How to wear pearl beads around neck?
How to choose and evaluate pearl beads?
You can wear beads with any clothes. Now it is very fashionable to wear pearl beads even for young men. Marc Jacobs constantly wears beads with sportswear.
If you have a long string of pearl beads, then you can wrap it around your neck several times or use it as a bracelet.
In recent years, pearl jewelry has been considered one of the most fashionable. Currently, pearls of various colors, shapes, and sizes can purchase on the market. More than 80% of all cultured pearls produced globally use for beads.
Beads call classic if all the pearls are the same size. If the smaller pearls in the necklace locate closer to the clasp, and the largest is in the center, such beads are called pitch.
Pearl beads, depending on the length of the thread, have their names:
"choke" ("choker") - 40 cm long,
"princess" - 44 cm long,
"megini" is 56 cm long,
"opera" is 74 cm long,
"bib" is a necklace with more than three threads,
"rope" ("lasso") is 114 cm or longer.
Beads that combine pearls, corals, or other materials are called "fantasy ."Combined beads made of pearls, ornamental stones, coral, gold, and silver are fashionable. The most popular are pearl beads, where the threads intertwine into fancy bundles and garlands.
When buying beads, it is necessary to check how well the individual pearls that make up the thread are similar since some companies practice stringing together perfect and imperfect pearls.
Standards for the evaluation of cultured pearls have developed in international trade. Below are several approaches to its assessment.
1. Size. The basic rule is this: the larger the pearl, the greater its weight and, accordingly, the higher the price. However, this rule does not apply to tiny pearls. The usual increase in value by about 10-15% starts only with pearls ranging from 4 - 4.5 mm to 6.5-7 mm.
2. Form. The rounder the pearls, the better. Irregular-shaped pearls are called "baroque." In addition, the following names for pearl shapes are currently accepted on the international market: "seed", "three quarters", "half", "rice grain", "oval", "drop", "long drop", "long stick", flat, double, triangular, round, semicircular, egg-shaped, "semi-baroque", "baroque", "twin".
According to the price scale, round pearls allocate 100%. 30% remove if the pearls are almost round, 50% - if semi-welded, from 80 to 90% - if baroque. These figures are essential only when calculating the price since the form is not essential in practice.
3. Color. It is one of the decisive factors in calculating the price. The most preferred and expensive pearls are white-pink and silver-pink—the more creamy the shade, closer to yellow, the cheaper the pearls. Only a lovely golden tone with a good, rare gloss is an exception. Therefore, an exact color border is necessary when calculating prices.
4. Surface quality. The flaws of cultured pearls reduce the cost. Defects are assessed only with the naked eye. Rotate the beads, examining them from all sides, searching for cracks, spots, chips, and the so-called "orange peel effect."
The degree of surface cleanliness is complicated to differentiate.
5. The thickness of the mother-of-pearl layer. Its ideal thickness is half a millimeter on all sides. The standard method is to look into the hole in the bead to see the thickness of the mother-of-pearl layer.
6. Shine. Pearls should have a luster that makes them shine like a mirror ball—the gloss check under a lamp. The light looks like a thin, curved line on a pearl with a mirror shine. On pearls with a soft luster, the light looks vague.