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.

Pearl Friends Interviews: Hisano and Barbara discuss little h

I’ve been so fortunate to spend the past half decade with a truly talented artist and pearl designer who never ceases to amaze me with her creative works both with pearls and without.

Hisano was recently honored by the Cultured Pearl Association of America winning The CPAA International Pearl Design Competition’s Orient Award for compelling design esthetic and inspiring a new affinity for pearls for her Pearl Geode designs.

Hisano’s little h line will be debuting at the Design Center in Las Vegas during the annual JCK Jewelry Show. I’m so proud of her.

Our good friend, client and long-time Pearl-Guide member spent a couple of days with us this past week and decided to interview Hisano in a live webinar. In case you missed it, the recorded version is below!

A Pearly Rose Gold Renaissance

You may have noticed a trend building if you are a fan of fine jewelry …

… ROSE GOLD!!!

Pearl Paradise Rose Gold Jewelry

A collection of a few of our favorite ROSE gold pieces

It’s gorgeous!!!

Now what exactly is it and why is it pink???

Gold is an AMAZING metal. It has been considered valuable and precious since long before the beginning of recorded history, and for good reason!

Gold’s Amazing Properties

Gold can be hammered so thin, that one ounce of it (about the size of a quarter) can be turned into a sheet measuring roughly 300 square feet! One ounce of gold can also be stretched into a wire so thin (only five microns thick), that it would reach a distance of 50 miles!

Gold is one of the least chemically reactive elements, which is why it doesn’t easily rust or tarnish. Gold is also one of the best conductors of electricity and heat, making it extremely important in advanced computers. Gold strongly reflects infrared radiation, and because gold leaf can be beaten thin enough to become transparent, it is used in astronauts’ helmets. Modern space exploration would not be possible without gold!

Gold’s Amazing Color

Most pure metals are gray or silvery white, while gold is a deep, rich yellow. Adding small amounts of other metals can dramatically change its color. Mix gold with some palladium and nickel and you’ve got white gold. Mix gold with silver and you’ve got green gold. Mix it with aluminum and you get purple gold (though it is too brittle for jewelry). And my favorite, mix it with copper and silver and you get ROSE GOLD!

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Rose gold, also known as pink gold and red gold, has been part of gold’s history from the start.  During ancient times, due to impurities in the smelting process, gold frequently turned a reddish color. In fact, many texts from the Middle Ages, describe the color of gold as red.

Rose gold jewelry gained popularity in Russia at the beginning of the nineteenth century, due to its distinctly different look from yellow or white gold. Rose gold jewelry first became popular in the United States in 1924, after Louis Cartier introduced his “Trinity” ring, which consisted of three interlocking bands of white, yellow and, you guessed it, rose gold!

Rose gold has continued to gain popularity for numerous reasons. The hue of rose gold looks great with pretty much every skin tone. It also finds favor with those who generally would only wear white gold, or only wear yellow gold, because it looks beautiful when worn alongside either gold color. Rose gold also has the added benefit of not containing nickel, which can cause an allergic reaction with some people.

We here at Pearl Paradise are proud to be able to offer a great many of our designs in rose gold! This is because the vast majority of our jewelry is made in-house. In fact, Pearl Paradise arguably has the largest selection of rose gold pearl jewelry on the internet! To showcase our collection, we’ve added a Rose Gold Jewelry page to our website, where every design on the page is available in rose gold!

Enjoy!

 http://www.pearlparadise.com/c-344-rose-gold-jewelry.aspx

Rose gold settings with Tahitian pearls, South Sea pearls and metallic freshwaters

 

Pearl Friends Interviews: Michael Rivers

Michael Rivers is one the longest-standing members of the Pearl-Guide forum community and someone I consider a close friend. He even officiated our wedding.

Michael has a very interesting business. He does deal in pearls, but his primary business is dealing in shell nuclei. At the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus, he sat down with Cynde and Wendy for an interview.

Pearl Friends Interviews: Sarah Canizzaro

Continuing our Pearl Friend Interview series, Cynde and Wendy interview Sarah Canizzaro, owner of Kojima Pearl at the 2014 Pearl-Guide Ruckus.

Sarah shares a true passion for pearls!