Featured in this listing is a single strand of genuine Mother of Pearl beads. The necklace is strung with genuine 10mm White mother of pearl beads with one 12mm shell pearl strung in the center of the strand. The necklace is 20" in length with a sturdy spring clasp. Matching 10mm dangle shell pearl earrings with a sterling silver fish hook for pierced ears are included; I can substitute 10mm white shell pearls studs if you prefer. Shell pearls (also known as Mother of Pearl) are fairly new in fashion so I have included a description of how they are made below; in general, they are made from crushed oyster shell, they are not cultured pearls. These strands sell for over $100 at top retailers (not including the earrings), I can send you a link to them if you want. I can get a matching bracelet if interested.
Shell pearl process: The oyster shell is crushed into a powder, a dye is added, and then the mixture is held over a flame until it starts to thin to almost a liquid form; then the mixture is molded into a perfect round ball to dry and then polished. Huge benefits are achieved by this long process; the end result is a shell pearl with the weight, luster, and quality of a cultured south sea pearl, but more durable and at a fraction of the cost of cultured south sea pearls. The shell pearls are unaffected by sweat, perfumes, and detergent.
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