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White Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace with Sterling Silver Clasp (9-10 mm), 18"

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  • Whether paired with a simple sweater or a glamorous gown, this pearl strand epitomizes classic feminine beauty.
  • The natural properties and process of pearl formation define the unique beauty of each pearl. The image may show slight differences in texture, color, size, and shape.
  • Carved rings are naturally occurring imperfections that result from the pearl rotating inside the mollusk as it is growing. They define the unique beauty of each pearl and may vary in size, number, and depth per pearl.
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Product Description

Deliver the look of lustrous elegance with the gift of the White Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace with Sterling Silver Clasp. This 18-inch strand is composed of 9-10mm off-round freshwater cultured pearls. The pearls are harvested with good uniformity and a fair luster rating. Hang-strung for quality, this princess-length strand fastens with an elegant pearl and safety clasp.

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Freshwater Cultured Pearls

These pearls are gathered from freshwater lake and river mollusks. Most Freshwater pearls come from China and they can be mostly round to off-round, or rice-shaped to baroque. They look similar to Akoya pearls, but are the perfect gift when on a budget. They might be slightly less symmetrical, smaller, or not as easily matched, but these minor differences provide a major value for the price.


Pearls are produced naturally in the body of salt and freshwater mollusks, such as oysters and mussels. When these animals sense an irritant, such as a grain of sand, they produce a soft coating of calcium carbonate substance around it. The result is a pearl. Because perfectly round, naturally produced pearls are so rare, a process known as cultivation was developed by Kokichi Mikimoto in the early 1900s. A small bead of polished shell, the nucleus, is used as an irritant and delicately inserted into the mantle of a mollusk. It takes approximately 20-24 months of intensive husbandry to cultivate a saltwater pearl and somewhat less time to cultivate freshwater pearls. The harvest usually takes place during the months of June and September.


Mollusks produce pearls in a variety of colors, accommodating most personal preferences and budgets. The general color of a pearl is also known as the body color. Pearls typically range from white, cream, and yellow to pink, silver, or black. An overtone of secondary color is sometimes seen. For instance, a pearl may appear to be white, but upon closer inspection a rosy hue is detected. The body color would then be termed white-rosé. Color variation does not affect the quality of the pearl, though it should be noted that color matching is important when choosing pearls for some necklaces, earrings, or bracelets. In fashion jewelry, pearls can sometimes be dyed to achieve the desired color, which should be mentioned in the product description or specifications.


The appealing, deep shine of a pearl is often what defines its beauty. This shine is produced by multiple layers of semi-opaque calcium carbonate crystals, called nacre. The nacre reflects light on the surface of the pearl, producing brilliance and sheen. Lustre is an integral feature in determining the quality of a pearl. Large pearls have a thicker nacre and, therefore, a higher lustre. When comparing a small Freshwater pearl to a large South Sea pearl, the difference is clearly visible to the untrained eye and should be considered when purchasing pearls.


While pearls come in many different shapes, the rarest and highest-quality are round. Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea oysters tend to produce the roundest pearls, while those of Freshwater mollusks can be oval to slightly off-round. When considering a pearl purchase, whether it be a necklace, bracelet, or earrings, look for consistency in the shapes of the pearls. Many of the less symmetrical shapes are used in stylish jewelry which can be quite beautiful: the drop pearl's shape lends well to earrings, and the baroque pearl features irregular shapes that work well as necklace accents. In addition, a half sphere pearl called a "mabe" is often used in earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.


An oyster's particular type and size has a direct effect on how large the pearl it produces will be, and pearls do come in a wide range of sizes. Round pearls are measured according to their diameter, while baroque pearls are measured by their length and width. A pearl's size does not necessarily affect its quality, but it does affect its price. Large, round pearls are rare and their lustre is usually high--this beautiful combination of traits is often reflected in the cost of such pearls.

Average pearl sizes (in diameter):

Akoya: 6-8mm

Freshwater: 5-6.5mm

South Sea: 11-13mm

Tahitian: 11-12mm

Keshi: 4-10mm

Surface Markings

Often when an oyster creates a pearl, the nacre does not develop smoothly. The surface of a pearl is judged by how many marks are visible in the nacre. These imperfections can be small and unnoticeable or quite large and distinct. Like diamonds, pearls are rarely flawless. However, high lustre or the way pearls are strung and set can help conceal surface markings.


Proper care of pearls is not difficult if you remember that they are organic and produced by a living thing. Pearls are soft and delicate, but when cared for with common sense, they will maintain their lustre for centuries. The pearls should not come in contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume, chlorinated water, or other harsh chemicals. To keep them clean, let them be the last item put on when dressing, and the first item taken off at the end of an evening. The best way to maintain their lustre is to wear the pearls often, and wipe them down with a soft cloth afterward--pearls absorb the oils from skin, which helps keep them moist. Pearls should be stored in a cloth pouch or jewelry bag, separated from other jewelry to prevent nicks or chipping. Periodically, pearl strands should be restrung since the silk thread used to tie the pearls together breaks down over time.

