Affordable Pearl Jewelry

"Look Classy-chic with Pearl Necklaces, Earrings & Bracelets"


Affordable pearl jewelry is a wardrobe must for a Parisian finesse. It's a classy piece of jewelry and it looks good with almost anything - just throw a pearl necklace with a flowy boho dress, or a pair of pearl stud earrings with jeans and tee. It'll polish your outfit, for sure!

White Graduated Sea Sheel Pearl Necklace
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Pearls are just one of those classic fashion pieces that go with just about all clothing styles and occasions. That's why I consider it to be a jewelry essential.

Cheap Pearl Jewelry Options

You don't have to buy the most high-priced pearl jewelry there is. In fact, you'll do just fine with cheaper pearl jewelry that is made of imitation but quality materials such as glass (Swarovski) or oyster shell.

Another affordable pearl jewelry type is freshwater pearls which are almost on the same price range (if not cheaper) as Swarovski glass. The reason they're cheaper is because they're born and bred by mussels which can produce 30-40 pearls, compared to oysters which can only make 1 or 2 pearls. Since they're natural, they're the closest thing to real, luxury pearl! But the biggest differences (which can be the downside to it) are the lack of luster than the salt water pearl - and they're not as perfectly round.

How to Buy Affordable Pearl Jewelry

Cost-effective & convenient: Pearl Jewelry Set

Affordable pearl necklace set from Overstock Jeweler
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If you like looking posh and classy I suggest that you invest in a quality pearl jewelry set - consisting of a necklace, stud earrings and often a bracelet. In that way, they'll match with each other (especially if you prefer wearing pearl jewelry that has the same luster, finish, look, size, etc.).

They can also multiply your outfit by changing the look of your outfit as well as keep you covered on various occasions (earrings for daily everyday wear, necklace for dates and bracelet for special occasions).

Secure the classic white pearl before expanding your collection with other colors such as black, gold and silver.

Select the right pearl color

Best pearl jewelry color
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For the necklace and earrings, if you have a warm complexion opt for cream or ivory pearls (as well as gold earring metal setting) or if you have a cool coloring go for a crisper white, blue-gray or silvery pearls with silver metal setting.

Rose colored pearls work for all skin tones but are less versatile than the classic white. Rose pearls also give off a sweet look, compared to white which has a more polished, well-dressed appearance.

Solidify your jewelry drawer simple styles

A medium long pearl necklace (not a choker or not too long like a pendant), simple stud earrings (not extending past your ear flip) and a single strand bracelet are versatile and add the right amount of classy to any outfit.

The size of the pearls should be scaled to either your body size, wrist/hand size, bust size or facial features - it depends on what works best for you and what you personally want to draw attention to/away from.

For example:

  • Got small features? (small eyes, small nose, small, lips, etc.) and want to avoid making them look smaller? Then opt for smaller pearl studs
  • Want to distract the eye away from a small/large bust? Scale the pearl necklace to their size. Small with small. Average with medium. Large with small (by the way, if you have a large bust you'll benefit from statement pearl necklaces)
  • Want to make your size obvious? If you have a small wrsit, delicate wrist go for bigger pearls

Oversized, statement jewelry is super-chic and more acceptable for any fashionista to wear. But if you're Petite then make sure to keep the rest of your outfit simple.

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Take pearls to the edge

Best pearl jewelry color
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Add some textural interest to your outfit by mixing pearls with for example leather, studs, bone or stone beads or some chain!

Or simply creating a chic juxtaposition by wearing it with a clothing style opposite from it such as a relaxed bohemian dress or a casual-sporty sweatshirt.

Another tip is to stretch your style envelope. So after securing basic pearl jewelry, expand your collection with trendier styles.

I love pearls. And to really develop my Classic clothing personality I always make sure to be on the look out for pearls in various trendy styles. Examples are pearl hoop earrings, bracelet cuff with flat pearls, biwa (long, pendant-shaped) pendant necklace (which I made myself by wrapping it in gold wire), etc.



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