Stick Pearls

Stick Pearls are long, flat and narrow - making them an excellent choice for adding "texture" to your designs. They are most commonly drilled through the flat middle of the pearl. We also carry other drilled configurations when they are available (drilled on the long dimension, top-drilled, etc.). Sometimes these pearls are called "Biwa Pearls" in the pearl bead market - but we reserve that term for the long, thin pearls that are more rounded and bumpy.

A note on sizes: Stick Pearls will be described by their length, in millimeters, which will usually be a range (e.g. 16-24mm). The second dimension given is the smaller width dimension, usually described by an average size in millimeters.

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Featured Stick Pearls - Center-Drilled

Stick, Gold, Center Drilled, 18mm

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$16.45 per strand
$13.99 each at 10 strands or more
$11.52 each at 50 strands or more

Stick, Cranberry, Center Drilled, 20mm

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$16.45 per strand
$13.99 each at 10 strands or more
$11.52 each at 50 strands or more

Stick, White, Center Drilled, 21-35mm

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$45.50 per strand
$38.68 each at 10 strands or more
$31.85 each at 50 strands or more

Featured Stick Pearls - Top-Drilled

Stick, Dark Gold, Top Drilled, 14mm

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$15.50 per strand
$13.18 each at 10 strands or more
$10.85 each at 50 strands or more

Stick, Skinny White, Top Drilled, 21mm

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$25.50 per strand
$21.68 each at 10 strands or more
$17.85 each at 50 strands or more

Stick, White, Top Drilled, 23mm

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$28.50 per strand
$24.23 each at 10 strands or more
$19.95 each at 50 strands or more

Stick, White, Flat & Skinny, Top Drilled, 30mm

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$48.40 per strand
$41.14 each at 10 strands or more
$33.88 each at 50 strands or more

Featured Stick Pearls - End-Drilled

Stick, Gold, end drill, 17mm

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$10.80 per strand
$9.18 each at 10 strands or more
$7.56 each at 50 strands or more

Stick, White, end drill, avg 24mm

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$10.60 per strand
$9.01 each at 10 strands or more
$7.42 each at 50 strands or more

How Many Stick Pearls on a Strand?

Pearls are typically strung on temporary strands measuring 16 inches in length. In metric measurements, this is equivalent to about 400mm. The table below is based on dividing the strand length by the average length on the drilled dimension of the pearl. This table gives you an approximate number of pearls you may expect to see on a typical strand - actual pearl counts can vary from this estimate.

Please note that this table works pretty well for uniformly sized stick pearls, drilled through the center of the pearl. It does not work very well for stick pearls that are end-drilled (because it is hard to guess the drilled dimension).

Drilled Dimension
(average)
How many Pearls
on a Strand
3mm133
3.5mm114
4mm100
4.5mm89
5mm80
5.5mm73
6mm67
6.5mm61
7mm57
7.5mm53
8mm50
8.5mm47
9mm44
10mm40
11mm36

How Many End-Drilled Stick Pearls on a Strand?

Use this table for stick pearls drilled on the long dimesion of the pearl:

Drilled Dimension
(average)
How many Pearls
on a Strand
16mm25
18mm22
20mm20
22mm18
24mm17
26mm15
28mm14
30mm13
32mm12

Pearl buying tips:

Freshwater Pearls are sold by the strand. Strands are usually 16" long (40 cm), but sometimes can be as short as 15.5". They are temporarily strung on thread or mono filament cord.

We try to stock pearl styles that can be restocked, or where very similar pearls are readily available. Since pearls are a "natural product", some styles and colors will be available only in limited amounts and may not be available again. It is best to purchase all the strands that you need for a particular project all at the same time.

Please be aware that you usually get what you pay for with Freshwater Pearls! In other words, the higher the price, the nicer the pearls. Higher priced pearls will be more consistent in color and shape and will have better luster. Pearl prices also tend to be higher for very small pearls (more labor to prepare the strands) or very large pearls (more rare and they take longer to culture).

The fresh water pearls we sell are cultured pearls; for more information about the pearl culturing process please see the All About Pearls page. For more tips and information about selecting and buying Freshwater Pearls, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions about Freshwater Pearls.