Most of time, a pieces of pearl jewelry is made up of more than one pearl in various combinations and designs. The better pearls blend together in terms of color, shape luster, size and surface quality, the more valuable the piece is. Some effort must be taken to insure that the pearls all match in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. However, finding well-matched, high quality pearls can be a challenge. Because pearls are natural organic substances, no two of them are identical.
Then "Pearl Matching" here basically means an art that "fit the pearls together" in a pleasing manner and that variations among them are either minimal, gradual or for a specific purpose.
Nor does it even mean that all of the pearls in the piece are generally uniform in size, shape, and color. For example, a long strand of pearls may have a large pearl in the centre, with pearls which grow gradually smaller strung along either side. Or a strand may consist of pearls in alternating or gradually changing colors. In any of these examples, the pearls are considered well-matched if the resulting piece is uniform and consistent, rather than haphazard-looking.
Also, pearl matching can be a distinctive combination of respective pearls with contrasting colors, size and luster.
Really, pearl matching requires a good eye, good judgment and a great deal of time to collect pearls and effort to match pearls effectively. Indeed, a strand made completely from natural pearls (rather than from cultured pearls) can require years to collect a well-matched set of pearls! Clearly good matching greatly adds to the quality and value of any piece of multi-pearl jewelry.
More generally, for a pearl jewelry, pearl matching is still able to refer that pearls match with make of precious metal pieces and other decorations except pearls match with each other. A pearl jewelry is never absent with metal piece, or even enhanced by decorated objects like diamonds, jades, crystal rocks and plastic beads etc. Lastly, pearl jewelry should be well matched with your daily dress.
Pearl matching tips
1. Referring to color, more attention is that natural pinkish strands should not be graded as strictly as a strand with natural cream color since cream colors are in wide range. Moreover, the color and overtone of one pearl will affect that of another when the two pearls are very close to each other.
2. What you should keep in mind is that dyed and dyed pearl strands are graded much more easily than those of natural color. Because dyed pearls are quite 'uniform' in colors.
3. Considering overall look of luster, the thickness of pearls should be as close to each other as much possible. Now and then, the shape of pearl are always discounted much.
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