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Sterling Silver and A-Quality Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace, 16"


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  • Single strand of glossy potato pearls
  • Sterling silver fishhook 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.
  • Imported

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Product Specifications

Jewelry Information
Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Amazon Curated Collection
Material Pearl
Length 16 inches
Chain No chain
Clasp Other clasp type
Back finding single strand fishhook
Total metal weight 0.74 Grams
Model number FWN7580A-16B
Metal Information

Sterling Silver
Metal Sterling silver
Metal stamp 925
Metal Weight 0.74 Grams
Pearl Information

Freshwater Cultured Pearl
Number of pearls 50
Surface markings and blemishes Lightly blemished
Shape Potato
Uniformity Good
Luster High luster
Minimum color Peacock
Stringing Method Individually knotted on silk cord
Pearl type Freshwater cultured
Packaging Information
Package Deluxe Necklace Box

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Product Description

The Amazon Curated Collection

Discover the Amazon Curated Collection of fine and fashion jewelry. The expansive selection of high-quality jewelry featured in the Amazon Curated Collection offers everyday values that range from precious gemstone and diamond pieces to the latest fashion designs.

This hand-selected assortment features an array of diamond, gemstone, and precious metal designs that receive a quality inspection, including from Amazon’s staff graduate gemologist, to ensure they meet Amazon’s high standards. All diamonds featured in the Amazon Curated Collection are certified by our suppliers to be conflict free, and IGI, GIA, or AGS certifications are provided on white diamonds of .75 carats or larger on all stud earrings, rings, and pendant necklaces.

Pieces from the Amazon Curated Collection come packaged in a custom box, making them wonderful gifts. In addition, we offer free one-day shipping within the continental U.S. on items over $500. International shipping options for friends and family overseas are available for an additional fee.

The Amazon Curated Collection offers a specialized customer service team that is available seven days a week to answer any product questions before, during or after the purchase. If you’re not satisfied for any reason, you will receive a full refund and free return shipping within the U.S. if you return your purchase within 30 days.

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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.

The traditional pearl is treated to an update with this strand necklace, whose lovely coloring lends itself to a flirty, feminine look.^Sterling silver single-strand fishhook 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.^Imported

  • ASIN: B001U88BZC
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 2.8 x 0.5 inches; 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • Item model number: FWN7580A-16B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647 in Jewelry (See Top 100 in Jewelry)
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    Customer Reviews

    My wife LOVES the necklace!
    Sean P. Owens
    I was looking for a nice and affordable princess-length black freshwater pearl strand to add some polish to my everyday wardrobe, and this fits the bill perfectly.
    Yellow Dancer
    Very nice size and shape of the pearls.
    Carl D

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Sean P. Owens on March 11, 2012
    Length: 18Color Name: black Verified Purchase
    I purchased this strand of pearls as a "little something" for my wife. At the time they were marked down from $95 to $35. I read all the reviews first and decided to purchase the pearls despite some negative opinions.

    First let me say for $35 I wasn't expecting Tahitian black pearls like my mother paid beau coup bucks for years ago. I figured they might be cheap looking or fall apart at the slightest tug. So far I was wrong. My wife LOVES the necklace! She wears it with jeans and casual tops.. she wears it to work with black slacks and button down blouse. It is a versatile piece of jewelry.

    The necklace came in a little velvet pouch for storing while not wearing. Very important to use the pouch too.

    I would call the color closer to peacock graphite than black but nonetheless eye-catching. The pearls have a very nice luster. They are all uniform in size AND shape relative to each other. The clasp is stamped with a 925 telling me it's silver and not plate. The string job itself seems to be quality. It's double knotted on silk; that is usually how the higher priced [quality] pearls are strung. I read a couple reviews alluding to the "kinked" appearance their strands had. My strand had a mildly kinked appearance but after a week around my wife's neck it's worked all the "kinks" out. If you purchase this I would expect the same. My wife has some "expensive" jewelery as well as costume pieces. This necklace she can wear everyday and it does NOT look like costume jewelery... but at the same time if anything happens to it.. it wasn't and arm or leg. I think any female would love this set of pearls unless maybe she already owns a Tiffany's worth jewels. Thanks for reading!

