Your Guide To Buying Pearl Earrings-Everything You Need To Know Before Buying Your Ear Pair!

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Pearls are a timeless classic, and for good reason! They're elegant, versatile, and come in a surprising variety of styles. Whether you're looking for a simple pair of studs for everyday wear or a statement piece for a special occasion, there's a perfect pearl earring out there for you. 

This guide is your oyster to the perfect pearly ear companions. 

Table of contents: 

  • Quality determiners of a pearl
  • Pearl earrings styles as per Face shapes 
  • Popular pearl earrings styles 
  • The perfect pearl earring size 
  • Best Pearl earrings setting choice
  • Care tips for your pearl earrings 
  • FAQs

  • We know what you’re thinking: Don’t they all look the same? Well, you’ll be surprised at how different and wonderful these gems are. Pearl earrings are one of the best jewellery investments. They’re a true staple in your collection and you won’t have to worry that they’ll go out of fashion or that they won’t match any of your outfits. Regardless of your age, complexion, style, or size, they simply fit and can add an instant glow to your face.

    More Than Just Classic Studs 

    Though the classic studs are a must-have, today's pearl earrings come in a wide range of designs, including:

    LeverbackLeverback pearl earrings are secured with a lever that clicks shut, making them comfortable and easy to put on and take off.

    Fish Hook: These classic fish hook pearl earrings simply loop through your earlobe for a secure and comfortable fit just like this Classic Freshwater Pearl Fish Hook Earrings

    Diamond & Gemstone Combination: These luxurious earrings combine the elegance of pearls with the sparkle of diamonds. Take for instance, the South Sea Pearl Earrings with Diamonds or a Freshwater Pearl & Swiss Blue Topaz Earrings - a treat to the eyes, imagine wearing them on a breezy seaside!

    Hoops and Dangles: From the timeless elegance of pearl hoops, exuding a natural luster, to the whimsical charm of pearl danglers featuring delicate designs, sparkling accents, and a touch of movement, there's a perfect pair of pearl earrings for every mood and outfit. 

    How to Choose Your Perfect Pearl Earrings? 

    Just like diamonds, pearls have a quality grading system. Here are a few factors to consider: 

    Lustre: This is a pearl's shine - the brighter, the better!

    Size: Pearls range from tiny seed pearls of 6mm all the way to 20mm. Smaller pearls are more delicate, while larger pearls make a statement.

    Shape: Pearls come in various shapes, from round (the classic choice) to baroque (more unique and individual).

    Colour: White and cream are popular, but pearls come in a surprising range of colours, from creamy pink and golden to deep black!

    Surface Quality: Look for smooth, blemish-free pearls. Minor imperfections are okay, but avoid anything too noticeable.

    Out of these factors, lustre, a pearl's shine, is the most important. Excellent or very good lustre has light and sharp reflections. Average pearls have bright reflections, but hazy around the edges. Low-quality pearls are often dim and diffused. Surface quality matters too! High-quality pearls have minimal imperfections, or if any, barely noticeable. Fewer blemishes translate to higher value (and less chance of future chipping or breakage).

     What's Your Flattering Fit? 


    • Distinguishing Features:  Circular face, round chin line, the face is widest at the cheekbones.

    • Celebrities with a Round Face: Rani Mukherjee, Sonakshi Sinha

    • Best Style for You:  Elongate your face with longer pearl earrings like teardrops or danglers. Avoid large pearl studs or hoops, because they will make your face look rounder.


    • Distinguishing Features:   Well-rounded jawline and the forehead is slightly wider than the chin.

    • Celebrities with an Oval Face:  Emma Watson, Varun Dhawan

    • Best Style for You:  You can rock any style, but classic studs beautifully emphasise your symmetry.


    • Distinguishing Features:  Jawline and forehead are similar in width, with a straight or square chin.

    • Celebrities with a Square Face:  Aamir Khan, Tom Cruise.

    • Best Style for You:  Choose oval pearls and hoop pearl earrings to soften your face contour. Further soften your jawline with round or pearl cluster earrings.


    • Distinguishing Features:  Pointed chin, with forehead wider than the jawline.

    • Celebrities with a Diamond Face:  Deepika Padukone, Bradley Cooper

    • Best Style for You:  Balance the angles around your chin by wearing dangling or chandelier pearl earrings. Also try widening your forehead with pearl studs or button earrings.


