Pearl Necklace Lengths – How to Wear Pearls
Pearl Necklaces come in 5 lengths ranging from choker length
at 12 to 13 inches to the super long rope pearl necklaces from 37 inches to
Tradionally the different lengths of pearl necklaces have
been associated with certain age groups but we at Bijoux Pearls feel that any
one can wear any length of necklace and it does not have to be based on age but
on the occasion for which the pearls are to be worn. The wearer’s personal taste and creativity
also plays a part.
Listed below are an explanation of the various pearl
necklace lengths and how they should be worn and the fashions they can be worn
Collar or Choker
Length ranges from 12 to 16 inches are made up of one or
more strands of pearls. The choker or
collar is designed to lie flat against the neck. The necklace evokes the type
of jewellery of the Victorian era and is a very feminine piece of
jewellery. Pearl collars or chokers
complement boat neck, v-neck or off the shoulder clothing and can be worn with anything
from formal evening wear to casual fashions.
A single strand choker is appropriate for day wear with the
multiple strand chokers appropriate for cocktail or evening wear.
The Princess Length Pearl Necklace
Length ranges from 17 to 19 inches. The princess length necklace is the most
common length for pearl necklaces and 18 inches is considered the classic
length for pearl necklaces. The princess
length pearl necklace is an excellent start if you don’t know which length you
should go for and this length is the most versatile.
This length of necklace can also be enhanced by adding a
pendant perhaps in a semi precious stone to the necklace to update.
The princess length pearl necklace suits crew and high
necklines and also goes with low necklines.
Bijoux Pearls stocks a range of pearl necklaces in the Princess length.
The Matinee Pearl Necklace
Length ranges from 20 to 26 inches and is a few inches
longer than the Princess Length Pearl necklace and shorter than the opera
length pearl necklace. The Matinee
length necklace should fall just to beginning of the cleavage area and is
suitable for high necklines, clothing such as formal or evening gowns or long
sundresses or business clothing.
The Opera Length Pearl Necklace
Length is 26 – 36 inches long and is quite versatile. The opera length pearl necklace can be worn
long as a single strand or it can be looped to create a two strand pearl
necklace or choker. It can be knotted at
the bottom or at the top to create a stylish look. Classic opera pearl necklaces are tradionally
worn with evening gowns but they are now worn for a number of occasions ranging
from casual to formal.
The length of the Opera length pearl necklace should fall to the mid – section.
Rope Length Necklace
Length is 37 inches or longer. The pearl rope length necklace can be doubled
or tripled to make a multi pearl necklace. The trend now is to tie a knot or
two into the necklace for a look evoking the flapper styles of the 1920’s.
Another way to wear the pearl rope necklace is to wear the
pearls trailing towards your back and this style goes particularly well with a
The pearl rope necklace can be worn in a multitude of way.
See our guide on wearing rope pearls.