Post # 1
I’ve been thinking to wear pearl necklace, earrings and bracelet with my wedding gown. I never bought any pearl stuff before. So when I started searching and found the price range is soooooo big, I’m super confused and don’t know what to do.
I’m looking for pearl jewelry with very simple design (such as the necklace below). Could someone please share with me where you’ve got your pearl jewelry and how much it cost? Thank you.
Post # 3
Are you set on real pearls? For such a simple design, you might be able to do very well with faux pearls off eBay. But if you want real pearls, you’re probably going to pay a lot, because those are perfect (rather than freshwater with some irregularities).
Post # 4
Very good point. I don’t want to spend so much money for real pearls (they are thousands dollars, right?), but I don’t want to wear something that looks obviously cheap… I want to buy something that I’d like to wear again and again in the future.
I found a “man-made” pearl necklace is around $400USD, and a “fresh-water” pearl necklace can be around $100USD. If I want to go the cheapest way, I could go to a craft store to make one with 10 dollars… So I’m really really confused now and don’t know what to do. 🙁
Post # 5
@Ringer101 the $10 pearl neckline must be too cheap to guaratee the quality, the bad pearl is always not mellow and full enough. $400 may be too expensive for the fresh pearl neckline, It may only cost $50 in my area in China.
Post # 6
I’d go with the $100 freshwater pearls.
Post # 7
@BeeEuphoric: Thank you SO MUCH!!! You save me from lots of pain.
Post # 8
I would be happy to teach you a bit about real pearls.
Today they are very affordable, almost the same as faux. Feel free to email me at [email protected]
Post # 9
I purchased this set off ebay and OMG!!!! The quality of this jewelry! It looks like it costs WAY more than $10! I couldn’t have been happier with my purchase
Post # 10
@Ringer101: Pearls come in a very very wide price range, but real pearls can be very affordable! Check out http://www.pearlparadise.com and http://www.thepearloutlet.com – both are very reputable sellers and carry quality pearl jewelry in all price ranges 🙂 Both sites also have a lot of good information to get educated on the types and quality of pearls. Spend a little time researching and you can end up with a beautiful classic strand that you will wear for years to come. Good luck!
Post # 11
Thank you so much for the info. It’s super helpful!! I’ll look at the websites to see what I want. 😀
Post # 12
@Ringer101: Oooh, oooh, I know about pearls! When I was working in Malaysia I bought them in bulk. A simple set of 9mm seawater pearls like the ones you posted cost me about £10 there, but you can also get great deals online.
See one of my posts here on this thread:
Would/Did you buy real jewelry for your wedding day?
I explained to another bride how to get cheap pearls by making compromises in a very lengthy post there. Hope that helps!
To be honest, good quality, real pearls are almost the same price as shell pearls nowadays, and they look a lot nicer as well. I would never choose fake pearls. As long as you don’t want perfect, perfect, AAA grade pearls, you can always get them cheaply.
EDIT: You’re in Australia, right? I wonder if I could get a friend to send you some pearls from KK (KK is the cheapest place in the world to buy seawater pearls). The only problem is that she doesn’t really know what to look for when she buys them, so it’s quite a risk! Shame I didn’t know about this before I left Malaysia…
Post # 13
Perhaps you could try Swarovski pearls? They are affordable and looks really good…
Post # 14
Hihi Rachel, so nice to see you here!! 😀 Thank you so much for sharing. I’ll definitely read the thread and study more. I actually live in New York City, a place where many things are overpriced…
Post # 15
Thank you for pointing out another direction! I’ll look at it.
Post # 16
It’s a shame you don’t live within the UK! If you did then I could have given you some of mine. I spent a small fortune on them whilst I was last in KK, but I still think it was worth it!
I also still think that ebay might be your friend, because I wouldn’t spend more than about £30 (45 USD) on a short pearl necklace with 9 mm or smaller pearls… and you just won’t get those prices on most websites. The problem is that the grade is so hard to tell from pics.You have to bear in mind that pearls are rated on multiple criteria, and a pearl only has to have one thing lacking to demote it from AAA to AA (which means that the price plummets). For example, an AA grade pearl may be AAA in every aspect save for the shape, which is not perfectly round. Who cares… I htink that’s one of the least important criteria. I’d still buy that jewellery!
If you really don’t have that many options where you are, I think that freshwater pearls are the answer. For example, something like this might be OK, for about 20USD:
You’d have to examine that listing closely, however. I suspect that the pearls will be quite mismatched, as you can see from the third pic. It depends if that would bother you or not. You really need to see a variety of pearls up close and see how much you rate the nacre, shape, size etc, in order to judge which aspects you would be prepared to compromise on!