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I normally don't work with shell pearls, but I couldn't resist these unique beauties! They're gigantic, measuring approximately 14 x 18 mm, with uniformly smooth and lustrous surfaces, and delightful shades of ivory, peach, and blush. I hand-knotted them on light brown silk cord, and finished the necklace with a gold plated spring-ring clasp.
Freshwater pearls in this shape, size, and uniformity typically cost many hundreds--if not thousands--of dollars. Get the same classic look for a fraction of the price!
The total length of this necklace is 18 inches.
Shell pearls are man-made beads created with organic materials. A mother-of-pearl or shell nucleus is repeatedly dipped into a solution of binders and crushed mother of pearl. They are polished and dipped, again and again, until they reach the size desired. In fact, the materials used to make shell pearls are the same materials from which cultured pearls are made.
Shell pearls can be a better choice for many buyers. First, they are vastly more affordable. The rarity of natural pearls not only makes them expensive, but also makes them extremely rare to find in the desired shape and size. Manual production of shell pearls enables the manufacturer to determine the shape, size, and color of the pearl, thus making the final result seem perfect.
Second, the quality and durability of shell pearls have improved dramatically in the last few decades. Shell pearls will always keep their shine and color, and will not be affected by sweat, perfume or detergents, although they should be carefully cared for just like natural pearls.
Finally, shell pearls can be created without the environmental impact of harvesting natural pearls, making them a more sustainable product.
CARING FOR PEARLS
Pearls are porous and need special care. They never should be tossed on top of or next to other gems in a jewelry box; store them in a soft jewelry pouch.
If a pearl necklace is regularly worn, some of the pearls will constantly be in close contact with skin, and may gradually absorb acid that will slowly damage the pearl. Over time, a pearl may not only lose its luster, but change in shape. You can slow this process by wiping the pearls with a soft cloth or chamois after wearing them, and keeping them away from perfume, hairspray, and acidic liquids such as vinegar or lemon juice. Dry air can also damage pearls.
Only use jewelry cleaners labeled as safe for pearls. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner, steam, detergents, toothbrushes or other abrasive materials to clean pearls. Avoid wearing pearls with rough fabrics, and have pearl necklaces restrung yearly if you wear them often.
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