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Keshi Pearl and Rutilated Quartz Necklace, Chocolate Bronze Copper Pearls, Golden Rutilated Quartz Gemstones, Hand Knotted

A row of stunning keshi pearls floats in the center of rutilated quartz nuggets. The quartz gemstones have been cut into roughly faceted nuggets and polished for smoothness and shine; they have a fascinating depth and tone, and feature natural threads of golden inclusions The pearls are stunners, measuring approximately 8 x 12 mm (average), with a beautiful opalescent glow. The pearls and gems are hand knotted on copper colored silk cord, and finished with a 14k gold toggle clasp.

The total length of this one-of-a-kind statement necklace is approximately 20 inches.


The word keshi means "poppy seed" in Japanese, and these pearls are often also referred to as "poppy seed pearls." Keshi pearls are formed when a mollusk (salt or freshwater) rejects an implanted irritant or nucleus before the culturing process is complete, or the implanted mantle tissue fractures and forms separate pearl sacs without nuclei. These pearl sacs eventually produce pearls that are 100% nacre.

They are generally small in size and their shapes vary widely. Keshi come in a wide variety of colors, and tend to have high luster due to their solid nacre composition. Most keshi, in fact, have a greater luster than even the highest quality cultured pearls.

Keshi pearls are much more rare and expensive than in the past; Tahitian and South Sea pearl farms often x-ray oysters to determine whether or not the nucleus has been expelled. When a nucleus-free oyster is found they are then re-nucleated before a keshi has time to form. This practice has made keshi pearls much more of a rare find than they once were.


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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Keshi Pearl and Rutilated Quartz Necklace, Chocolate Bronze Copper Pearls, Golden Rutilated Quartz Gemstones, Hand Knotted


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: keshi pearls, keishi pearls, silk, 14k filled gold
  • Ships worldwide from Colorado, United States
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