Freshwater Pearl and Abalone Earrings
Elise Peters

Freshwater Pearl and Abalone Earrings

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Stunning freshwater pearls dangle in between two pieces of teardrop abalone. Accented by tiny amethyst, garnet, and tourmaline beads. Metal components are 14k gold fill. Approx 2 inch drop.

  • Abalone (marine snail) shells have a low, open spiral structure, and are characterized by several open respiratory pores in a row near the shell's outer edge. The thick inner layer of the shell is composed of nacre (mother-of-pearl), which in many species is highly iridescent, giving rise to a range of strong, changeable colors, which make the shells attractive to humans as decorative objects, jewelry, and as a source of colorful mother-of-pearl.
  • Cultured freshwater pearls are pearls that are farmed and created using freshwater mussels. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission requires that farmed freshwater pearls be referred to as "freshwater cultured pearls" in commerce. Quality of cultured freshwater pearls is evaluated through a grading system of a series of A values, based on luster, shape, surface, colour and matching.
  • Tourmaline is a crystalline boron silicate mineral with elements such aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Tourmaline is classified as a semi-precious stone and the gemstone can be found in a wide variety of colors.
  • Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and owes its violet color to irradiation, impurities of iron and in some cases other transition metals, and the presence of other trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions. The hardness of the mineral is the same as quartz, thus making it suitable for use in jewelry.
  • Garnet species are found in many colours including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black and colourless, with reddish shades most common. All species of garnets possess similar physical properties and crystal forms, but differ in chemical composition. The garnets make up two solid solution. series: pyrope-almandine-spessartine (pyralspite) and uvarovite-grossular-andradite (ugrandite).

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