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  • Opinions on size for freshadama pearls- 7.5-8.0 mm vs 8.5-9.5 mm?

    Just ordered a PP Freshadama necklace and earrings in rose overtone in 7.5-8.0 mm for the V-day sale. Now I am thinking I should have gone a little larger, at 8.5-9.0 mm. I am fairly petite- 5'4" and 108 lbs, age mid-twenties. Any opinions on best size? Thanks so much!

  • #2
    Hi vintagelover and welcome to Pearl-Guide.

    There is a significant price jump once you go over 8.0mm, but if you can afford the larger size, I would go for it. The larger strand will be about 44% larger.

    (Have a look at this thread for why just a small increase in diameter makes such a large difference isn size:
    https://www.pearl-guide.com/forum/sh...er-really-make)

    The fact is, most of us seem to want larger pearls as we get older.

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    • #3
      Hi Vintagelover! How exciting to await your new necklace Either size should look lovely on you. When you wear jewelry, what styles do you prefer? Do you favor a bold, larger impact in color and/or size, or do you favor a petite, subtle accent in jewelry? Clothing can be part of this thought too ... do you need something bolder to stand up to prints and bright, dramatic colors, or do you mostly wear more subtle styles? Many ladies find as they grow older, they favor a bit bolder look, but you have a long way to go to get there yet The size you've ordered is very classic; you really can't go wrong with either of these sizes. Since you are already thinking you "should have gone a little larger", that's to me a clue Why not contact Pearl Paradise by phone or the online Chat feature, and ask to see a photo of both sizes together for comparison? You can also use the Search button on the top right corner of this page and do a search for pearl size comparisons; there are some excellent threads on the forum showing size comparisons in great detail. Happy Pearl Shopping!

      P.S. Pearl Dreams response crossed with mine; she has great advice, PLUS a link to one of the very helpful threads on pearl sizes!
      Cathy

      CathyKeshi

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      • #4
        With the sale on for such a short time, waiting for a comparative photo could result in missing the chance to get the strand at a sale price.
        Just a thought....

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        • #5
          Thanks everyone! Still learning how to use this board. =)

          CathyKeshi, I normally go for classic understated jewelry, and neutral clothing colors like black, beige, ivory. I absolutely love pearls but I can't help but feel wearing larger pearls in the 8-9mm range feel like its wearing me, not the other way around! However I've seen so many beautiful larger pearls on the boards here that look stunning on others, it makes me think its just in my own head that its too big. Ive also heard of the "pearl shrinkage" theory, hehe. Thanks for the great tips!

          Pearl Dreams, I definitely am looking in a pair that will carry me through life! Although I will certainly be adding more pearls to my collection in the future. Thanks for the link about pearl sizing!

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          • #6
            I was actually debating ordering the larger strand and then sending back the one I wasn't totally in love with. I am frantically biting my nails this very moment!

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            • #7
              My first strand, a Freshadama, was 7.0-8.0mm (as they were being sold then). I hardly ever wore it. Tried to give it to my daughter but she hardly ever wore it-- she thinks it's too small. And she's just 21.

              I don't think 8.5-9.0mm is too big, but you will be the one wearing them.

              Pure Pearls has photos of pearl strands (and studs) of different sizes on a model; this may give you an idea of how they might look on you:
              http://www.purepearls.com/pearl-sizes.html

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              • #8
                You could indeed order both and return the one you like less.

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                • #9
                  Pearl Dreams, do you have any overtone preference? I ordered a rose overtone, but now thinking I should order the silver rose in the larger size as well for comparison. Decisions, decisions...

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                  • #10
                    I think it depends on your skin tone. I bought silver rose but It blends into my skin tone too much, doesn't pop. My daughter's skin is quite a bit more fair and the color looks good on her.

                    Here is the photo (on me):
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                    I prefer a cooler white nowadays (like my SSP).

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                    • #11
                      Oh wow, that's a beautiful necklace! I like the size and color. My skin tone is quite fair as well. Is that the 8.5.-9.0 mm?

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                      • #12
                        These pictures were taken two years ago. I talked my then 26-year old DIL-to-be into the larger 8.5-9.5mm freshadama necklace after she was thinking of getting the smaller 7.5-8.5mm. These were my wedding gift to her. I don't think these look too big at all. Being freshadama, she will be able to wear them for years to come. (BTW, the entire set of freshies was beautifully matched by Hisano to a sample of her wedding dress. I added a set of studs, because she is an elementary school teacher and I knew the studs would work better than the dangles around her students.)

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                        • #13
                          No, it's 7-8mm (not 7.5-8mm). In 2007 when I bought them they were being sold in a 1mm range.

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                          • #14
                            Here's an earlier photo of the same strand before I changed the clasp and restrung it about 1" shorter.

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                            • #15
                              Another option is to keep the strand you have now and add another strand of the same size so it is a rope. I find myself reaching for ropes more than 18" lengths and have slowly restringing my necklaces to ropes. It really is all about what you like and what you'd wear. Whichever you choose, I am sure you will love it!

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