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Pearl and Lapis Necklace, White Ivory Keshi Pearls, Blue Gemstones, Hand Knotted

A row of stunning keshi pearls floats in the center of a blue lapis lazuli strand. The lapis gemstones have been cut into cushioned rectangles (approximately 10 x 14 mm) and polished for extra shine; they vary in natural color from deep cobalt to steely blue-gray, with brilliant gold veining. The pearls are stunners, measuring approximately 6 x 10 mm to 10 x 15 mm, with a beautiful opalescent glow. The pearls and gems are hand knotted on silk cord,\ and finished with a rustic sterling silver toggle clasp.

The total length of this one-of-a-kind statement necklace is approximately 22 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.


Deep blue in color, lapis lazuli is a combination of lazurite, calcite and pyrite. It is prized as a stone that activates the throat and third eye chakras. Lapis lazuli is believed to fortify mental reasoning and objectivity, and assist with the clearing of emotional baggage. It also can be used as a focusing tool for meditation and dream analysis. It is also believed to bring mental clarity, enhance psychic ability, relieve anxiety, and heal emotional wounds. It is thought by some to promote self-expression and reveal inner truth, providing qualities of honesty, compassion and morality to the personality. It stimulates objectivity, clarity and encourages creativity. Lapis Lazuli assists to confront and speak one’s truth and inspires confidence. It bonds relationships, aiding in expression of feelings and emotions.

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Pearl and Lapis Necklace, White Ivory Keshi Pearls, Blue Gemstones, Hand Knotted


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: keshi pearls, keishi pearls, silk, sterling silver, lapis, lapis lazuli, freshwater pearls, natural pearls, organic pearls, undyed pearls
  • Ships worldwide from Colorado, United States
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