Post # 1
I decided that I want to give my Bridesmaid or Best Man pearl necklaces. I love what they look like. A very classic look.
I found a great price because I bought 10 pearl necklaces. (i have 8 BM)
I got them and they aren’t perfect. I knew they weren’t going to be perfect because I can’t afford jewelry store pearl necklaces…they can be about $200 for one necklace.
From far away, they look great. You wouldn’t notice the blemishes on some of the pearls unless you were inspecting them. From a foot away, no one would notice. But if you are about 3 inches from the necklaces you would.
Now, I’m a little concerned that my Bridesmaid or Best Man aren’t going to be happy about getting them.
I’m considering returning them and getting fake ones because fake one will be perfectly round, no blemishes and such.
Post # 3
That being said, I wouldn’t want a pearl necklace as a Bridesmaid or Best Man gift. Jewelry is so personal. Just saying. Sorry.
Post # 4
i love pearls so this would make me happy!
i would stick with the real pearls, since some of your girls may not love pearls as much as me, and spending extra money on fake ones would be a waste.
no one is going to get that close to your maids anyways!! 🙂
Post # 5
good question – i would very rarely wear a full pearl necklace (maybe a drop necklace with a single pearl), so it would really not matter to me. maybe you could drop hints to your girls and see who would want one, and then get the real ones, and get the others something they make like better, around the same price range?
Post # 6
Oops, I forgot to tell you what I would want….the real ones.
Post # 7
I love imperfections! They make things unique… I wouldn’t worry about it. Pearls are always classy.
Post # 8
Love pearls. I would much rather have imperfect real pearls than fake perfect ones any day.
Post # 9
I love pearls, I wear mine quite often… they’re so classic. Real is always the way to go!!
Post # 10
Well, another thing about real pearls is that they have to be maintained or they turn into a dirty color. It’s just a hassle in my opinion. Again, jewelry is so personal, it’s a difficult gift to satisfy everyone.
Post # 12
They should be gratefull for getting a gift in the first place, regardless of whether it was real or fake.
Post # 13
I love the imperfections of real pearls, they are more special to me.
Post # 14
I like melissa’s idea of a single drop pearl pendant. I think shelling out 200 a piece on a gift you’re not 100 percent satisfied with, and one that is a very specific style (it’s hard to dress DOWN pearls!) is something you may want to reconsider? BUT you didn’t ask for my opinion on that, so I say go with the real pearls if it’s between real and fake 🙂
Post # 15
I think pearls is a fabulous idea! But definitely go for the real ones. I don’t wear fake jewlery cause it harms my skin (very sensitive) so I would much rather have a blemished real pearl necklace than a fake one I couldn’t wear.
Post # 16
if your BMs are women who LOVE jewelery and dressing up, I’d say stick with the real deal. Pearls are a classic look which can go with a wide range of clothing options. However, if your BMs almost never wear jewelery or dress up or give a fart about fashion, I’d consider returning the real pearls and going fake. They’ll be easier to keep clean (as someone else has mentioned) and if they throw it in a drawer never to be worn again, its not like it was anything hyper expensive to begin with.
I too am giving my BMs pearl necklaces (and matching earrings). i think its an elegant look for BMs. Something classic and really right now (since Pearls are in). I’m going fake since I can’t afford real, but even if I could, i’d probably go fake because none of my BMs are jewelery people (well, my Maid/Matron of Honor is, but she’s not a pearl woman).