Sterling Silver Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace, Stretch Bracelet and Stud Earrings Set
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- Upgrade your jewelry collection with this classic necklace, bracelet, and earring set showcasing unmistakable sophistication and timeless appeal.
- Crafted in .925 sterling silver.
- 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.
- Length of Necklace: 18", Length of Earrings: .29"
- Width of Necklace: .25", Width of Earrings: .29"
Button-shaped freshwater cultured pearls string along an 18-inch necklace strand with matching bracelet and stud earrings, creating this elegant jewelry set. A wonderful gift.
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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.
- Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 3.4 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- ASIN: B008M44GHY
- Item model number: SWS365778
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 13, 2012
- Domestic Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Amazon Collection|
|Total metal weight||0.5 Grams|
|Metal Weight||0.5 Grams|
Freshwater Cultured Pearl
|Number of pearls||95|
|Surface markings and blemishes||Lightly blemished|
|Stringing Method||Double knotted|
|Pearl type||Freshwater cultured|
|Package||Oversized Medium box|
Top Customer Reviews
now keep in mind fresh water pearls are inconsistent in size, shape and color..some have a hint of pink..others a hint of ivory..but combined they make for a very polished string of pearls. The handband is elastic, but a very thick elastic..I may add some charms to it as it looks a bit plain but again..it gives the polished look... Overall im happy I bought this..would recommend the seller and the set for any girl who wants to treat herself to a beautiful string of pearls (with money left over for shoes!) :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love pearls and I love giving them as gifts. This set was a gift and the receiver loved them.Published on April 27, 2014 by Royce Kessel
I got this set for my niece for her 12th birthday. It looks like quality jewelry, and has decent weight to them. I wish the earrings were a little more than just a stud.Published on April 22, 2014 by Baig
This is lovely. A more warm shade in color than in the photo... a soft ivory. Slightly different sizes on the pearls makes it seem so much more natural. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Johnny
Very pretty set of pearls. Perfect for work. Every woman needs a set of nice pearls and these fit the ticket without breaking the bank.Published on March 5, 2014 by Melrho66
It's a really nice set. For how much it cost it looks like the real deal.its beautiful! Everything looks real.Published on March 2, 2014 by Amazon Customer
They were alright, but the thing I didn't like was the box they came inside of. It was plain and trashy looking.Published on February 27, 2014 by Angel Tostado
Bought them for my wife... what an embarrassment! Do not by this product if you care what the recipient thinks when they receive it.Published on February 17, 2014 by Smart one