Graduated Pearl Necklace
All graduated pearl necklaces can vary in size but a very common size starts with a central larger size pearl and graduates to a smaller size so the necklace flows evenly from small to large and back to small again.
Truthfully, creating this type of necklace is labour intensive. It is much easier to match a uniform strand pearls rather than match a pearls progressively smaller along a necklace.
In 1938 there were 360 active cultured pearl farms in Japan producing almost 11 million akoya cultured pearls. However, there were still limited quantities of Japanese akoya cultured pearls so creating uniform strands of pearls was close to impossible. So, the graduated strand of pearls was born. This marked an easy way to create a stylish pearl necklace that was not dependent on a full strand of identically sized pearls.
"Sharing is caring", by Ivy Teong, Chief Designer, Juwelen Design. She is also the author for juwelendesign.blogspot.my or ivyteong.blogspot.com