5" White Cultured Freshwater Pearl and Silver Bead Bracelet with Cross

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Thousands of jewelers nationwide turn to MMA International for wholesale sterling silver and fashion jewelry. Choose from more than 3,000 unique designs from designers and craftsmen from over 13 countries.

All deep meaning aside, sterling silver jewelry is a very beautiful and elegant style of accessory and is an essential part of any fashionable jewelry collection.

How to Clean Your Sterling Silver

 

At Frills And Fantasy Boutique we feel you have invested in your favorite sterling silver pieces, now we want you to know how to clean it so you can keep your sterling silver jewelry collection looking as beautiful as the day you bought it. Sterling silver, like other precious metal alloys, can oxidise with time. But properly maintained silver jewellery improves with age and develops a lush patina. Treat your silver well, care for it properly and it will reward you with a long life and a lustrous look.

  • Clean your silver jewellery with a mild soap and water solution, allowing the water to bead up, and then patting dry with a soft cloth. For more stubborn dirt, use a cleaner designed for silver use.
  • Store your silver in a cool, dry place, preferably in a tarnish-preventive bag or wrapped in a soft piece of felt or cloth.
  • Store pieces individually so that they don’t knock together and scratch.
  • Do not rub silver with anything other than a polishing cloth. Tissue paper or paper towels can cause scratches because of the fibres in these products.
  • Make sure your silver is not exposed to air and light during storage – this can cause silver to tarnish.
  • Don’t wear sterling silver in chlorinated water or when working with household chemicals.

To remove any tarnish the simple use of a special Silver Dip or rubbing with a Silver Cloth is all that is required to renew the brilliance and shine.

About Pearls

 

For centuries, pearls have been a symbol of beauty and purity. Today, they are regarded as both classic and contemporary, coming in many more fashionable styles than your grandmother’s traditional strand of pearls.

Learning about types of pearls is important when adding items to your jewelry collection.

 

Pearl Education

 

Pearls, natural or cultured, are formed when a mollusk produces layers of nacre (pronounced NAY-kur) around some type of irritant inside its shell. In natural pearls, the irritant may be another organism from the water. In cultured pearls, a mother-of-pearl bead or a piece of tissue is inserted (by man) into the mollusk to start the process.

For both, the quality of the nacre dictates the quality of the luster, or shine of the pearl, which is very important to its beauty and its value. The surface of the pearl should be smooth and free of marks while the overall shape could be round, oval, pear-shaped, or even misshapen. Misshapen pearls are called baroque pearls.

While shopping for pearls, there are various lengths available:

  • collar fits directly against the throat
  • choker rests at the base of the neck
  • The princess length reaches near the collarbone
  • matinee length is usually 20-24 inches
  • The Opera length is 30-36 inches
  • The longest length, known as a rope, refers to all strands longer than 36 inches

 

Necklaces can also be classified as uniform (where all pearls are about the same size) or graduated (pearls change uniformly from ends to center).

 

 

Natural Pearls

 

 

Natural pearls are extremely rare. Historically, many were found in the Persian Gulf; unfortunately, today, most have already been harvested. You may be able to purchase small, natural pearls, but they will be costly.

 

Cultured Pearls

 

 

Cultured pearls are grown in pearl farms. The mollusks are raised until they are old enough to accept the mother-of-pearl bead nucleus. Through a delicate surgical procedure, the technician implants the bead and then the mollusks are returned to the water and cared for while the pearl forms.

Not all produce a pearl; and not all the pearls are high quality. Over 10,000 pearls may be sorted before a 16” single strand of beautifully matched pearls is assembled.

Pearls can be found in saltwater and in freshwater. There are also different types of mollusks that produce very different looking pearls.

 

Saltwater Pearls

 

 

Saltwater pearls include the akoya cultured pearls grown in Japanese and Chinese waters. They range in size from 2mm (tiny) to 10mm (rare) and are usually white or cream in color and round in shape.

Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines produce the South Sea pearl – the largest of all the pearls. They range in size from 9mm to 20mm and can be naturally white, cream, or golden in color.

Tahitian pearls are interestingly not exclusively from Tahiti – they’re grown in several of the islands of French Polynesia, including Tahiti. Their typical sizes range from 8mm to 16mm. These naturally colored pearls are collectively called black pearls, but their colors include gray, blue, green, and purple.

 

Freshwater Pearls

 

 

These pearls are grown in freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds, predominately in China. Although many are white and resemble the akoya cultured pearls in shape and size, they can also be produced in various shapes and in an array of pastel colors.

Many freshwater pearls don’t have a bead nucleus — only a piece of tissue — resulting in a pearl with thicker nacre than the akoya.

 

Imitation pearls

 

 

Imitation pearls are usually a coated glass bead. Most have a high luster, but not the depth of luster seen on high quality cultured pearls.

It's possible to separate an imitation from a cultured or natural pearl. It can be a challenge, though, to determine if the pearl is cultured or natural. And, many pearls undergo treatments to either enhance their luster or alter their color.

Since this treatment affects their value, you will want to obtain the educated advice of a top jeweler, such as the certified gemologists of the American Gem Society.

Learn more about precious metals or diamonds.

Natural pearls are extremely rare. Historically, many were found in the Persian Gulf; unfortunately, today, most have already been harvested. You may be able to purchase small, natural pearls, but they will be costly.

5" White Cultured Freshwater Pearl and Silver Bead Bracelet with Cross

Frills and Fantasy Boutique is Pleased to Have  5" White Cultured Freshwater Pearl and Silver Bead Bracelet with Cross in stock !

This classy 5’” White Cultured Fresh water Pearl and Sterling Silver Beaded Bracelet, is stunning on any wrist! and is the perfect accessory for that formal night out!

Product Features:

 

 

  • Brand: MMA
  • Product Code: 32464
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $36.75

Tags: 5" White Cultured Freshwater Pearl and Silver Bead Bracelet with Cross, Cultured Pearls, Cross, Sterling Silver Bracelets