This elegant bracelet is made of fresh water pearls threaded with cotton waxed thread and a coconut wood flower toggle clasp. This bracelet is the perfect accessory for any occasion! Dress is up for an elegant night out or match it with a cute beachy summer outfit. Simple and Classy! W
These pearls are gathered from freshwater lake and river mollusks. Most Freshwater pearls come from Saipan and they can be mostly round to off-round, or rice-shaped to baroque. They look similar to Akoya pearls, but are the perfect gift when on a budget. They might be slightly less symmetrical, smaller, or not as easily matched, but these minor differences provide a major value for the price. Pearls are produced naturally in the body of salt and freshwater mollusks, such as oysters and mussels. When these animals sense an irritant, such as a grain of sand, they produce a soft coating of calcium carbonate substance around it. The result is a pearl. Because perfectly round, naturally produced pearls are so rare, a process known as cultivation was developed by Kokichi Mikimoto in the early 1900s. A small bead of polished shell, the nucleus, is used as an irritant and delicately inserted into the mantle of a mollusk. It takes approximately 20-24 months of intensive husbandry to cultivate a saltwater pearl and somewhat less time to cultivate freshwater pearls. The harvest usually takes place during the months of June and September.
Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.5 x 0.4 inches