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In 2017, buy a cultured pearl necklace with confidence

A pearl necklace is always well received. In some countries it's the time honoured gift for anniversaries (especially 30th anniversaries) landmark birthdays and weddings. Choose your necklace in one of four standard lengths with a gold or sterling silver clasp. If you need a different length we can make it.

Small and Shiny
small, shiny pearls on this necklace
Grade AAA 5-6mm pearls from £120 details

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A World Favourite
the world's favourite real pearl necklace
Grade AAA 7-8mm pearls from £255 details

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Double Strands
a two (double) strand necklace
Grade AAA 7-8mm pearls from £495 details

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For Any Occasion
this cultured pearl necklace is suitable for any occasion
Grade AAA 6-7mm pearls from £160 details

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Anniversary Special
a top quality cultured pearl necklace for wedding anniversaries and special birthdays
Grade AAA 8-9mm pearls from £375 details

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Pearls and Gold
a stunning pearl and gold necklace
Grade AAA 7-8mm pearls from £325 details

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Everyday Wear
a budget pearl necklace for everyday wear
Grade A 8-9mm pearls from £195 details

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Heads Will Turn
very big pearls on this necklace
Grade A 9-11mm pearls from £325 details

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Natural Pearls
keishi (or keshi) pearl necklace
Keishi or ‘Keshi’ pearls from £170 details

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Exceptional Value
a necklace with oval pearls
Grade AA 8-9mm oval pearls from £135 details

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36 Inch Ropes
rope pearl necklace with 36 inches of pearls
With 7, 8 or 9mm pearls from £245 details

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The Pirates Choice
black pearl necklace with high quality pearls
Grade AAA 8-9mm pearls from £375 details

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Pearls and Gold
black pearls and gold necklace
Grade AAA 7-8mm pearls from £325 details

Exotic Yet Affordable
black cultured pearl necklace
Grade AAA 7-8mm pearls from £255 details

Absolutely Stunning
black pearl necklace with top quality pearls
Grade AAA 9mm pearls from £525 details

Stylish and Unique
black pearl necklace
Grade AAA 6-7mm pearls from £160 details

To guarantee quality, all necklaces are hand-made in our West Wales workshop using traditional skills, materials, and genuine cultured pearls.
the complete package
  • natural wood cases
  • lined jewellery boxes
  • certified by a pearl expert
  • pearl care kit and advice
Necklaces are presented in natural wood cases or lined jewellery boxes and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, a soft pouch and a pearl care kit.

customer reviews

“I must tell you how pleased we are with the pearls. They made a superb 30th birthday gift for my partner and she was truly delighted. Many thanks again for a super service and an excellent product.”  
David Adams, Southport, Lancs

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making our necklaces

making a pearl necklace
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It takes a bit longer and costs a little more but we think the end result is worth it - and so do our customers.

confused about pearls ?
confused about pearls ?
Afraid you'll get it wrong ? The Beginner's Guide will steer you through the pearl buying maze.

clasps that glitter
might be gold

types of gold used in jewellery

types of gold used in jewellery
Carat gold, gold vermeil, gold-filled, gold-plated. There's a big difference between them.
Video Transcript - Making Our Necklaces

We’re sometimes asked why we don’t have our necklaces and bracelets made overseas – in the countries we buy our pearls from. Wouldn’t it be cheaper and easier? Well, yes it would, but apart from adding value, rather than just being a middleman, there are good practical reasons for doing the work here rather than abroad and the most important one is control over quality. We’re very aware that many customers are buying pearls for their partners – perhaps for a wedding, a birthday, Christmas, or an important anniversary. They really don’t want to be worrying about the quality of their gift.

So let’s have a look at how our necklaces are made….

Pearls are bought in 16 inch strands like these. In theory, by the time you’ve knotted between each pearl and added a clasp, a 16-inch strand will make an 18-inch necklace – but it never works out like that. No matter how good your supplier or how long you’ve dealt with them, you always find a few duff pearls on a strand.

The first task then, is to re-string the pearls on another temporary strand, inspecting and rejecting those that are below grade. Typically, we put aside 10% - 15% of the pearls on any strand. On a necklace with 7 to 8 millimetre size pearls that’s up to 8 pearls that don’t make the cut. Of course, we couldn’t do this if we were buying in ‘already-made’ necklaces. The new temporary strand is now ready to be made into a proper necklace. Its’s not rocket science – all that’s needed are the pearls, a gold or silver clasp, silk thread, necklet ends and a knotting tool – but it does require care and concentration. You don’t want to get to the end of a long necklace then make a mistake – the whole thing will have to be cut up and restarted.

The finished item is placed on a neck stand to make sure it hangs correctly – it’s not lumpy or unbalanced - then examined by an experienced pearl graduate of the London branch of the Gemological Institute of America who signs and stamps the certificate of authenticity with the appropriate grade. Finally, the necklace is placed in a good quality wood or leatherette jewellery case – none of your cardboard rubbish – and finished off by including the certificate, the guarantee, a pearl care kit, and a soft pouch. It’s rare for anything to go wrong with a necklace or bracelet but occasionally one will get broken and a pearl or two be lost or damaged. If this happens we can restring the item and replace any missing pearls – that’s another advantage or making them ourselves.

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