You can buy pearl necklaces in a number of different lengths. Generally speaking, shorter
necklaces flatter long necks, while long necklaces are nice for smaller necks. The lengths
and names are as follows.
Collar - 12-13"
Choker - 14-16"
Princess - 17-19"
Matinee - 20-25"
Opera - 26-36"
Rope - 37" or longer
The most popular is the Princess length since it is a good length for
both long and smaller necks.
The pearl color does not affect the value of the pearl, instead it is completely in the
eye of the beholder. Most people buy pearls that best match their skin tone. People with
light skin usually buy white or pink pearls while people with darker skin tones tend to
buy black or lavender pearls. In America, white pearls are the most popular, while in
Asia, silver are the most sought after.
When buying pearl jewelry you should consider if you want an entire set, or just a certain
piece. If for instance, you buy the necklace, and then later decide to buy the bracelet /
earrings they may not match as well as if you had bought a set. Even if you buy the same
size, and color, the style may not be the same. Some stores will allow you to buy the
individual pieces of a set. So if you want to buy the other pieces at a later time, they
will still match.