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In 2017, shop with confidence for pearl earrings

romanLong known as the Queen of Gems, pearls were once the exclusive property of the rich and powerful. It's said that the Roman General Vitelliusa paid for an entire military campaign by selling one of his mother's pearl earrings.


Large White Studs
Large White Earrings
Grade AAA 9 & 10mm pearls from £98 details
White Stud Earrings
White Stud Earrings
6, 7 & 8mm AAA pearls from £31 details
Huge White Pearls
Huge White Pearls
Grade AAA 11mm pearls from £161 details

Black Stud Earrings
Black Stud Earrings
Grade AAA 7 & 8mm pearls from £44 details

Black Drop Earrings
Black Drop Earrings
With Grade AAA 8mm pearls from £98 details

White Drop Earrings
White Drop Earrings
With Grade AAA 8mm pearls from £98 details

Single Pearl Drops
Single Pearl Drops
Grade AAA 9mm pearls from £102 details

Big Black Studs
Big Black Studs
Grade AAA 9 & 10mm pearls from £98 details

Teardrop Pearls
Teardrop Pearl Earrings
16mm & 18mm long pearls from £127 details

Grade AAA Drops
Large Pearl Drop Earrings
With 10 & 11mm pearls from £161 details

Black 9mm Pearls
Black Pearl Drop Earrings
Grade AAA black pearls from £145 details

Broken Stud Earring ?
Broken Stud Earring
Don't panic. Fix it with this simple home repair
the complete package
  • natural wood cases
  • lined jewellery boxes
  • certified by a pearl expert
  • pearl care kit and advice
Earrings are presented in natural wood cases or lined jewellery boxes. Top-end earrings are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and a pearl care kit.

customer reviews

“My order just arrived. The earrings are beautiful and are a gift for a friend's 40th. I am sure she is going to be as delighted with these as I was with mine which I bought from you a few years ago.”  
Andrea Connelly, Norwich

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pearl sizes
pearl sizes
6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 millimetre pearls compared to an 18 millimetre five pence piece. Back in the 1950's a 7mm round cultured pearl was considered large.

spot the difference ?

round versus button pearl earrings
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They look the same on screen but one of these 8mm pairs costs four times the other.

Video Transcript - Spot The Difference

This is a bit of an easy one if you know a little about pearl shapes. The earrings look identical when shown like this on a screen but when they are taken out of their boxes and looked at from the side you can see the difference straight away. One pair is made using high quality round pearls. The other pair is made with button pearls – round on one side and flat on the other.

This isn’t knocking button pearls. In terms of size and lustre and surface quality they can be just as good as round pearls and typically are very good value for money. The point is that because of their button shape they cost only a fraction of their round counterparts.

If you’re buying stud earrings on the internet make sure you know what shape the pearls are so you don’t overpay. If you’re buying earrings as a gift you can be fairly sure the recipient knows that button pearls are the much cheaper option.

Just for the record, all the stud earrings on this Pearl Market website are made with round pearls.



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