©The only real failure in life is one not learned from.©

Anthony J. D'Angelo, the varsity Blue Book

Ah, graduation. plenty of diligence , time, talent, money and drive have led to this point: a milestone which can be celebrated, photographed and remembered forever. Whether from highschool , college, school of law , school of drugs , or what have you ever ever , graduation could also be an exquisite time of delight and alter . 

How to mark the occasion? you will always write a check. (What new graduate doesn©t need money?) Before you whip out your wallet, however, remember that cash is practical, yet very impersonal. Because you©re reading this, it©s an honest guess that the graduate could also be a special woman in your life, she worked hard to urge where she is, and she or he or he deserves a graduation gift that's truly memorable. 

How about something memorable, practical, meaningful and beautiful? Try pearls. 

Pearl jewelry©whether pearl studs, a pearl pendant or a stunning pearl strand©is a classic and wonderful addition to any woman©s jewelry box. Whether she©s avoiding to high school , interviewing for jobs, on the brink of start a career, or planning a wedding , the recent graduate can wear pearl jewelry for fast polish. Added bonus: She©ll remember you whenever she wears them.

Which pearls to choose 

Pearls are available many beautiful styles, shapes and designs , apart from graduation, a simple classic style which can stand the test of some time is best. (They don©t call them staples for nothing.) Because classic pearls are so popular, there are a selection of options from which to choose . the next are classics she©ll reach for again and again. 

© Pearl stud earrings: the great thing about pearl studs is that they're going with everything. Round, white pearls with a ros© overtone flatter most skin types, and make an exquisite addition to any jewelry box. Some stores even carry pearl studs for non-pierced ears. 

© 16 inch pearl strand: A matched pearl strand could also be a jewellery staple for a reason: it©s a classic©not to mention a no brainer accessory that a woman can reach for to instantly add polish to an outfit. Shorter strands worn closer to the throat draw attention to the wearer©s face and skin; with their dewy complexions, young women look fantastic in pearl chokers. This style sits on the brink of the throat and appears great with a suit , v-neck sweater, tee-shirt or open-collared dress shirt . 

© 18 inch pearl strand: This slightly more versatile, ©princess© length necklace are often worn with most any neckline, and may serve the graduate well throughout her life. The princess length could also be a really fashionable choice for a superb reason: it works well with everything from turtlenecks to sweaters, business suits, dress shirts, and more. 

© pearl pendant: A pearl pendant necklace featuring one , large pearl could also be an excellent option which can be worn with many different styles. Choose a thin alloy or alloy chain for a up to date look. 

© pearl bracelet: a perfect complement to a bold watch, and slightly cheaper than a pearl necklace, a pearl bracelet adds polish and class . 

© pearl ring: A pearl ring can make quite bold and sophisticated statement, especially when the ring features one , large pearl. the only downside to buying a hoop is that you simply simply need to know the graduate©s ring size. Classic pearl rings look fantastic with both white and yellow gold. 

Many retailers and online stores sell classic pearl jewelry in sets. Not only is that this great because you pay less for the set than if you purchased a necklace, earrings and bracelet separately, but buying a pearl jewelry set provides the added bonus that the pieces will match. 

What to look for

No matter which style you decide on , or whether you buy pearls from a neighborhood jewelry store , large chain or Internet store (which should offer adequate descriptions of what you©re buying in conjunction with a money-back guarantee), confine mind the subsequent pointers when you©re buying pearls and you won©t go wrong: 

© You©ll pay more for larger pearls. generally , a much bigger pearl takes longer to form , and thus the probabilities of finding a wonderfully round, large pearl are slim. After the 7.5-8mm mark for freshwater cultured pearls and akoya cultured pearls, the foremost popular pearl types, prices rise dramatically. A 6.5mm strand is both lovely and affordable©and perfect for young women.

© concentrate to luster and surface. Pearls should have a high luster, or surface sheen, meaning they reflect light well. they need to even be free from large blemishes like chips and pits, although small blemishes are acceptable. An absolutely perfect strand is perhaps going faux. Pearls are, after all, a natural product, and tiny variations are to be expected and do not detract from the pearls© value. 

© Round is that the hands-down favorite shape. While baroque pearls are gorgeous, and button and coin pearls are modern and affordable, when it involves classic pearls, round remains in. to ascertain that pearls are uniformly round, ask the jeweler or read the online description. If you'll handle the strand, roll it on a table. Matched pearls will roll smoothly.

© Thickness is significant . Most pearls sold today are cultured pearls, and thus the simplest ones are formed in oysters or mussels that are implanted with small, mother-of-pearl beads and mantle tissue or mantle tissue only and left within the water long enough for a sufficient coating of nacre to form . Avoid pearls that are implanted with large plastic or glass beads or harvested prematurely; they go to flake and peel easily. 

© concentrate to uniformity. confirm that pearls during a bit of jewelry are the same size, color, shape and luster.

© Beware: Some jewelry makers plan to hide smaller or imperfect pearls near the clasp.

© Choose color carefully. Pearls look best if they flatter the skin tone of the wearer.

Follow these pearl-buying tips, choose wisely, and your graduate will have a jewelry staple she©ll treasure forever. 

A graduate of the Gemological Institute of America©s Graduate Pearls program, Amy Drescher could also be a fashion writer and accessories buyer for www.moonriverpearls.com. She welcomes your questions. Reach her at adrescher@moonriverpearls.com.