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White Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace with Sterling Silver Clasp (9-10 mm), 18"
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- Whether paired with a simple sweater or a glamorous gown, this pearl strand epitomizes classic feminine beauty.
- 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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Deliver the look of lustrous elegance with the gift of the White Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace with Sterling Silver Clasp. This 18-inch strand is composed of 9-10mm off-round freshwater cultured pearls. The pearls are harvested with good uniformity and a fair luster rating. Hang-strung for quality, this princess-length strand fastens with an elegant pearl and safety clasp.
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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.
- Package Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 0.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- ASIN: B002IFSUP2
- Item model number: 9-10XCPF
- Date first available at Amazon.com: September 8, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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- Average Customer Review:
|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Amazon Collection|
|Clasp||Other clasp type|
|Total metal weight||0.46 Grams|
|Metal Weight||0.46 Grams|
Freshwater Cultured Pearl
|Number of pearls||48|
|Surface markings and blemishes||Moderately blemished|
|Stringing Method||Individually knotted on silk cord|
|Pearl type||Freshwater cultured|
|Package||Deluxe Necklace Box|
Top Customer Reviews
UPDATE (Oct 31, 2011): Unfortunately, two days ago the string broke while I was putting the necklace on. I always took great care of my necklace and I'm so upset that this happened. I shouldn't have to have it restrung after less than 6 months of owning it.
UPDATE (Feb 26, 2012): I believe the version of the necklace that Amazon is now selling is of lower quality than the one I purchased back in May. After my necklace broke I called Amazon and they sent me a replacement that was of very, very poor quality, and akin to what many of the negative reviews are saying about this necklace. The pearls were scratched, blemished, and pitted. I'm aware that for a low price we're not getting Akoyas or anything like that, but these pearls are not even on par with standard Freshwater pearls that you'd find at a jewelry store. I am so disappointed with Amazon for selling these terrible quality pearls. I must acknowledge that there are positive reviews, so it seems that maybe the higher quality necklaces are still in their warehouses, so as long as this isn't a last minute gift, it might be okay to gamble with this necklace, but be wary.
Update: I had mine replaced because the first one was blemished and the replacement looked completely different. Color was more cream than white and length was 16.5 so be aware that there may be some variation in color and size length even though the clasp is the same.
1. As soon as I pulled the necklace out of the bag I could noticeably see the imperfections in the pearls at an arms distance. Almost every pearl had pits and what looked like mis-drilled holes. I'm no pearl expert but this looked terrible. Not one pearl was smooth all the way around.
2. The Sterling Silver Clasp is a piece of junk. I could not undo it to open the necklace and it broke on the first attempt.
Bottom line: Do not buy this product.
All be told, if you are looking for real pearls that look great and would normally retail in a brick and mortar store for around $100-$150 this item is for you. If you are a boyfriend sitting behind your computer thinking this pearl necklace will fool your girlfriend into thinking you spent a few hundred dollars on pearls, look elsewhere. These will not fool anyone and will most likely just get you in trouble with said girlfriend if you represent them as a really expensive gift.
I would however recommend that a longer string be purchased for an adult....The string was just over 17", including the outfolded clasp length. This is my first purchase, and may buy a longer string/strings next time.