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With so many pearl earring sizes available, it can be tricky to decide what size of pearl earring to buy. Simplistically speaking, it can be a matter of taste; one might want a large pearl earring set as a statement piece or something smaller for everyday wear. Its important to understand that all pearls are sold in .5mm or 1mm size increments. Typically Akoya Pearls are sold increments of .5mm(e.g 6.0-6.5mm) while Freshwater Pearls, Tahitian Pearls and South Sea Pearls are sold in 1mm increments(e.g 8.0-9.0mm).
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Our guide will provide you with a helpful framework to assist you when choosing a pearl earring size. Special thanks to our friend Meghan at SeventhSphinx.com Fashion Blog for helping to put together the pearl size guide. Read her great post here: pearls: the 6mm-11mm size guide ft. Pearls of Joy. Gem grade Freshwater pearls are featured in the photos.
6-7 mm Pearl Earrings
Moving slightly larger, this size is quite lovely for older teens or very young women. For a more petite woman, it can also mimic that classic size typically regarded as size 7mm to 7.5 mm. Women should consider the size of their face as well as their ear lobes; these factors will necessarily influence a selection.
7-8 mm Pearl Earrings
Most often regarded as the ‘classic’ or quintessential size of pearl earrings, this size is popular for any age woman and certainly never goes out of style. A lovely gift for a new bride or new mother, pearl earrings of this size might denote any milestone or special occasion. As the ideal—not too big and not too small pearls—they are usually considered a safe size when gifting for any woman.
8-9 mm Pearl Earrings Pearl Earrings
For the “I have arrived” statement piece, pearl earrings of this size reflect sophistication, style, success, and undeniable elegance! As a larger set of pearls, these boast a chic flair that is impossible to mistake. Jackie Kennedy Onassis was known to wear pearls of this size and, as a style icon, her classic pearl look continues to be emulated.
9-10 mm Pearl Earrings
For queenly pearls, this is the size to select! Gorgeous pearl earrings of this size are ideal for special occasions and will certainly be regarded as an heirloom piece of jewelry. Pearls of this size are swathed in grandeur, luxury, and immense beauty.
10-11 mm Pearl Earrings
aditionally only mature women of power would wear such large earrings but today you'll see them on women of all ages. Big and bold most women will reserve their 10-1mm pearl earrings for special events and formal nights out. If you do wear pearls of this size, expect to attract attention.
Use this guide as a great starting point, but don’t forget to consider your own signature style! Choose pearl earrings that are right for you, that complement your every look.
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