– While jewelry trends come and go with every season, some types of jewelry remain classic looks year after year. Pearls are always in fashion due to their simple beauty. Highly versatile, pearls can transition from day to night with ease and can be worn for work, play and special occasions. At drugstore.com, we make it easy to bring more variety to your jewelry box with a wide selection of dazzling pearl jewelry designs, including bracelets, earrings and necklaces. read more about pearls »
A genuine pearl forms when a small particle finds its way into a mollusk's shell. The mollusk releases special secretions to protect itself from the foreign substance, and these secretions harden to create a pearl. Natural pearls are produced by oysters that are found in deep ocean waters. Incredibly rare, these pearls are rarely used in jewelry designs.
Most pearls today are either cultured, freshwater or imitation pearls. Cultured pearls come from mollusks that are raised on farms and injected with materials to make pearls. Many of the pearls sold here at drugstore.com are freshwater pearls created by mollusks that lived in ponds and lakes. Some pearls are imitations made out of glass beads. Imitation pearls are generally the least expensive option when shopping for pearl jewelry.
Interpreting All Those Sizes
When you're shopping for pearl jewelry, you're going to run across some numbers that tell you key information about the sizing of the pieces. The diameter of the pearl is typically included in the product information and will be measured in millimeters (mm). Some pieces will have a single diameter listed, meaning that no pearl in the design is smaller than the size listed.
Others will have a range to indicate the smallest and largest pearl sizes included in the designs. If you're purchasing a bracelet, earrings or a necklace, you're also likely to see sizing information in inches that refers to the overall length of the piece. You can use this information to determine how long earrings will dangle, where a necklace will fall along your neckline and how tightly a bracelet will fit on your wrist.
Weight: 26.3g necklace; 1g Pearl Earring Stone: Faux Pearl Measurements:
457.2mm(18in) Chain; 3mm(.12in) Diameter Small Pearl; 9mm(.36in) Diameter Large Pearl; 12mm(.48in) x 9mm(.36in) x 9mm(.36in) Earring
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