  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B002IFSUP2
  • Item model number: 9-10XCPF
  • Date first available at September 8, 2009
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,857 in Jewelry (See Top 100 in Jewelry)
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    Product Specifications

    Jewelry Information
    Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Amazon Collection
    Material Pearl
    Length 18 inches
    Chain No chain
    Clasp Other clasp type
    Total metal weight 0.46 Grams
    Model number 9-10XCPF
    Metal Information

    Sterling Silver
    Metal Sterling silver
    Metal stamp 925
    Metal Weight 0.46 Grams
    Pearl Information

    Freshwater Cultured Pearl
    Number of pearls 48
    Surface markings and blemishes Moderately blemished
    Shape Semiround
    Uniformity Good
    Luster Fair
    Minimum color White
    Stringing Method Individually knotted on silk cord
    Pearl type Freshwater cultured
    Packaging Information
    Package Deluxe Necklace Box

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Pepper Jack on May 22, 2011
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    May, 2011: I bought this necklace a few days ago, and it's lovely! The clasp is beautiful and the necklace is gorgeous.

    UPDATE (Oct 31, 2011): Unfortunately, two days ago the string broke while I was putting the necklace on. I always took great care of my necklace and I'm so upset that this happened. I shouldn't have to have it restrung after less than 6 months of owning it.

    UPDATE (Feb 26, 2012): I believe the version of the necklace that Amazon is now selling is of lower quality than the one I purchased back in May. After my necklace broke I called Amazon and they sent me a replacement that was of very, very poor quality, and akin to what many of the negative reviews are saying about this necklace. The pearls were scratched, blemished, and pitted. I'm aware that for a low price we're not getting Akoyas or anything like that, but these pearls are not even on par with standard Freshwater pearls that you'd find at a jewelry store. I am so disappointed with Amazon for selling these terrible quality pearls. I must acknowledge that there are positive reviews, so it seems that maybe the higher quality necklaces are still in their warehouses, so as long as this isn't a last minute gift, it might be okay to gamble with this necklace, but be wary.
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    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Reefbeach on December 6, 2011
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    First time pearl buyer. Wanted to get something nice for my girlfriend. Read the reviews on this and I took a chance figuring the odds were in my favor to get a good product. Well I was completely wrong. Two things wrong with this necklace:
    1. As soon as I pulled the necklace out of the bag I could noticeably see the imperfections in the pearls at an arms distance. Almost every pearl had pits and what looked like mis-drilled holes. I'm no pearl expert but this looked terrible. Not one pearl was smooth all the way around.
    2. The Sterling Silver Clasp is a piece of junk. I could not undo it to open the necklace and it broke on the first attempt.

    Bottom line: Do not buy this product.
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    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By NCSurf on November 28, 2011
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    Let me start by saying I am not an experienced pearl purchaser. This was my first purchase, although I have seen many pearls. Overall, I was disappointed. I expect a certain quality product from Amazon and don't feel like these make the cut. The pearls are fairly symmetrical and similar in size. They are however, heavily scratched, pitted, and blemished. These imperfection are easily noticeable within the distance of a casual conversation. For this reason I am uncertain whether I will keep them or return them.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stargazer2190 on October 29, 2013
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    The pearls are fairly round but not without minor blemishes. The pearls have a nice weight to them and look and feel nice when on. The pearls are more white than cream and come in a medium sized box. The clasp is not adjustable and not including the clasp there is 17 inches worth of pearls. The necklace is Made in China. For the price, I am not sure if I would find better pearls compared to department stores. I did also buy the Amazon Curated 7.5-8 mm Potato Pearl Necklace for $37 to compare and that one had less flaws but I prefer the rounded look.

    Update: I had mine replaced because the first one was blemished and the replacement looked completely different. Color was more cream than white and length was 16.5 so be aware that there may be some variation in color and size length even though the clasp is the same.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ulsaba on July 19, 2011
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    I purchased the necklace for myself using a gift voucher. I am UK based and shipment from the US was safe and secure and it arrived within a reasonable time.

    Quite large pearls, I was surprised. It feels great, not too flashy, not too cheap. Especially at the price I purchased it for I can't complain. Great for the office/meetings, but also for going out.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl on December 30, 2011
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    I purchased the 18" freshwater pearl neckless and was shocked how cheap it looked when it arrived. It doesn't have that elegance you associate with wearing pearls and it was very disappointed that it came scraped and scratched.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cherryboro on April 23, 2012
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    It is a nice sturdy necklace just the length needed to show even when wearing a button blouse. It has a nice slip in and twist catch that acts as a safety device. It usually requires a second person to fasten it for you.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2011
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    My husband bought these for me for Christmas and I love them! The clasp is delicate and nicely done. As to the previous complaints, these are farmed fresh water pearls, they arent supposed to be factory cut perfect. The small blemishes make them real. You will only get perfect real pearls if you spend 3 or 4 times the amount of money.
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