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What could be more elegant and classic than a string of pearls? There's a reason they remain in style year after year - they're entirely timeless! Once you try it, you'll find it's really not that hard to string your own pearls. Many conventional necklaces use smaller pearls toward the clap with larger pearls in the center front. You can use that traditional method, or use some of the newer sizes and shapes of cultured pearls to vary the style. The time-honored length for a string of pearls is the "princess" length of 17 to 19 inches, which lies just below the neckline.