Beads > Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater Pearls

Unlike other gems, the pearl is born of water and living creatures. Pearls begin as a foreign body embedded within a mollusk's shell. The animal's defense against the foreign body is to form a protective layer of nacre around the intruder. The culturing process simply entails planting a "seed" within the mollusk, normally either a plastic bead or a small piece of shell, nature takes its course and another pearl is born. Our cultured freshwater pearls come in an ever growing variety of shapes, sizes and colors, so whatever your fashion preference you are sure to find the pearl to suit your needs. Ancient beliefs about the origin of the pearl include: moonlight filled dewdrops and Aphrodite's tears of joy. Although not technically a stone, pearl is one of June's birthstones. Currently, the International Commission of Colored Gemstones (CIBJO) recognizes only five organic (once living material) gemstones: Ammolite, amber, pearl, jet, and coral. Also be sure to check out our freshwater pearl mixtures and our flawlessly crafted glass pearls by Jablonex and crystal pearls by Swarovski.

Item Details:

Pearl Freshwater Rice Champagne 4-4.5mm 66 Piece Per Strand
Picture of 31FP652, Pearl Freshwater Rice Champagne 4-4.5mm 66 Piece Per Strand
31FP652

1 ST $7.95 ($7.95 per ST)

2 ST $12.55 ($6.28 per ST)

4 ST $20.10 ($5.03 per ST)

8 ST $38.60 ($4.83 per ST)

Quantity:

Shape: Rice Ovals
Size: 04-04.5mm
Color: Browns/Tans/Golds
Finish: Pearl
Material: Dyed Cultured Freshwater Pearl
Made in: China
Description: A Pearl's life begins as a foreign body embedded within a mollusk's shell. The animal's defense against the foreign body is to form a protective layer of nacre around the intruder. The culturing process simply entails planting a "seed" within the mollusk, normally either a plastic bead or a small piece of shell, nature takes its course and a new pearl is born.
Cultured freshwater pearls look amazing all on their own, and also pair fabulously with Swarovski or Preciosa Crystal beads. Standard strand length for pearls is 16 inches, unless otherwise stated. String them on silk beading cord and always either knot in-between each pearl or use bead bumpers to protect them from scratching. Freshwater pearls are known for their small holes, so use a pearl reamer if you require a larger hole size. Always remove pearls from original strand.
Pearls displaying a soft peach, cream, mauve or lavender tone are typically a natural color. White pearls are often bleached, and any other color is usually obtained through a dying process. Be certain to check for color fastness, and rinse before wearing.
Freshwater pearls are a natural material and variations in size, shade, and shape are to be expected.
Showroom Aisle: 4
Showroom Section: K
Catalog Page: NEW2012

Other customers also enjoyed:

Pearl Rice Pastel Blend 9-10x10-14mm
Picture of 12FP3525-R, Pearl Rice Pastel Blend 9-10x10-14mm
12FP3525-R

1 ST $6.95 ($6.95 per ST)

2 ST $11.35 ($5.67 per ST)

3 ST $14.25 ($4.75 per ST)

6 ST $27.20 ($4.53 per ST)

Quantity:

Not in catalog
In our Showroom Aisle 4 Section N
More Information.
Search relevance:*****
Pearl Freshwater Rice Cream/white 4-4.5mm 70 Piece Per Strand
Picture of 33FP614-A, Pearl Freshwater Rice Cream/white 4-4.5mm 70 Piece Per Strand
33FP614-A

1 ST $14.40 ($14.40 per ST)

2 ST $21.60 ($10.80 per ST)

4 ST $34.55 ($8.64 per ST)

6 ST $49.85 ($8.31 per ST)

Quantity:

Not in catalog
In our Showroom Aisle 1 Section N
More Information.
Search relevance:*****
Pearl Oval Light Peach 4-5x5-7mm Average 16 In
Picture of 31FP532, Pearl Oval Light Peach 4-5x5-7mm Average 16 In
31FP532

1 ST $1.49 ($1.49 per ST)

2 ST $2.00 ($1.00 per ST)

15 ST $11.35 ($0.76 per ST)

45 ST $31.60 ($0.70 per ST)

Quantity:

Currently out of stock
Not in catalog
In our Showroom Aisle 4 Section K
More Information.
Search relevance:*****
Pearl Freshwater Rice Cream/white 3.5-4mm 80 Piece Per Strand
Picture of 30FP614-A, Pearl Freshwater Rice Cream/white 3.5-4mm 80 Piece Per Strand
30FP614-A

1 ST $15.75 ($15.75 per ST)

2 ST $24.45 ($12.22 per ST)

3 ST $33.00 ($11.00 per ST)

6 ST $63.50 ($10.58 per ST)

Quantity:

Not in catalog
In our Showroom Aisle 1 Section N
More Information.
Search relevance:**
Pearl Oval Peach 5-6x7-8mm Average 16 Inch
Picture of 33FP533, Pearl Oval Peach 5-6x7-8mm Average 16 Inch
33FP533

1 ST $3.45 ($3.45 per ST)

2 ST $5.45 ($2.73 per ST)

4 ST $9.10 ($2.27 per ST)

10 ST $19.50 ($1.95 per ST)

Quantity:

Not in catalog
In our Showroom Aisle 4 Section K
More Information.
Search relevance:**
Pearl Freshwater Oval Peach 6x9mm 16 In Strand
Picture of 37FP632, Pearl Freshwater Oval Peach 6x9mm 16 In Strand
37FP632

1 ST $4.59 ($4.59 per ST)

2 ST $7.70 ($3.85 per ST)

4 ST $12.30 ($3.08 per ST)

12 ST $35.40 ($2.95 per ST)

Quantity:

In our catalog page 546
In our Showroom Aisle 4 Section L
More Information.
Search relevance:**
Pearl Rice Ridged Burgundy 10x10-14mm
Picture of 12FP347-R, Pearl Rice Ridged Burgundy 10x10-14mm
12FP347-R

1 ST $7.95 ($7.95 per ST)

2 ST $12.00 ($6.00 per ST)

3 ST $15.40 ($5.13 per ST)

6 ST $29.30 ($4.88 per ST)

Quantity:

Not in catalog
In our Showroom Aisle 4 Section K
More Information.
Search relevance:**
Pearl Freshwater Oval Peach 7x10mm 16in Strand
Picture of 38FP632, Pearl Freshwater Oval Peach 7x10mm 16in Strand
38FP632

1 ST $5.95 ($5.95 per ST)

2 ST $10.85 ($5.42 per ST)

3 ST $14.65 ($4.88 per ST)

4 ST $18.80 ($4.70 per ST)

Quantity:

In our catalog page 546
In our Showroom Aisle 4 Section L
More Information.
Search relevance:**

Video: Silk Macrame Bracelet

Learn to make a beaded bracelet in minutes Sherri Haab shows us a new spin on silk macrame jewelry. Click here to watch the video.

Visit Our Blog!

Loose Ends Blog

5 Minute Earrings

How to make a simple pair of earrings Follow these easy instructions to create thousands of incredible earring designs! Click here to watch the video.

Secure Shopping

Shipwreck Beads Inc, Beads, Lacey, WA