Beautiful ALCJR registered trademark Argentium Sterling Silver Pendant with Pink Culture Pearl and 18" Heart Sterling Silver Chain.
Size: 36mm Pendant Diameter
Weight: 11.5 grams (Including Chain)
Material: .935 Argentium Sterling Silver, Copper and Cultured Pearl
Period: Contemporary (Custom-made)
Inventory Number: CM1020
Argentium Silver's unique formulation enhances the appearance of the silver, giving an incredible natural brightness and lustrous beauty. Argentium Silver alloys are always purer (.935) than that of traditional sterling silver (.925).
Cultured Pearls Versus Natural Pearls
A Natural Pearl is formed when an irritant enters the soft tissue of an oyster (mollusk). As a defense mechanism, the animal produces secretions to coat the irritant. Layers of coatings, referred to as nacre, produced from this secretion are deposited on the irritant making the irritant smooth, and thus forming a natural pearl.
A Cultured Pearl is formed in the same process as a natural pearl. The only difference is that the process begins by human intervention. An irritant is purposely inserted inside the oyster causing it to produce the layers of nacre that forms the cultured pearl. Natural pearls are a rarity and extremely costly! To make a single well-matched pearl strand, it may take many thousands of oysters (mollusk) to get a reasonable match in color, luster, nacre thickness, size and roundness. Almost all pearls found in the market today are cultured.