Sterling Silver 10-10.5mm White Freshwater Cultured Button Pearl and 5mm Round Ruby Stud Earrings

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

Primary Stone Gem Type: Ruby
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Product Description

Add your unique birthstone to your classic freshwater pearl collection with the iconic Sterling Silver Freshwater Cultured White Button Pearl Stud Earrings. A friction-back post secures a 10-10.5mm white freshwater cultured pearl to each ear. The peals reveal good to very-good uniformity and a high-luster, emphasizing the classic round-shape sparkle of the birthstone that sits beneath.

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July Birthstone: Ruby

Known as "king of the gems" in ancient Sanskrit, the ruby has long been prized for its rarity and its passionate red hue. Those born in July wear rubies as symbols of beauty, love, happiness, and good fortune.

History of Birthstones

Chances are you can name your birthstone, but have you ever wondered how certain stones came to be associated with particular months? Most gem scholars trace the tradition to the Old Testament story of Aaron, whose breastplate was decorated with twelve precious stones, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Over time, these stones were linked with certain powers and tied to particular astrological signs, and later to calendar months.

There are many variations of birthstone lists, including Mystical birthstones, which originate from Tibet and date back over a thousand years, and Ayurvedic birthstones, associated with ancient Indian medicine and beliefs. Birthstones have also been tied to ancient Pagan religions, and even to the collective wisdom of the legendary lost city of Atlantis.

The modern birthstone list, perhaps the most universally known, was released by the American National Association of Jewelers and officially adopted in 1912. Whether you embrace birthstone lore, or look upon it with a skeptical eye, there is an undeniable appeal to collecting a beautiful gemstone that is reputed to hold special power, meaning, and good fortune just for you.

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: 3.9 x 3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • ASIN: B005MS87EQ
  • Item model number: 3800E
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 22, 2011
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,225 in Jewelry (See Top 100 in Jewelry)
    • Average Customer Review:
      4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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    Product Specifications

    Jewelry Information
    Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Amazon Collection
    Gem Type Ruby
    Minimum total gem weight 0.8 carats
    Setting 4 Prong setting
    Width 0.4 inches
    Length 0.6 inches
    Back finding Post with friction back
    Total metal weight 0.9 Grams
    Number of stones 2
    Model number 3800E
    Metal Information

    Sterling Silver
    Metal Sterling silver
    Metal stamp 925
    Metal Weight 0.9 Grams
    Pearl Information

    Freshwater Cultured Pearl
    Number of pearls 2
    Surface markings and blemishes Very lightly blemished
    Shape Button
    Uniformity Good to very good
    Luster High luster
    Minimum color White
    Stringing Method Not strung
    Pearl type Freshwater cultured
    Stone Information

    Ruby
    Stone Weight 0.8 carats
    Number of stones 2
    Stone shape Round shape
    Stone Creation Method Natural
    Stone Treatment Method Heat treated
    Packaging Information
    Package Deluxe Small Box

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    Customer Reviews

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    By Daniel L. Dunckel on October 6, 2012
    Primary Stone Gem Type: Blue sapphire Verified Purchase
    Got these for my lady, because she loves pearls (my birthstone) and sapphires (her birthstone). It was a great lil gift that she immediately loved and put her to tears (she's a lil emotional, hehe).

    As soon as she got a hold of them, I was anxious to see them on her cute little ears, and once they were on, I was so excited! THEY LOOK SO GOOD! I don't know what more to say! Every time she wears them, I notice and compliment her (I'm a dumb guy that doesn't always notice, so this is amazing).

    In conclusion, big win on these earrings; they look good and she loves 'em.
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    Primary Stone Gem Type: Emerald Verified Purchase
    This was a good buy, as I saw the identical earrings for sale elsewhere for $100+. The gift box they come in is not that great, so I recommend getting a different gift box for a couple of bucks. The pearls are nice, and the emeralds are natural emeralds, which I like much better than the glassy looking created emeralds.
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    Primary Stone Gem Type: Ruby Verified Purchase
    These are not the cutest earrings but they are still worth wearing when you need a good mock up set to change it up a little. The pearls have slight blemish in them and the ruby are dark, but overall a good purchase.
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    Primary Stone Gem Type: Ruby Verified Purchase
    You can't expect to be getting a perfect piece of jewelry when you purchase online for under $100 (I would be careful about purchasing expensive jewelry online). After buying jewelry online a couple times, I realize it's best to purchase in person. You just don't see the real design or size of the jewelry when purchased online. ALthough these earrings are nice, I was slightly disappointed. One of the rubies is slightly, yet noticeably, smaller than the other. Also, the silver is bent in the back to make the piece straight. Nevertheless, the earrings look nice and these complaints can't be noticed without a very careful inspection. I gave these as a simple gift and the receiver is happy. The pearls are large and the gem is nice (I supposed because the ruby is natural it does not sparkle, but it looks nice). I would recommend these for the price, but don't expect to be knocked off your feat with a perfect piece of jewelry.
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    Primary Stone Gem Type: Blue sapphire Verified Purchase
    I bought these earrings as a little treat to myself. I love them. They are so very pretty. I ordered the pearls with sapphire accents, and I could not be more happy with them. They are larger pearls...so they stand out a little more :)
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    Primary Stone Gem Type: Emerald Verified Purchase
    Bought these earrings for my girlfriend for Christmas. She accidentally found them, so she received them early. I was worried that she might not like them, but she couldn't have been happier. The pearls are nice quality and the emeralds are real and beautiful. Can't beat the price!
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    Primary Stone Gem Type: Blue sapphire Verified Purchase
    I bought it for my girlfriend, she loved it..it's her birth stone, all her friends compliment her every time she wears it
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