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South Sea Pearl Necklace Princess Length Large Pearls

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This weighty, elegant 17" necklace features thirty lustrous cultured South Sea pearls that subtly graduate in size from 11mm near the 14K yellow gold ball clasp to nearly 15mm at the center. An impressive necklace, the shimmering silvery-white pearls have display pink, gold, and green overtones and feature a luxuriously thick layer of nacre, which creates the inner radiance known as "orient;" that mesmerizing play of light that seems to radiate from within the pearl. Not all pearls possess orient; thick nacre is required for this most desirable optical effect. The process of culturing pearls —whether in the South Seas, the chilly waters off the coast of Japan or in a lake— requires that the mollusk remain in the waters long enough to develop the layer of nacre, which is the "pearly" surface of the pearl. The longer a pearl is allowed to remain in the water, the thicker the nacre. But the longer a pearl stays in the water, the more opportunity there is for imperfections to occur: surface lines, blemishes, pits and irregularity of shape. Perfectly spherical cultured pearls of any size at all are a rare collaboration between a person and a mollusk. There's always some sort of trade-off when it comes to the cultured pearls. These South Sea pearls give you tremendous size and an abundance of nacre at the price of a blemish-free surface and a perfectly spherical form. These ocean pearls have pits, blemishes, lines and other surface irregularities and they are off-round. All of that is head stuff. Because in reality? None of these imperfections matter because these pearls have such presence. Such life. They glow silvery-white one moment, pastel pink the next. Lean in toward the candle at the dinner table and the pearls look coated with melted gold. Pearls and diamonds are similar in one respect: people can get snagged by the technicalities. As a gemologist, my eye had to be trained to see the color difference between a "D" color diamond and an "F." VS1 can look remarkably like SI1 but on paper, they seem miles apart. I frequently find that it is the older, less-than-perfect diamonds that display the most beauty and character. I feel the same way about pearls. I love the surface imperfections of these pearls because don't we all possess them? I don't require pearls to be perfectly round; I require them only to be perfectly beautiful. And by these standards, this strand of princess-length cultured South Sea pearls gloriously succeeds. I cannot tell you the age of the pearls; they were freshly strung when I purchased them. I see no microscopic evidence of prior wear.

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  • Place of Origin
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  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 2019
  • Weight
    145 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158919156262
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