But I'll bet few readers are twenty-to-thirty year old brides or graduates, so in today's windows, grown-up pearls, pearls that refute the demure '60s image of what I call the baby-teeth necklace.
Occupying the box seat at the Pearl Derby would be a South Sea necklace, which I recently saw on a woman at least my age, in simple sandals, soft, faded jeans and a finely striped grey and aqua t-shirt. She looked amazing, and pearls like this were the only jewelry she wore:
A pendant gives pearly pleasure for far less. But not the boring round-white-with-tiny-diamond that a girl gets. Go badass, sisters!
Savannah Stranger's ruby and grey pearl equator pendant is all that; set in blackened 18k white gold, the 7mm x 9mm pearl is surrounded by .15ct of rubies. That attitude costs $2, 300.
If you like the piece but not the price, you might have a similar one made. Repurpose a chain you're not wearing (the 'blackened' look can be achieved with oxidized silver, far less costly than gold), invest in lively little stones for the halo (consider tourmaline or garnet, if ruby is too expensive), and buy a pearl with mesmerizing orient.
For that, I suggest one of Kojima Company's shimmering sherbert pearls (pearl shown is a plush 14mm x 11.3mm; price, $45) a superb value. You can see my scoop of sherbert here, in a pendant.
If my birthday were in June, I'd treat myself to Jan Logan's Gatsby necklace, a multistrand bib accented by sterling silver. Definitely more siren than demure deb, extremely wearable, and relatively light because of the design. The price is a reasonable $AUD 385.
If you own a classic but too-small necklace, use this as a reno idea, with your necklace as the single-strand portion, and add new pearls for the bib (a modest cost; Logan doesn't give specs but they look around 3-4mm.)
I keep circling back to drool over Kojima Company's extra-long (19-inch) strand of 10.6mm -12.5mm lavender freshwaters, which will string up to at least 20 inches. That's a boon for women who need more length, and if you prefer a shorter strand, save the extra pearls for earrings.
That colour and lustre for the price, $1,170, should make someone June-jubilant. (If that's a reader, fasten the clasp and come see me.)