Measuring Pearl Strand and Bracelet Lengths

A question we get quite often is, “How do I measure the length of my pearl bracelet/strand?”

The easiest answer is by measuring the total length of the strand from end to end, including the full length of the clasp on one side to the jump ring connecting to the “tongue,” or part that is inserted into the clasp when fastened.

Click the image below to zoom in on an example.

Measuring pearl strands and bracelets

The bracelet measures exactly 7.5 inches while the necklace/strand measures exactly 16 inches.

But why is length rarely perfectly exact the way it always is with chains or other jewelry?

A strand will rarely measure the exact indicated length. This is because no two pearls are alike; they are organic gems that are categorized according to a size spectrum. Therefore, a person might measure their strand and notice that the expected 18 inches in length may actually be more like 18.1 inches. This is especially true with strands that consist of larger pearls. The finished necklace may measure 18.05 inches because if one pearl were to be removed, the strand would then only measure 17.9 inches. An experienced and professional stringer will know this and he/she will aim for the absolute closest to 18 inches possible.

Knotting in between each pearl will add length to a strand, therefore what was a 16-inch loose hank (unknotted temporary strand) before stringing will probably turn into an 18-inch finished necklace once we knot in between each pearl and add the length of the clasp.

If you purchased a necklace or bracelet some time back, you might notice that it seems a bit longer now than when you first purchased it. This is because most necklaces are strung on silk thread, which loosens over time, and which may lead to the pearls having slightly more space between one another than when the necklace was freshly strung. In a similar fashion, restringing a necklace with thinner thread or thicker thread might make the length of the necklace slightly shorter or longer, respectively.

A tip for bracelets: If you usually wear 7.5-inch bracelets (the standard length), and wish to purchase a bracelet composed of large or very large pearls, you will most likely need the bracelet to be slightly longer than usual in order to compensate for the space that the diameter of the pearls take up.

Hisano Introduces Pearl Geodes and Finestrino by little h

Hisano has been working on her new lines of pearl geodes and finestrino for nearly a year now and gave the first public reveal at this year’s Pearl-Guide Ruckus, which we were once again honored to host in Palos Verdes Estates, California.

In the short video below, Hisano talks about the inspiration behind her pieces and the process of creating her wearable works of art.

Connoisseur Sale 2014

Our annual Pearl Connoisseur Sale is now live! We will be adding pieces to this sale as we create them every few days throughout the month.

Our apologies in advance! We know some items will go very quickly and some will double sell. This happens every time we do a promotion and we sincerely apologize. Many of our items are one of a kind. When two customers have a product in their cart at the same time and checkout at the same time, a double-sale happens. If this happens to you, we promise to do everything we can to make it right.

We hope you enjoy this curated collection.

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The Annual Pearl Connoisseur Sale begins tomorrow!

A single magical Tahitian pearlIt’s time once again for our second annual Pearl Connoisseur Sale! Around 9 a.m. tomorrow morning, we’ll post a link on this blog to a hidden page on PearlParadise.com. We won’t be sending out an immediate email to make sure that our friends who read this are the first to see what we’ve created! Here is a link to last year’s blog about the sale.

Expect to see fancy loose Tahitian pearls that we selected as being the most special from the 5,600 loose pearl lot of peacock drops, as well as a few harvest strands and more.

Also this year we are introducing for the first time, Hisano Shepherd’s little h line of Pearl Geodes and Finestrino! Hisano has been hard at work slicing some of our finest souffle and Tahitian pearls, polishing and boring out the centers and setting white diamonds, black diamonds, sapphires, rubies and even seed pearls into them. We will publish a short video of her Pearl-Guide Ruckus Presentation about this new line later this afternoon!

Pearl Geodes

A few pieces from the little h Pearl Geode line

Finestrino (Italian for little window) with seed pearls

Finestrino with seed pearls

Effecting Change, with Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls

Continuing with the video series from the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus in Palos Verdes, here is Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls giving a presentation about his life on a Tahitian pearl farm and about effecting change with sustainable pearl farming.