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Pearl Jewelry

Pearl Jewelry

The pinnacle of class, and the subject of an unforgettable image from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, pearl jewelry makes a very subtle statement about elegance and culture. St. Jude Jewelry prides itself on a wide assortment of pearl jewelry, as well as a veritable ocean of knowledge on the subject. Peruse our online collection today, or perhaps stop by our store for a visit. Our trained jewelers can help you in selecting the perfect item for any number of occasions.

A symbol of purity, virtue, and modesty, pearls are a sought-after “organic gem” of sorts, harvested from the deep waters’ oysters, as they have been since the beginning of recorded history. Formed when a tiny irritant, such as a single grain of sand, becomes lodged within the shell of an oyster, the pearl is the result of layer after layer of nacre deposited around it. This process takes years, and it is one of the reasons pearls are relatively rare and highly prized.

Today, most pearls are farmed, and one can find them in a variety of different styles, shapes, sizes, and colors, depending on the growing conditions. At St. Jude Jewelry, we can help you choose from among any number of types, including Akova, Cortez, Mabe, South Sea, and Tahitian. Akoya pearls are typically white or cream in color, but can also be black or grey. Cortez pearls are available in a spectrum of colors, including the shimmering black pearl. Mabe pearls are highly lustrous, while South Sea pearls are among the largest cultured pearls, coming in in either white, cream or gold. Tahitian pearls are naturally grey, silver, or black, but the most sought-after colors are the highly prized peacock green with overtones.

Classic pearl jewelry comes in many forms, and to assist with your vocabulary, consider the following terms as a reference. The “Bib” is a necklace consisting of several strands of pearls of varying lengths. The “Collar” consists of multiple strands of pearls and were very popular during the Victorian ear, worn high on the neck. The “Choker” is similar to a “Collar,” but somewhat lower on the neck and between 14-16 inches in length. The “Princess” is recognized as the classic length for a pearl necklace and lies slightly below the neck, typically 17 to 19 inches in length. The “Matinee” style is routinely seen in both formal and semi-formal situations with both suits and dresses, approximately 20-24 inches in length. The “Opera” falls bellows the bust line and is typically worn at formal occasions, 30 to 36 inches in length. The “Rope” is the longest of all the pearl necklaces, and it can be doubled, as well as knotted, to handle its 36-plus inches of length.

Pearl jewelry has long been a favorite among buyers, and will most likely continue to be so for centuries to come. Visit us today and let us help you in your purchase.