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Shimmering Light


Freshwater Pearls with Sterling & Diamond Bead Accents on Silk Cord


Five hand knotted strands of coppery- pink freshwater pearls twist into a rope of shimmering light in this adjustable choker length necklace, terminated with gold washed sterling silver and diamond slice beads on silk cords. Pair with some petal pearl earrings and you're set to go to the wedding, a tea party, or out for champagne with the girls!


designer: atelier bento


necklace details:

  • necklace length:  18 inches, adjustable to 28 inches
  • pearls: Chinese freshwater stick pearls
  • construction:  hand knotted on silk
  • pearl treatments:  none
  • metal content:  sterling silver
  • bead source: India
  • marks: bento


earring details:

  • earring length: 2 inches
  • pearls: Chinese freshwater petal pearls
  • gold: 18K
  • beads: 18K with diamond pavé


$1890 (includes earrings)

Items: N 00010 with E 00003
availability: one-of-a-kind


CONTACT: 520-906-7187

about freshwater cultured pearls:


Freshwater cultured pearls have come a long way in recent years in terms of quality. The often almost metallic colors of pink, peach, lavender, gold, and silver, combined with distinctive shapes and improving lustre make these an attractive choice for design with pearls. Produced almost exclusively in China from the freshwater mussel Hyriopsis cuningii (also known as the triangle mussel for its shape) and Hyriopsis Schlegeli ('Biwa'), these mollusks are grown in freshwater ponds reminiscent of rice paddies, often on family farms.


The pearl is initiated from multiple grafts of mantle tissue inserted into the valves, allowing for the production of up to 32 pearls per mollusk. As a result, the sheer quantity of pearls produced is astounding. Shapes are referred to as potato, button, petal, corn flake, coin, baroque, stick; really, you can call them whatever shape they may remind you of!  Near-round shapes are becoming more available and recent efforts to produce bead nucleated pearls (similar to the salt water culturing process) have produced some interesting large shapes like 'fireballs' and the surprise ‘soufflé’ pearl.






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Close-up of Brazilian tourmaline cabochon beads with freshwater pearls necklace



CONTACT: 520-906-7187


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