    • Distinguishing Features:  narrow and longer face shape

    • Celebrities with a Long and Narrow Face:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Stone

    • Best Style for You:
        Round earrings are the best for this face shape, so you can’t go wrong with pearls. You can wear all types of pearl earrings, especially studs, because they make your face look fuller.


    • Distinguishing Features:   Widest at the forehead with a narrow, pointed chin.

    • Celebrities with a Triangle Face:  Kartik Aaryan, Tom Holland

    • Best Style for You:  Go for pearl earrings that create the illusion of width at the jawline, such as chandeliers or teardrops.

    Pearls of Wisdom 

    Ever wonder why advice sometimes gets called "pearls of wisdom"? It's not just because good advice is precious!  The ancient Greeks believed pearls to be the tears of the sea goddess, Aphrodite. So, those little gems weren't just beautiful, they symbolised knowledge gained from the vast depths of the ocean – pretty cool, right?

    Popular Pearl Earring Styles 

    Now that you know the basics, let's explore some popular pearl earring styles:

    Classic Pearl Studs: A timeless must-have for any jewellery box.

    Pearl Studs with a Diamond Halo: Adds extra sparkle and sophistication.

    Cluster Earrings: A statement piece with multiple pearls, perfect for special occasions.

    Ribbon Pearl Earrings: Delicate and feminine, with pearls strung on a fine wire or chain.

    Angara Recommendation: You can check out this Freshwater Pearl Earrings with Diamond Ribbon or Freshwater Pearl Spiral Ribbon Drop Earrings for a trendy look

    Pearl Drop Earrings: Features a pearl that "drops" at the base of the earring, giving them a sophisticated look.

    Pearl Dangle Earrings: Similar to drop earrings but are usually longer. 

    Pearl Chandelier Earrings: Perfect for formal occasions, they feature an elongated drop in the shape of chandeliers that dangles below the ear.

    Pearl Climbers/Crawlers: Gives the classic pearls a fresh modern twist as they "climb" up the earlobe when worn, making them a unique and stylish choice.

    Pearl Hoop Earrings: Pearl hoop earrings are a playful and modern twist on traditional pearl earrings. They are perfect for adding a touch of whimsy to any outfit.

    What's The Perfect Pearl Earring Size? 

    Pearl earrings come in a wide range of sizes, each with its own appeal:

    Small (6-7mm):  Delicate and perfect for everyday wear.

    Medium (7-8mm):  Classic and versatile, ideal for work or some occasion.

    Large (8mm and above):  Statement pieces for special events or bold  looks.

    Choosing the Right Setting for Your Pearl Earrings

    When choosing the right setting for your pearl earrings, consider the following factors:

    Pearl Size: Larger pearls require larger settings to ensure they are securely held in place.

    Pearl Type: Different types of pearls, such as Akoya, Freshwater, South sea or Tahitian, may require different settings to ensure they are properly secured.

    Personal Style: Consider your personal style and the occasion you plan to wear the pearl earrings. For example, if you want to wear them for a formal event, you may want to choose a more elegant setting like the bezel setting.

    Budget: Pearl earrings settings can vary significantly in price, so consider your budget when making your choice.

    Caring for Your Pearl Earrings 

    Pearls require some special care to maintain their luster and beauty. Here are some quick tips:

    • Avoid harsh chemicals like perfumes, hairspray, and chlorine.

    • Wipe them clean with a soft, damp cloth after wearing.

    • Store them in a soft pouch to prevent scratches.

    • Wear them regularly to keep them moisturized and prevent them from becoming brittle.

    • Avoid storing them in a humid environment or near direct sunlight, as this can cause them to become damaged.

    With proper care, your pearl earrings will become treasured pieces that you can enjoy for years to come. Explore Angara’s wide collection of pearl earrings that you can customise completely — from the metal type to the pearl size, settings and more! Feel free to reach out to our customer support for any queries, confusion or special requests. 

    We can't wait to see you grace this timeless elegance, so without further delay explore our pearl collection rightaway! 


    1. What to Know When Buying Pearl Earrings?
    When choosing your perfect pair, consider both size & shape in relation to your face shape and desired outfit style. Look for pearls with a bright shine and smooth surface. Angara guarantees only the finest quality pearls. 

    2. Who Should Wear Pearl Earrings?
    Absolutely anyone! Pearls are timeless and versatile. We have styles to suit all ages and tastes.

    3. What Do I Need to Know About Pearls?
    Luster and surface quality is the major quality determining factor for pearls. However, you might want to know if it's cultured or natural pearl based on your purpose of use.


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