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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.
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: 3.8 x 2.8 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- ASIN: B005MS7GCA
- Item model number: 3610S
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 22, 2011
- Domestic Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Amazon Collection|
|Back finding||Post with friction back|
|Total metal weight||0.04 Grams|
|Metal Weight||0.04 Grams|
Freshwater Cultured Pearl
|Number of pearls||2|
|Surface markings and blemishes||Very lightly blemished|
|Uniformity||Good to very good|
|Stringing Method||Not strung|
|Pearl type||Freshwater cultured|
|Package||Classic Medium Box|
Top Customer Reviews
Overall these are nice quality little pearl earrings. Good looking, classic pearl earrings, with a pop of color. They make nice gifts...come in a variety of color. The earrings can be cost effective bridesmaid's gifts for a very traditional bride on a budget. Great for stocking stuffers and grab bags, too. They don't look cheap, even though they are inexpensive. I kept my pocketbook on a tight leash this Holiday Season. They were great for me. They arrived in a navy blue velvet pouch tucked inside a navy board box.
They are not bad just not great. Luster is uneven on each (but not dull) and the color is not well matched and such a saturated deep mauve pink they look dyed and that wasn't disclosed in their description. One pearl is deeply blemished on bottom half but doesn't show when on. They are well made and have proven durable, posts are not spindly but butterfly backs were so tight at first I thought I was going to break the posts getting them on but they loosened up in a few wearings.
I wear them often enough, they are 7 mm which is an excellent comfortable everyday pearl size. For $6 definitely decent, and if the color is natural (doubtful) they are even more worth it.
Update: Jan. 30, 2015
I have been wearing these studs quite frequently for almost 3 years now and they have held up fine, no issues whatsoever. I wanted to update because I notice a lot of reviews concerning sub par durability with pearl studs bought on Amazon and that hasn't been my experience with these. They are well made and well balanced with sturdy posts and backs. The sterling hasn't turned into something fake or bothered my ears. I actually like them more than when I first got them although they are quite 'pink.'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Holding up well and have not lost color over months of continuous use.Published 3 months ago by A. Miller
I bought these back in 2012 and wore them almost everyday for three years. It wasn't until I lost one a few months ago that I stopped wearing them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Katherine
Very pretty. Just the right size. Not too small and not too large. Color is as shown. Seller got them out to me quickly.Published 14 months ago by D. Leonard
I ordered these for my daughter and she LOVED them. She's 14, so you really don't get a much better endorsement than that. They're beautiful earrings and got here quickly.Published 18 months ago by Heather Olson
These are not real pearls - not even close. However, they are aesthetically pleasing and pretty for the price. A bit bigger than I was expecting. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Metal Pillow