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How to wear a Rope Necklace of Pearls

There are many ways to wear pearls and choosing the right length of necklace for your intended look is one of the first decisions to make.

The sautoir necklace, also known as a pearl rope necklace, is usually 95 cm in length or more. Worn as a single strand, the pearl sautoir can reach the waist and has a vintage style reminiscent of the 1920s, swinging round the necks of girls dancing the Charleston.

But the sautoir is also one of the most versatile rope pearl necklaces as it can be looped around the neck up to three times or can be worn knotted at the front. Recently the pearl sautoir has seen a revival with the trend for layering jewellery, perhaps worn with freshwater pearls of a different shape and colour, semi-precious stones or chains.

Certain clasp designs will also allow a sautoir to be twisted and worn like a short thicker necklace.

One of the most popular items at Winterson, the pearl rope necklace is a lasting addition to any jewellery box.

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