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Baby Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace with 14k Yellow Gold Clasp (4.5mm), 13"

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  • Classic strand of freshwater cultured pearls featuring 14k yellow gold spring-ring clasp
  • 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

Her first strand of pearls is a jewelry gift that she will remember forever. The Baby Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace is the perfect accessory for any little girl. Its 13-inch strand length is composed of 4.5mm potato-shaped freshwater cultured pearls. The pearls reveal good uniformity, a medium luster and are single knotted along the strand to protect the pearls' surface or nacre. The necklace is finished with a 14k yellow gold spring-ring clasp for security.

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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.

Cultivation

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.

Color

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.

Lustre

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.

Shape

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.

Size

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.

Care

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.

  • ASIN: B005GUPV9O
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.9 x 0.4 inches; 0.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: USA
  • Item model number: 75/472
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002 in Jewelry (See Top 100 in Jewelry)
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    Product Specifications

    Jewelry Information
    Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Amazon Collection
    Material Pearl
    Width 0.25 inches
    Length 13 inches
    Chain No chain
    Clasp Spring ring
    Total metal weight 0.08 Grams
    Model number 75/472
    Metal Information

    Yellow Gold
    Metal Yellow gold
    Metal stamp 14k
    Metal Weight 0.08 Grams
    Pearl Information

    Freshwater Cultured Pearl
    Number of pearls 1
    Surface markings and blemishes Very lightly blemished
    Shape Potato
    Uniformity Good
    Luster Medium luster
    Minimum color White
    Stringing Method Single knotted
    Pearl type Freshwater cultured
    Packaging Information
    Package Oversized Medium box

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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mamaox on January 4, 2012
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    One of our granddaughters asked for pearls for Christmas, and we purchased one for her (age 4) and one for her sister (age 6). They were thrilled with the "grown-up jewelry." The necklace was a perfect size and dressed up their Christmas outfits.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane F on December 30, 2011
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    The pearls very perfect. I was quite frankly very surprised that they were so nice since they were inexpensive.
    For young girls they are wonderful. Pearls could be added as the children get larger. They are that nice.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Constance Feathers on September 11, 2014
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    It would be too large for a baby, but an older child could wear it. Problem is that the clasp is so very tiny it is hard to work with, so I had to return it. Sorry
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By grammy on October 8, 2012
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    Nice quality. Perfect length for my 2 year old great granddaughter. Would recommend this product. Nicest I found for the price.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Pellegrino on December 21, 2014
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    I purchased this necklace for my six month old daughter to wear on her baptism day. The necklace arrived in a very nice box, the pearls have a subtle shine and are slightly oval shaped, and overall the necklace is beautiful. As far as quality, it has stood the test of two months time as my daughter wears it nearly every day and pulls on it at least once a day. Nothing looks worn or has broken. For my daughter at least, the length was perfect. It sat about three inches below the base of her neck. Definitely visible but able to be tucked under her dress if she was tugging too much. It's never been too tight or caused any discomfort. One of my favorite purchases.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Bates on November 13, 2012
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    I ordered these for a Christmas present for my 2-year old niece. I could not be more pleased, but now I have a problem... I'm not sure if I can wait to give them to her. They are the perfect present for a little girl! Great quality and very beautiful!!! Thanks
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sibona on August 23, 2014
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    I wish that I has read the description a bit better. The strand is so small, it wouldn't even fit around my 13 year old niece's neck. I gave it to her to put on her dolls.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lilly_C on March 4, 2014
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    So beautiful, I purchased this for my newborn baby girl, and I couldn't be happier it's perfect for Easter and I'm sure it will look lovely on her.
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