White Freshwater Cultured Pearl Button Earrings (6.5-7mm)
- Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
- Item model number: CE8-235
- Classic stud earrings with sterling silver backings supporting lustrous button pearls
- The natural properties and process of pearl formation define the unique beauty of each pearl.
Button pearl stud earrings are the epitome of classic jewelry, as they caneasily transition from casual to formal wear. Supported by la-pousette postsand clutches, these stud earrings reveal white color and medium-luster fromall sides. The Amazon Curated CollectionDiscover the Amazon Curated Collectionof fine and fashion jewelry. The expansive selection of high-quality jewelryfeatured in the Amazon Curated Collection offers everyday values that rangefrom precious gemstone and diamond pieces to the latest fashion designs.Thishand-selected assortment features an array of diamond, gemstone, and preciousmetal designs that receive a quality inspection, including from Amazons staffgraduate gemologist, to ensure they meet Amazons high standards. All diamondsfeatured in the Amazon Curated Collection are certified by our suppliers to beconflict free, and IGI, GIA, or AGS certifications are provided on whitediamonds of .75 carats or larger on all stud earrings, rings, and pendantnecklaces.Pieces from the Amazon Curated Collection come packaged in a custombox, making them wonderful gifts. In addition, we offer free one-day shippingwithin the continental U.S. on items over $500. International shipping optionsfor friends and family overseas are available for an additional fee.The AmazonCurated Collection offers a specialized customer service team that isavailable seven days a week to answer any product questions before, during orafter the purchase. If youre not satisfied for any reason, you will receive afull refund and free return shipping within the U.S. if you return yourpurchase within 30 days.Find a special gift for a loved one or a beautifulpiece that complements your personal style with jewelry from the AmazonCurated Collection. Freshwater Cultured PearlsThese pearls are gathered fromfreshwater lake and river mollusks. Most Freshwater pearls come from China andthey can be mostly round to off-round, or rice-shaped to baroque. They looksimilar to Akoya pearls, but are the perfect gift when on a budget. They mightbe slightly less symmetrical, smaller, or not as easily matched, but theseminor differences provide a major value for the price.CultivationPearls areproduced naturally in the body of salt and freshwater mollusks, such asoysters and mussels. When these animals sense an irritant, such as a grain ofsand, they produce a soft coating of calcium carbonate substance around it.The result is a pearl. Because perfectly round, naturally produced pearls areso rare, a process known as cultivation was developed by Kokichi Mikimoto inthe early 1900s. A small bead of polished shell, the nucleus, is used as anirritant and delicately inserted into the mantle of a mollusk. It takesapproximately 20-24 months of intensive husbandry to cultivate a saltwaterpearl and somewhat less time to cultivate freshwater pearls. The harvestusually takes place during the months of June and September.ColorMollusksproduce pearls in a variety of colors, accommodating most personal preferencesand 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, orblack. An overtone of secondary color is sometimes seen. For instance, a pearlmay appear to be white, but upon closer inspection a rosy hue is detected. Thebody color would then be termed white-ros’,©. Color variation does not affectthe quality of the pearl, though it should be noted that color matching isimportant when choosing pearls for some necklaces, earrings, or bracelets. Infashion jewelry, pearls can sometimes be dyed to achieve the desired color,which should be mentioned in the product description orspecifications.LustreThe appealing, deep shine of a pearl is often whatdefines its beauty. This shine is produced by multiple layers of semi-opaquecalcium carbonate crystals, called nacre. The nacre reflects light on thesurface of the pearl, producing brilliance and sheen. Lustre is an integralfeature in determining the quality of a pearl. Large pearls have a thickernacre and, therefore, a higher lustre. When comparing a small Freshwater pearlto a large South Sea pearl, the difference is clearly visible to the untrainedeye and should be considered when purchasing pearls.ShapeWhile pearls come inmany different shapes, the rarest and highest-quality are round. Akoya,Tahitian, and South Sea oysters tend to produce the roundest pearls, whilethose of Freshwater mollusks can be oval to slightly off-round. Whenconsidering a pearl purchase, whether it be a necklace, bracelet, or earrings,look for consistency in the shapes of the pearls. Many of the less symmetricalshapes are used in stylish jewelry which can be quite beautiful: the droppearl’s shape lends well to earrings, and the baroque pearl features irregularshapes that work well as necklace accents. In addition, a half sphere pearlcalled a “mabe” is often used in earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.SizeAnoyster’s particular type and size has a direct effect on how large the pearlit produces will be, and pearls do come in a wide range of sizes. Round pearlsare measured according to their diameter, while baroque pearls are measured bytheir length and width. A pearl’s size does not necessarily affect itsquality, but it does affect its price. Large, round pearls are rare and theirlustre is usually high–this beautiful combination of traits is oftenreflected in the cost of such pearls.Average pearl sizes (in diameter):Akoya:6-8mmFreshwater: 5-6.5mmSouth Sea: 11-13mmTahitian: 11-12mmKeshi:4-10mmSurface MarkingsOften when an oyster creates a pearl, the nacre does notdevelop smoothly. The surface of a pearl is judged by how many marks arevisible in the nacre. These imperfections can be small and unnoticeable orquite large and distinct. Like diamonds, pearls are rarely flawless. However,high lustre or the way pearls are strung and set can help conceal surfacemarkings.CareProper care of pearls is not difficult if you remember that theyare organic and produced by a living thing. Pearls are soft and delicate, butwhen cared for with common sense, they will maintain their lustre forcenturies. The pearls should not come in contact with cosmetics, hairspray,perfume, chlorinated water, or other harsh chemicals. To keep them clean, letthem be the last item put on when dressing, and the first item taken off atthe end of an evening. The best way to maintain their lustre is to wear thepearls often, and wipe them down with a soft cloth afterward–pearls absorbthe oils from skin, which helps keep them moist. Pearls should be stored in acloth pouch or jewelry bag, separated from other jewelry to prevent nicks orchipping. Periodically, pearl strands should be restrung since the silk threadused to tie the pearls together breaks down over time.