The best way to look at this is to imagine and presume the bride will wear a double strand pearl necklace. If this is the case, matching white freshwater single strand necklaces, either 16 or 18 inches, would be ideal for the Bridesmaids. Matching freshwater pearl earrings would also complete the set of pearl jewelry. The fashion statement here is the attention that is placed on the bride, while the bridesmaids compliment the bride choice.
AAA or AA+ freshwater pearls will do well as a choice of pearls for bridesmaids. These are all beautiful, quality pearl necklaces and we recommend that the pearl size for the Bridesmaids be at least one size smaller than the bride’s pearls for example, if the bride’s pearl strand is 8-9mm, the bridesmaid’s pearls should be 7-8mm or 6-7mm. If in doubt what color pearls to select for the bridesmaids, we recommend white pearls with ivory overtone because it is the most flexible overtone and will look great with all complexions.
Another popular option for bridesmaids is to give them matching freshwater pearl pendants. Either white or colored pearls make lovely pearl pendants.