White Akoya Pearl Necklace, 4.0-7.0mm

3.0-7.0mm Graduated Japanese Akoya Pearl Necklace

  • This beautiful necklace features 4.0-7.0mm Japanese Akoya pearls, handpicked for their radiant luster.
  • The pearls are strung and double-knotted with the finest silk thread.
  • This necklace is packaged in a beautiful jewelry gift box.
  • This necklace comes standard with a beautiful 14K gold clasp, though premium clasps can be selected for an additional cost.
  • All of our Akoya pearl necklaces are made on site, and our extensive experience and careful attention to detail allows us to create truly beautiful Akoya pearl necklaces.


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