Sterling Silver Pave Cubic Zirconia and Freshwater Cultured Pearl Chandelier Earrings

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  • Dramatic chandelier earring in sterling silver featuring five pearl drops and cubic zirconia accents
  • Cubic Zirconia is an affordable diamond alternative that reveals brilliant shine and a meticulous cut.
  • 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

Turn heads with these elegant chandelier earrings, made from sterling silver and luminous white freshwater cultured pearls. Floral shapes are incorporated into the airy chandelier design, which shimmers with cubic zirconia stones and radiant pearl drops. These earrings are set on posts with friction back closures.

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Cubic Zirconia

History

In 1937, Cubic Zirconia was first discovered by German mineralogists, M. V. Stackelberg and K. Chudoba. Little did they know, the tiny crystals that they discovered would move on to become a popular synthetic gemstone. It wasn’t until the 1970s that Cubic Zirconia was first used in the jewelry world, when scientists began growing the crystals in the laboratory. In the 1980s, Cubic Zirconia use in jewelry continued to grow and today is it one of the most popular diamond substitutes available on the market.

Composition

Cubic Zirconia is the cubic form of zirconium oxide that is created in a laboratory. Its durable material allows the synthetic stone to be molded into a variety of shapes. The stone offers brilliant shine and flawless clarity. Cubic Zirconia is available in a wide range of colors, including a colorless form that is an economically important competitor to natural diamonds.

Caring For Your Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

Like natural diamonds, Cubic Zirconia needs to be cared for in order to maintain its original brilliance and shine. Clean with warm-to-hot water and a soft brush with a mild soap, then immediately dry with a clean cloth after rinsing. Avoid contact with perfume, body lotion, hairspray or any other chemical that may harm the shine of the stone.

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.

  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 1.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • ASIN: B000VC8UBS
  • Item model number: CE17-92
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 24, 2007
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,491 in Jewelry (See Top 100 in Jewelry)
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    Product Specifications

    Jewelry Information
    Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Amazon Collection
    Material Pearl
    Gem Type Cubic zirconia
    Minimum total gem weight 1.1 carats
    Length 8 centimeters
    Back finding Post With Friction Back
    Total metal weight 13.5 Grams
    Number of stones 10
    Model number CE17-92
    Metal Information

    Sterling Silver
    Metal Sterling silver
    Metal stamp 925
    Metal Weight 13.5 Grams
    Pearl Information

    Freshwater Cultured Pearl
    Number of pearls 10
    Surface markings and blemishes Clean
    Shape Tear drop
    Uniformity Good
    Luster Medium luster
    Minimum color White
    Stringing Method Not strung
    Pearl type Freshwater cultured
    Stone Information

    Cubic Zirconia
    Stone Weight 1.1 carats
    Number of stones 10
    Stone shape Round shape
    Stone Creation Method Synthetic
    Stone Treatment Method Not treated
    Packaging Information
    Package Deluxe Medium Box

    Customer Reviews

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    I was a bit afraid of a super-large set of earrings after reading the previous reviews, and a little leery before trying them on, but they are just the right size and quite beautiful.

    When I showed them to a couple friends, one of the remarks was: "That is the most beautiful set of bridal earrings I've ever seen!"

    If you want vintage-inspired, elegant and dramatic earrings, these are definitely for you.
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    I LOVE these, I literally swooned when I saw them! They have a vintage feel and are perfect for my wedding. They are a bit large so not for the faint of heart!
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    These are beautiful earrings. Beautifully detailed and elegant. The only negative-they are a little large and bulky. They are slightly heavier than I would have liked them to be. But that is the nature of sterling and pearls. I still enjoy wearing them and I get a lot of compliments.
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    I wore these for my wedding in Jamaica and they were breathtaking. My mother and sister threw the biggest fit when I purchased these because they felt I should be wearing something more dainty. They ate their words at my wedding when first of all everyone complimented them. And they ate their words again when we got the pictures back because the earrings, while they seem big in person, come out beautifully in pictures. Love these and will keep them forever:)
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    These earrings are just gorgeous! I ordered them to wear with my wedding gown. They are stunning in every way but I do not have a long neck and, although beautiful, they just did not look right on me. They took up the majority of the distance between my earlobe and shoulder so they didn't hang properly to give them the justice they deserve. If you have a longer neck than I do, I would absolutely advise you not to pass these up! I subtracted a star because I felt the quality could be better for the price. The posts are pretty flimsy and were not straight when I received them. They were easily straightened out with no problems but I would expect a more rigid, heartier post and backing for earrings in this price range.
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    I bought these to give to a friend and was disappointed with not only the weight but the looks. They look like cheap costume jewelry. Wouldn't wear them myself and certainly wouldn't give them to a friend.
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    I was worried after reading the reviews that I would not like these. The bad reviews had it all wrong! I went to numerous jewelry stores looking for chandelier earrings for my wedding and couldn't find anything but cheap costume jewelry with gaudy fake rhinestones. I was so excited to find these. They look so much better then I imagined, and though not fine jewelry in gold, they matched perfectly with my white gold and pearl necklace. I am so happy with these and happy with the pearl color too. They are more white then off white which is exactly what I had hoped. I cannot wait to wear these at my wedding everyone that I have showed these too so far has raved of their beauty. Beautiful box too! Quite substantial yet a little small for the two side by side. Buy! You will not be disappointed!
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    These were a gift for my wife but got held back until Valentine's day - over shopped! So she hasn't given any input to this yet. They are very good looking with nice quality for the price. These are a very good buy with Amazon's "sale" prices. The metal working is surprisingly well executed and these are arguably better made than earrings that I paid 4-5 times as much. (they had small diamonds and a single natural pearl) I purchased these based on previous comments and so far I think they were spot on. They are very elegant with a nice vintage feel to them. It is hard for me to find jewelry for my wife that has a classic / timeless look but these fit the bill perfectly.
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