Akoya Pearl Necklace with Diamond Clasp Midcentury For Sale
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Akoya Pearl Necklace with Diamond Clasp Midcentury

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Forty-three (43) cultured saltwater Akoya pearls measuring between 8mm - 8.5mm comprise this 16.5" (including clasp) necklace of sublime beauty. These 1950s-era pearls have luxuriously thick nacre —along with the surface imperfections that do arise when a pearl is left in the water longer. But these blemishes are rendered entirely beside the point because these bright, lustrous white pearls display the phenomenon known as orient. This spectral display of colors is only seen on high-quality pearls with thick nacre. Luster and orient are two different things. Luster is the shine; orient is the play of colors that seems to come from within the pearl. These white pearls also display a third highly-desirable quality: overtone. And that overtone is pink. 8mm is the dividing line for cultured saltwater pearls. 8mm and larger cultured pearls are rarer and more valuable than smaller pearls because the size is more difficult to achieve. Even though cultured pearls are the result of human intervention, they are not man-made. Cultured pearls are still the product of natural activity within the mollusk and because these oysters are growing in the seas off the coast of Japan, they are still vulnerable to natural forces that can damage or even destroy a pearl. Surface pitting, minor abrasions and other imperfections are the price we quite willingly pay for these larger, rarer and more luxurious pearls. Speaking of luxury: the 14K white gold clasp is designed as a floral spray with six pearls forming a triangle and numerous small, full-cut diamonds that are well-matched, white and eye-clean adding glamorous sparkle. The diamonds total approximately 1 carat. This is just a perfect bridal necklace. Or it's the strand of pearls you break out when you want to impress. An absolute classic.

Details

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  • Place of Origin
    Unknown
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950s
  • Period
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    D 16.5 in.D 419.1 mm
  • Length
    16.5 in. (419.1 mm)
  • Weight
    42.87 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158918869991
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About the Seller

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Typical response time: 1 hour
Located in Southbury, CT
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