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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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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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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.
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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.
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.
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: 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
- 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|
|Gem Type||Cubic zirconia|
|Minimum total gem weight||1.1 carats|
|Back finding||Post With Friction Back|
|Total metal weight||13.5 Grams|
|Number of stones||10|
|Metal Weight||13.5 Grams|
Freshwater Cultured Pearl
|Number of pearls||10|
|Surface markings and blemishes||Clean|
|Stringing Method||Not strung|
|Pearl type||Freshwater cultured|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I expected this pair of earrings to be much bigger and heavier.. i am working on returning them. I was expecting something longer and bigger. The quality is great, however.Published on March 5, 2013 by Affi
I bought these for my sister (she picked them out and is a real chandelier earring aficionado) and when they arrived she felt they were way too big and didn't want to wear them in... Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Holly B.
Fantastic earrings!!! I was concerned after reading the reviews that the earrings would be too large. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by Lady Esquire
I read all the reviews but listened to the good ones since I really loved the way these looked online. Word to wise - listen to the bad ones in this case. Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by The Cattleman's Wife
These earring are perfect with my vintage style wedding theme. They are rather heavy but they are large with real pearls, so what do you expect. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by OutdoorsGirl
Happy with the look and quality of earrings. But packaging was not the best as they arrived damaged. Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by Rose
I purchased these earrings as a gift for my girlfriend. It seemed like a good value (I was attracted by the "list price" as compared to the actual price I paid). Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by Kitz
These earings are HUGE! I don't think that even the measurement picture gives a true idea of how HUGE these are. Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by middleofnowhere