Sterling Silver Freshwater Cultured Pearl Button Stud Earrings (8-8.5mm)

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  • Classic stud earring with freshwater cultured pearls affixed to rhodium-plated sterling silver backings
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  • Slight imperfections define the unique beauty of each pearl and may vary in size, number, and depth per pearl.
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Product Description

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Discover the Amazon Curated Collection of fine and fashion jewelry. The expansive selection of high-quality jewelry featured in the Amazon Curated Collection offers everyday values that range from precious gemstone and diamond pieces to the latest fashion designs.

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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.

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: 3.8 x 3.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002DMKS64
  • Item model number: FWE8085AB
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 29, 2009
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    Product Specifications

    Jewelry Information
    Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Amazon Collection
    Material Pearl
    Height 0.3 inches
    Width 0.3 inches
    Length 0.6 inches
    Back finding Post with friction back
    Total metal weight 0.305 Grams
    Model number FWE8085AB
    Earring Information

    Rhodium Plated Silver
    Metal Rhodium plated silver
    Metal stamp 925 sterling
    Metal Weight 0.305 Grams
    Part Of Earring
    Chinese Freshwater Cultured Pearl
    Number of pearls 2
    Surface markings and blemishes Lightly blemished
    Shape Button
    Uniformity Good to very good
    Luster Medium luster
    Minimum color Black
    Stringing Method Not strung
    Pearl type Chinese freshwater cultured
    Part Of Earring
    Position Center
    Packaging Information
    Package Classic Medium Box

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    By Chelsea on June 25, 2013
    Color: White Verified Purchase
    I love these earrings. I give them a 4 rather than a 5 because one of the backs was very loose and fell off within 2 hours of putting them on, so I had to purchase a new back. Otherwise I love them. They are classic.

    Edit: they fell apart after approximately 1 week. The pearl separated from the post. Junk.
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    I purchased these at a very low price at a time when Amazon was also throwing in a free matching pendant & chain. So, for the twenty dollars I spent... it was a great deal. The color of the pearls is a nice ivory white and the sterling is unmarred. The pearls themselves do have flaws... more noticeable on the pendant than on these earrings, but still noticeable. The size is dainty but identicle with each earring; neither looks bigger/smaller than the other. Overall, a great purchase for the price.
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    Color: White Verified Purchase
    They are not even round or spherical. They are a smashed sphere. It was disappointed to receive oval "pearls" the least they could be is round.
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    Color: Pink Verified Purchase
    I love the soft color and beautiful luster of these pearl earrings. They're the perfect shade of soft pink and I'm really looking forward to wearing them as often as possible. You can't go wrong ordering these wonderful earrings -- the quality is outstanding and the price is fantastic.
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    Color: Black Verified Purchase
    These broke right after I bought them. The pearl came apart from the post. Other than that, they are cute earrings.
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    Color: White Verified Purchase
    I bought these to wear as a daily stud for work. I purchased the "white" colored set. The color was definitely white, I expected more of a pearl color, so maybe I just had the wrong expectation. Size, color variation between earrings was more than acceptable and as described. After wearing for three days, the back of one of the earrings came off and I lost the earring. Not much I can do with the single earring I have left.
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    By julia on March 17, 2013
    Color: White Verified Purchase
    these earrings are semicircular, not in perfect shape, but they still look very good. Have been wearing them almost everyday for a half month and everything is fine. would recommend to friends.

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    updated after months:

    the pearls fell apart from the bottom after 2 months. It is true that you get what you pay for, so I'm not really complaining. But I do with they are more durable. One star off.
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    Color: White Verified Purchase
    I bought these pearls for all of my bridesmaids for my wedding! Some of the girls have never taken them off! They are so cute and they are a good size (not too small and not as big as the whole ear). Great buy!
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