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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.

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Shape: Butterflies
Size: 30mm
Material: Abalone and Silver Plated Base Metal
Made in: China
Manufacturer # Species: Haliotis Iris
Description: Abalone is one of the ocean's most radiant gems. Each piece of abalone shell is totally unique, colors and patterns vary from piece to piece, and animal to animal. Abalone shell is dark and dull on the outer layer, but the inside nacre a miraculous display of color. The hypnotically undulating colors display an iridescence comparable to opal. The dark swirl patterns are the result of layers of protein, while the color swirls are the result of light refracted through layers of calcium.
Showroom Aisle: 4
Showroom Section: A
Catalog Page: NEW2011

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