Is Free Shipping Included?
Yes, FREE shipping is available on all items shipped within the United States.
What is the best necklace length?
Our most popular necklace length is the 18-inch, Princess-length necklace- the pearls will rest about 1 to 1.5-inches below the hollow of her throat on an average-sized woman (5’2”-5’7” 115-160lbs). A more formal look would be the 16-inch Choker-length necklace which will gently surround the base of her throat, with the pearls resting just below the collarbone.
I don’t see the necklace length I want- can I get a 17-inch necklace?
Yes! We can create a necklace of any length-17-inches, 19-inches, 21-inches, even 100-inches if you want, so feel free to contact us anytime for a custom quote!
Can I get a discount for a shorter necklace, like a 15-inch?
No, we don’t discount for shorter lengths, however we do include the left over pearls for you to keep in case you want a longer necklace later on, or we can turn the additional pearls into a pair of matching dangle earrings!
What is the difference between AA+ Quality and AAA?
Our AAA Quality Tahitian pearls have less than 10% blemishing on each pearl as well as the necklace or bracelet overall, and the luster will be bright, but slightly softer and more satiny than an Akoya pearl. You will be able to see most of your face reflected in the pearl’s surface, and reflected light sources will show some “fuzzing” on the edges. AA+ Quality pearls are off-round to slightly oval or drop-shaped, and feature less than 15% blemishing on the pearls. The luster will be visibly softer, with visible blurring of reflected light sources. You will still be able to see your face in the pearl’s surfaces, but not all details.
Where do your Tahitian pearls come from?
Our Tahitian pearls are cultured in the saltwater lagoons and atolls of the French Polynesian islands from many different farms. Tahitian pearls are not actually cultured on the island of Tahiti, which only controls the export of Tahitian pearls, and sets the standards for quality and nacre thickness before the pearls are allowed to leave the islands. We purchase our pearls either directly from the farmers themselves, or in bulk at auction so that we are able to match and drill our own strands, and separate out the highest quality pearls for earrings, pendants and rings and still maintain a lower price for our customers.
How thick is the nacre on a Tahitian pearl?
The minimum nacre depth for ALL Tahitian pearls from French Polynesia is 0.8mm. This depth figure is guaranteed, and enforced very strictly by the Ministere de la Perliculture of Tahiti. Pearls that do not meet this requirement are not allowed out of the country and indeed are destroyed.
Help! I don't know if I should I choose white gold or yellow gold?
That depends entirely on your personal taste and style! However, a good rule of thumb to follow is to try and match wedding/bridal jewelry or other jewelry that she wears most often. Yellow gold will “warm up” a pearl and deepen and intensify its luster. White gold will “cool down” a pearl’s appearance. Generally, most Tahitian pearls are paired with white gold, however we do have certain pearls with warmer overtones that look fantastic with yellow gold, which we do note as a recommendation on certain necklace descriptions.
Are these Tahitian pearls cultured or natural?
All of our pearls are cultured pearls, meaning that the oysters have had human assistance in getting nacre production started. A wild or natural pearl, forms without any human intervention. Usually it is a parasite or bit of organic material that gets lodged within the oyster’s soft body and irritates the animal into secreting nacre in order to smooth over the invader.
Are these colors natural?
Yes! Cultured Tahitian pearls feature completely natural colors. They range from light dove grey to jet black in body color, with a rainbow of overtones that include Peacock, Aquamarine, Pistachio, Blue-Green, Aubergine, Cherry and more! The only exception to this are our Chocolate Tahitian pearls which are color-treated; this treatment is disclosed within the product description.
How do you describe a Tahitian pearl’s color?
Great question! We begin by defining the pearl’s body color, or main solid color of the pearl. Tahitian pearls range from pale greys to black, but the majority of the pearls will have medium to charcoal grey hues. The overtone is the secondary, usually iridescent, color that appears to shimmer over the pearls’ surfaces. You can determine a pearl’s overtone by observing the pearls against a white background and viewing the color on pearl’s outer edge. Common or popular overtones include Peacock which is a beautiful combination of Green, Gold and Rose, Silver which is a pale silvery sheen over the grey body color and Blue-Green which is absolutely gorgeous. Other popular overtones include Aubergine (Eggplant purple), Cherry, Midnight Blue, Pistachio Green, Copper and more!
The necklace in the picture is the one customer will receive.
For Tahitian, Sea of Cortez and South Sea pearl necklaces, the answer is yes. Each necklace is 100% a unique individual, and the pearls in the picture are the ones you will receive. Once that pearl necklace has been sold, it is gone for good. We do not offer duplicates or "close enough" pearl necklaces in these pearl types; multiple quantities should not be ordered for any of these. For our Akoya and Freshwater pearl selections, we feature a "stock photo" of a pearl necklace in the correct size that comes from our vault and has been strung here in house, but has since been sold. However, it should be noted that ALL of the pearls featured on our site are real, genuine pearls that are or were made by us and came from our vaults.
Are your pearl necklaces double knotted, and what material do you use?
Hi There! Yes, all of our pearl necklaces and bracelets are individually double-knotted by hand on matching silk, to order. We do not string any of our pearls until your order is placed, in case you have any special requests for us - that way, your pearls are as personalized as possible. We also employ the "french wire wrapping" technique for the final connection of the strand to the clasp, meaning that the final loop is carefully wire-wrapped with 14K gold wire to protect the silk, and then attached to the clasp.
What does princess mean
The term "princess" is used to denote a specific pearl necklace length, ranging from 17 to 19-inches total. It is the most popular and versatile necklace length in the world, and is considered to be the modern classic. Generally the princess length pearl necklace will come to rest about 1 to 1.5-inches below the hollow of the throat. Please note that total necklace length includes knotting and clasp.
The most popular necklace lengths are: 16-inch Choker, 18-inch Princess, 22-inch Matinee, 36-inch Opera, 54-inch Rope, 100-inch Endless Rope. Total necklace length measurements can vary by pearl type. For instance on our website, Freshwater pearl princess length necklaces measure 17.5-inches, and Akoya pearl princess length necklaces measure 18-inches in total length - this is due to varying international farming and sorting standards. Additionally, please allow up to 0.5-inch variations in total finished necklace lengths; this is completely natural and due to the actual size variations of the pearls in each strand. We do our absolute best to make sure every necklace measures as closely as possible to the maximum total length, but again, natural variations in actual pearl size may cause some necklaces to be slightly over or under stated approximate lengths.
To measure your pearl necklace on your own, stretch out the pearls end to end on a flat surface. Begin measuring at the clasp, and end at the very last pearl. Be sure not to include the clasps' hook or tab closure mechanism, as this locks inside the body of the clasp, and does not contribute any additional length. To learn more about pearl necklace length, visit: http://www.purepearls.com/pearl-education/choosing-the-right-necklace-length.html