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14k Yellow Gold 8.5x9mm AAA Akoya Cultured Pearl Earrings


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  • Every woman needs a pair of pearl studs in her jewelry collection, and these Akoya cultured pearl earrings, with a 14k gold friction backing, are the perfect fit.
  • 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.
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Product Specifications

Jewelry Information
Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Amazon Curated Collection
Material Pearl
Width 0.38 inches
Length 0.38 inches
Back finding Post with friction back
Total metal weight 0.34 Grams
Model number CPE8590AAA
Metal Information

Yellow Gold
Metal Yellow gold
Metal stamp 14k
Metal Weight 0.34 Grams
Pearl Information

Akoya Cultured Pearl
Number of pearls 2
Surface markings and blemishes Clean
Shape Round
Uniformity Very good
Luster High luster
Minimum color White with pink overtone
Stringing Method Not strung
Pearl type Akoya cultured
Packaging Information
Package Deluxe Small Box

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14k Yellow Gold 8.5x9mm AAA Akoya Cultured Pearl Earrings + 14k Yellow Gold and White AA-Grade Akoya Cultured Pearl (8.5-9 mm) Pendant Necklace, 18" + 14k Yellow Gold 9-10mm White Round Cultured Freshwater AAA Quality High Luster Pearl Lever-back Earring
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Product Description

Every woman needs a classic pair of pearl stud earrings in her jewelry collection. This pair of friction-back post stud earrings supports a flawless Akoya cultured pearl. With exceptional uniformity, it is able to reveal a high-lustrous finish.

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Akoya Cultured Pearls

Akoya pearls are produced in several varieties of saltwater mollusks in Japan and China. They were the first to be cultured in the early 1920s and are the most popular pearls used in strands and earrings. They produce the most consistently round pearls with high lustre and very slight imperfections. Their colors range from cream and white to white-rosé. Initially, they look similar to round Freshwater pearls, but compared side-by-side, the difference in lustre and color is obvious.

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: B002DMKSDC
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 2.7 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Japan
  • Item model number: CPE8590AAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,742 in Jewelry (See Top 100 in Jewelry)
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    Great quality and my girlfriend loves them.
    Cswdodge
    Good but you will need different backs that are larger to help hold the larger pearl.
    Mary
    Unfortunately after only a few wearings one fell out and I did not notice it.
    maggiek

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    49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Juno on March 18, 2011
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    Pearl earrings arrived in a little pouch in a little box that has a label on the box that says Made in El Salvadore. There was nothing to indicate they were AAA Akoya cultured pearls or 14k gold posts. They look good but I wonder why no identifying papers or labels were included as to their authenticity, quality, or type.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cswdodge on March 16, 2012
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    I picked these up for my girlfriends birthday. I was concerned that because they were so cheap, they might be fake. I am Happy to report that I had them checked out, and they are real. Great quality and my girlfriend loves them.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ann M. Walsh on November 3, 2012
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    The presentation is very poor for gift giving. No info even stating they're 14K gold or Akoya Pearls. Humm... Since I'm giving these to my sister, I'm going to cut out the info from the packing slip for her. They are beautiful though, and think my sister will love them. I'd buy a pair for myself, but not sure I'd gift them again to someone due to lack of authenticity information. Seems so basic - what's the deal there?
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christina on September 20, 2012
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    Unfortunately, my experience with these earrings has been less than positive. I've had these earrings for a just slightly over two months and the posts have already fallen out. Furthermore, I don't believe these are 14k gold because my earring holes in my ears started to bleed, which only happens with anything less than 14k gold. I haven't gone far enough to have the actual pearls appraised, but I believe that when, or even if, I do they will not be near the value listed. Too bad!
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    14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Winstead on January 7, 2010
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    Excellent quaulity, better then expected. The luster was top notch, I only with the gift box was nicer, only comes in a small pouch and plastic baggie.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By no on December 27, 2011
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    These pearl earrings are good size with good luster. The settings and backs are adequate to the earring size. My only complaint is the packaging. The earrings were packaged with one earring post put through the earring back of the opposite earring. Also, one earring back had a sticker attached to it which is difficult to remove without destroying the earring back. Otherwise, lovely earrings.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason on December 16, 2011
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    I purchased these for a friend, and they weren't 100% perfect, I noticed a sort of scratch on one of them and a little dimple on the other. That said, they are very bright and the blemishes were not noticeable except from very close up. They looked great on my friend and she loved them compared to her older pearls.
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    12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Keener on January 30, 2010
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    These are beautiful!! The size of the pearls, the pink glow, all that makes this pair of earrings a great purchase. Love, Love Love....
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