Graduation is a time to celebrate accomplishment, as well as a time to look forward to future successes and new endeavors.
For the Young Graduate
For a necklace, a youth length or shortened necklace ought to be carefully considered – oftentimes it might be better to buy a standard adult 16-inch string even for an extremely young girl. Firstly, a pearl necklace includes a bigger investment than earrings or a bracelet, and as such, the piece ought to be worn for more than merely a couple of years. Secondly, youth necklace lengths aren’t much different from a traditional 16-inch string. A 16-inch string may be beautifully worn by even an extremely young girl.
Girls/ Youth necklace lengths
- Under four year’s old, 12-inch
- 5 – 12 year’s old, 14-inch
- 13+ year’s old, 16-inch
High School Graduate
If the high school graduate doesn’t yet own a classic white pearl jewelry piece – a strand necklace, a bracelet, and earrings – Pearl Source recommends any of these pieces (or a complete matching set!). For the High School graduate, it’s a gift she’ll wear for years to come, whether to job interviews, college formals, special events likes wedding showers and weddings, or just to add sophistication and polish to a blouse and jeans.
Since the college graduate, of course, is about to venture in to adulthood, you may consider somewhat larger pearls, particularly if a graduate favors statement jewelry. Freshwater and Akoya pearls in the 7.5mm to 9mm size range are somewhat bolder and gorgeous. Pearls as big as 10 to 12 mm certainly are stunning and still can be worn by a young woman without having to get into Barbara Bush territory. For pearls sizes that are above 9mm, you’ll generally be considering South Sea pearls that are grown inside the Pinctada Maxima oyster.
Graduate School Graduate
Should the graduate already own white freshwater or Akoya pearls, you may consider more exotic varieties of pearls. Golden and black pearls long have been considered to signify prosperity and achievement. Tahitian pearls, cultivated within a black lipped Pinctada Margaritifera oyster (in pristine, warm French Polynesian waters) typically are 9mm and bigger, and oftentimes are available in beautiful organic shapes, like baroque and semi-round.
However, to refer to Tahitian pearls as ‘black’, is to seriously short change these incredible gems. Many Tahitian pearls possess a body color which is dark grey or charcoal, yet also possess breathtaking overtones in shades which range from vibrant blues and greens (called Peacock), to deep purples and glowing pinks (aubergine). Golden South Sea Pearls equally are valued for their massive size, rich golden color, and satiny luster. As Golden South Sea pearls are extremely valuable and rare, a pendant necklace or earrings are great methods of acquiring and showcasing these amazing gems.