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A pearl necklace is effortlessly chic. When we look at some of the most elegant women in history, they all have one thing in common – their love for a pearl necklace. Everyone from royalty to classic style icons has adopted pearls as their signature. Every woman should have a pearl knot necklace in their jewelry box.

Pearls are an heirloom that can be passed from one generation to the next. We’re sharing how to wear this classic necklace, whether it’s a choker or rope pearl necklace, and what to consider when shopping for one.

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A quick history of pearl necklaces

Natural pearls are known as the ‘Queen of Gems’ and have been used for centuries. You’ll find pearl jewelry in the Louvre that dates back to 420 BC. In ancient Rome, pearls became a status symbol.

While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, pearls are forever. Coco Chanel is largely responsible for making pearl studs an everyday essential with costume jewelry. She famously said that “a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearl”.

Since the mid-20th century, a pearl strand necklace was no longer reserved for socialites.

Although freshwater pearls are a common choice, you’ll find a variety of styles made to fit different price points and styles, including baroque pearls and Tahitian pearls.

How to choose a pearl rope necklace

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Before you start thinking about styling a pearl necklace, you want to find one that works for you. There are a few things to consider when choosing any pearls. You want a necklace that will look amazing on you and suit your personality.

Your skin tone and complexion are the first things you want to consider. If you have a darker complexion, pearls with a gold finish will look better for you. Wearing white or ivory pearls will help to brighten lighter complexions.

When you’re choosing between different lengths, consider the neckline and shape of your usual daily outfit. If you’re a fan of a v neck dress, you can usually choose any length of pearl rope necklace.

When should you wear a long pearl necklace?

Coco Chanel is famous for making knotted rope necklaces an everyday essential. Pearls are a staple for any formal occasion.

Whether you’re styling them with an open back dress or a wrap dress, pearls will always be the height of fashion. Wearing an opera length pearl necklace is great for occasions when you want to make a statement.

For semi-casual occasions, a choker necklace may be a better choice for you. Longer lengths are best reserved for evening events or special occasions like weddings.

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When should you not wear pearl necklaces?

You can wear pearls every day. It’s all about choosing the right pearls to fit the occasion. Wearing a longer pearl rope isn’t usually appropriate for day-to-day styling or business casual events. For more casual occasions, a mid-length strand might be a better choice.

If you want to style pearls as part of your everyday look, a pearl clip or knot stud earrings are the perfect investment. You can style them together for a coordinated look or style them separately with a more casual outfit.

Choosing the right pearl necklace length

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When you explore our website, you’ll find that we offer pearl necklaces of every length. Whether you’re looking for a choker or a three-strand necklace, you want to consider your closet when buying a pearl necklace.

When you’re buying a pearl necklace for a special occasion, you’ll usually want a length that ends before the neckline of your outfit.

If your style is always changing, consider investing in our Illusion necklace that you can adjust to match the outfit you’re wearing. You can style a necklace like this with a casual top or a little black dress.

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How to style a long pearl necklace

Now that you know how to choose a pearl necklace, it’s time to curate an outfit that will let your pearls capture the limelight. Jeans are usually a no-go when wearing a long pearl rope necklace. You want to take a step back and choose simplistic outfits that are minimalistic and classic.

If you count Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly amongst your fashion inspiration, you’ll want to embody their classic look. A little black dress is a perfect match for a pearl necklace. Meanwhile, celebrities like Gigi Hadid have being a classic strand necklace with jeans and a t-shirt as one of the biggest trends of recent seasons.

If your pearls are taking centre stage, add matching accessories like a pearl clip or stud earrings. An understated addition, like our Rock Star bracelet, can give your look a more contemporary feel. You can keep your look timeless and on-trend by mixing classic designs with modern interpretations of traditional pearl jewelry.

Matching your earrings with a pearl necklace

Pearls are effortlessly chic. You want to keep your fashion understated while wearing pearls. While it’s easy to mix and match other styles, you want to choose minimalistic earrings to wear with your pearl necklace. A simple pearl stud will accentuate your necklace without overwhelming your look. You want to choose pearls that have the same lustre and finish as your necklace.

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How do you wear large pearls?

Wearing large pearls can feel daunting. Most costume jewelry focuses on smaller pearls for everyday wear. The secret to wearing large pearls is to choose a sophisticated look with an understated colour scheme. Purple is the perfect choice as it gives you a pop of colour while being a jewel-tone shade that won’t distract from your pearls and balance your look.

Why quality is important for pearl jewelry

At Majorica, we create classic pearl jewelry that is designed to stand the test of time. Instead of using traditional freshwater pearls, we use man-made imitation pearls that are meticulously manufactured for a flawless look. Each statement piece is designed to fit seamlessly into your closet.

Our stylish classic white pearl necklace range is designed to be worn for everyday and formal occasions are signature pieces. Investing in high-quality designs will make it easy to wear pearls as part of your everyday look.

Explore our latest posts here to find out more about our jewelry and how to incorporate it into your closet.