Pearl necklace (neck facial)

A pearl necklace is a slang term referring to a sexual act in which a man ejaculates semen on or near the neck, chest or breast of another person. It can be done following mammary intercourse or oral sex.[1] The result is said by some to look like a necklace of pearls because of the stringy translucent white drops of semen that are deposited there.[2][3]

It is one of the activities that sex workers use as safe sex alternatives for people who refuse to wear a condom.[1][4] One sex worker explained to a researcher that it's because mammary intercourse feels like penetrative sex to the man.[1]

In mass media

The "pearl necklace" is a topic that has appeared in popular culture. A song, "Pearl Necklace", by ZZ Top refers to the act, and it has been featured in movies such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall[n 1] and Half Baked,[n 2] was mentioned during a Bob Fleming sketch on The Fast Show,[n 3] and at least one episode of HBO show Sex and the City. It has also been mentioned in the Danish movie Klovn: The Movie.[5]


^ Forgetting Sarah Marshall: the protagonist, Peter Bretter, makes a reference to a pearl necklace while on a webcam chat with his step-brother and his wife. ^ In Half Baked: Brian (Jim Breuer) says to Thurgood (Dave Chappelle) "You said you gave Maryjane a pearl necklace. How much did that cost, man?" to which he replies "Obviously you missed the point of that story." ^ At the opening of the sketch, as the camera opens up on Bob Fleming and his guest on the show "Country Matters", Bob can be heard closing their private conversation with the phrase " I gave her a pearl necklace."


  1. a b c d Davis, 1996, pages 125-127
  2. Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man: Dan Anderson. Regan Books, 1997. p 106-7.
  3. The Vice Guide to Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll: Suroosh Alvi, Gavin McInnes, Shane Smith. Warner Books, 2003. p 35
  4. Wendy Chapkis (1997). Live sex acts: women performing erotic labor (illustrated ed.). Taylor & Francis. p. 170 (and footnote 57 on page 232). ISBN 0415912881.
  5. Sources for use in Sex and the City:
    • Sabrina Weill (2006). Perigee. ed. The Real Truth about Teens and Sex. p. 113. ISBN 0399532803. "I didn't know what a pearl necklace was until I watched Sex and the City"
    • Ben Shapiro (2005). Regnery Publishing. ed. Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future. ISBN 0895260166. "Samantha to Charlotte: actually, we're talking about the other kind of pearl necklace. You know, the one where the guy decorates your neck?"
    • Richard Wright gives Samantha a pearl thong as a gift and says "Maybe later if you're good, I'll give you pearl necklace to match".

Further reading

Eric Partridge; Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor (2006). Taylor & Francis. ed. The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. p. 1455. ISBN 041525938X. Peter Davis (1996). Auckland University Press. ed. Intimate Details & Vital Statistics: AIDS, Sexuality and the Social Order in New Zealand. pp. 125–127. ISBN 1869401395.

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