For many centuries pearls have been the rarest, most expensive type of jewelry, available only to the upper class & royalty. Because of the exorbitant cost of pearls, the Add-a-Pearl tradition was started, allowing families to add-on just one pearl every year for their daughters' birthdays and other special occasions, rather than having to spend a large sum all at once.
Fortunately, in the 1990s, high quality & affordable freshwater-cultured pearls came on the scene. In fact, pearls are so affordable now, that you could give your daughter or niece a whole new piece of pearl jewelry every year!
How It Works
For necklaces, it is easy to start with a single pearl pendant necklace, such as the these ones.
Every year, you could then add one or two more pearls to the necklace, wire wrapping them to create a delightful dangling effect.
This same principle can be easily applied to bracelets as well, starting with one pearl and adding pearls on to the chain, making the bracelet longer in length as she grows.
Along with her first pearl necklace or bracelet would be a gorgeous pair of classic round or button pearl earrings, available in both sterling silver and 14k Gold.