Interchangeable Freshwater Cultured Dyed Color Pearl Earrings Set, Set of Seven
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- Create a new look for each day of the week with this jewelry set, which includes one pair of sterling silver click-top hoop earrings, which can be accented with any of the seven pairs of colorful freshwater cultured pearls.
- Set includes .925 sterling silver hoops and 14 freshwater cultured pearls, which can be added as an accent to the hoops.
- 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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Create a new look each day of the week when wearing the 7 Piece Interchangeable Freshwater Cultured Pearl Earring Set. Click top earring backs support each sterling silver hoop earring shape. The set comes with 14 different freshwater cultured pearl briolettes that can accent the hoop earring pair with a wide variety of colors. The featured button pearls are 6.5-7mm in size, revealing good uniformity and a medium luster.
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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: 5.4 x 3.9 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B004519S9E
- Item model number: LT2892
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 15, 2010
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Amazon Collection|
|Total metal weight||1.26 Grams|
|Number of stones||14|
|Metal stamp||No metal stamp|
|Metal Weight||0.31 Grams|
Earring Back Information
|Metal Weight||0.62 Grams|
|Part Of||Earring Back|
Jump ring Information
|Metal stamp||No metal stamp|
|Metal Weight||0.33 Grams|
|Part Of||Jump ring|
Freshwater Cultured Pearl
|Number of pearls||14|
|Surface markings and blemishes||Moderately blemished|
|Stringing Method||Unknotted on wire|
|Pearl type||Freshwater cultured|
Top customer reviews
I posted a photo next to a Quarter so you could see the size. They are one and a quarter inches long measuring from the top of the hoop that goes in your ear to the tip of the stem that holds the pearl. The pearls themselves are about a quarter inch long (not counting the sterling setting.) The hoop itself (with nothing on it) is about 9/16 of an inch long. You could wear them plain, but I never have yet. I HAVE though attached other little charms on them (like an emoticon necklace I got here.)
One nice thing about dangle-type earrings is that the move and swing around a little, so you see them more than studs. These are small enough though that they are still appropriate for anywhere (unlike some big or long dangle earrings.) They come displayed nicely in a box, and are really a nice gift. Even for yourself!
edit: 7/28/2013: Since customer images were eliminated, I posted my picture I had in video form. Hope it helps gauge size.
The cons are; the blue is more of a gray blue, so since I wear more of the true blues, navy, and aquas, these definitely will not match well. The red color is a weird red, luckily I don't wear much red, but if you do, these are hard to explain but more of a copper looking red. Would probably go well with multicolored clothes with splashes of red...maybe. Weird color to match to. The greens are a light pea green color and the other more of an olive green. Not an issue for me, I wear no greens.
Here is the part that made me want to give it 3 stars. When I put the first one on the clasp was nice and tight, I felt it click securely into place and it landed smoothly without a lot of effort, so I appreciate the ease of closing them. HOWEVER, the other loop did not really have the same click and felt as if the clasp wasn't very secure. I was in a hurry and gave it a couple tugs and it stayed latched, or so I thought. When I was in the car and halfway to my destination I felt for it and it had fallen off. I was so angry for not realizing the clasp wasn't quite right. When we got home I retraced all my steps and luckily found it, it had fallen off by my make-up stand and so I didn't completely lose it first time out. I took needle nose pliers and tightened the closure so now it feels like the other one did. My disappointment in these is they clearly don't have any quality control. If you buy this set (and I would again because I like them that much), just be sure to secure that closure latch if you do not feel it is tight. You should feel or hear small click. The fix is very simple, and I will keep an eye on them to be sure it does not loosen up. The price on these are very good for how nice they are, so I have no qualms for buying these for gifts, or myself, etc.....just watch for the latch loosening. If not for that I would have given them 5 stars.