This beautiful matching set is made of clustered real cultured 3-4mm pearls, set in pure 925 sterling silver. The necklace is made of Italian 16″ sterling silver box chain, stamped 925 and Italy on its clasp, with 18k white gold overlay to prevent tarnishing.
The earrings are fish-hook designed for pierced ears and are also made of pure sterling silver so even the most sensitive ears can wear them.
Pearl Size: 3mm-4mm
Pearl Shape: Round - Semi Round
Pearl Color: Black
Quality Standard: AA (see quality standards below)
Pearl Mounting: Sterling Silver w/18k White Gold Overlay
Chain: 16" Sterling Box Chain w/18k Gold Overlay
Inventory Number: P118
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 mollusk (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.
Our Pearl Quality Standards
|Grade A Pearls||Pearls that typically have irregular shapes or are semi-round. Small spots, markings or imperfections are visible on their surface, but may not be easy to see at a distance when worn. Although they usually don`t have the best luster, some A grade pearls can still look good.|
|Grade AA Pearls||AA graded pearls have 80% good luster and are relatively clean, without significant or noticeable imperfections. There may be some flaws or slight blemishes, but these are few and typically only revealed upon close inspection.|
|Grade AA+ Pearls||High luster pearls with a 90% clean surface. There are hardly any significant or noticeable imperfections, and they are inconspicuous even upon close inspection. These pearls are a great value since they represent an amazing cross section of price and quality compared to the higher grades.|
|Grade AAA Pearls||
Pearls with excellent luster, and have a surface that`s 95% free of any blemishes, spots or imperfection. These are the highest grade of pearls in the "A" Grading Standard that you`ll be able to readily buy.
|Gem Graded Pearls||
After the AAA grade, these will be the fancy names that each store has for its own best pearls. This category include the absolute best quality pearls. Although no pearl is absolutely perfect, these pearls are as close to perfection as can be reasonably expected.