    SPO

    ***UPDATE 11/20/2012***
    These pearls have held up wonderfully.
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Yellow Dancer on October 16, 2011
    Length: 18Color Name: black Verified Purchase
    I was looking for a nice and affordable princess-length black freshwater pearl strand to add some polish to my everyday wardrobe, and this fits the bill perfectly. For potato pearls, these are surprisingly round, even and lustrous. Imperfections - comprising striated surfaces and the occasional dimple - are subtle. Most of the pearls are a dark purple-grey, with the rest having a green tinge, making this necklace a perfect accessory for cool- and neutral-toned outfits. The stringing and clasp are sturdy, and the whole thing is pleasantly weighty.

    What it does lack is certification of authenticity and care instructions. This isn't a dealbreaker as it's hardly an investment or heirloom piece, though it would have been a nice touch.

    All in all, I must say that compared to my Banana Republic freshwater pearl necklace that cost over twice as much (and didn't come with documents either), this one wins hands down.

    In addition, it comes in a small black velvety pouch lying in a flat little dark blue box, making it easy to gift (and I think that any girl would be pleased to receive such a pretty present).

    Update (11th Nov 2011): I later bought the 18-inch champagne pearl necklace. The pearls on this one are nice too - quite clean, lustrous and egg-shaped, and strung along the shorter axis to give a rounder appearance. The stringing, knotting and clasp are perfectly decent. However, I would give this necklace only 4 stars if I could (Amazon doesn't allow multiple reviews to be written by the same person for the same listing) because of the dye job, which left brown stains around the drill holes and some flaws in the pearls, and somehow left their surfaces a little rougher to touch than expected. The colour is nowhere as light and fresh as in the picture, being a heavier, duskier gold. Still, it is a pretty colour that goes well with warm- and green-toned outfits, and I am happy with my purchase.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M Singleton on February 7, 2013
    Length: 18Color Name: black Verified Purchase
    I liked the necklace but the length appeared small. It was suppose to be 18 inches but i discovered that it was only 17 inches when I measured it.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 2011
    Length: 18Color Name: black Verified Purchase
    I purchased several expensive cultured pearl jewelry items this year while I was in India, and I wanted to purchase a necklace to match a pair of black pearl earrings. This piece is great - looks expensive and the pearls are pretty uniform. They're not perfect but they're prettier than costume jewelry!
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Binny on September 22, 2013
    Length: 16Color Name: black Verified Purchase
    This necklace is pretty and seems well made. I was disappointed in the color, however. "Peacock" means it should be iridescent; it's not. The pearls are pearly black, but not peacock. Still, since I wear a lot of black and I got it for a very reasonable price, I will keep it. Had I known I probably would have passed on it.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PrueC on April 26, 2011
    Length: 20Color Name: black Verified Purchase
    These pearls are gorgeous! When they arrived I was so excited - they are exactly what I was after. A little more purple than most black pearls (hence the peacock), but lovely.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ADH on February 27, 2014
    Length: 18Color Name: black Verified Purchase
    Lovely color to the pearls but the pearls are not round, or even close to round. They are egg shaped and not uniform in size either, so what you end up getting is a mismatched looking strand. Looking at the other posts I honestly think its the luck of the draw. I am not particularly happy with the product. The discription is misleading.
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    12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Pollock VINE VOICE on January 18, 2011
    Length: 24Color Name: white Verified Purchase
    I ordered these for a gift. I'm glad I got to see them before I gave them away. They were not strung properly and so didn't hang, but laid there with some unsightly bends and kinks. This was too bad, as the pearls were very nice. Thank goodness for Amazon who promptly refunded my money.
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