Coin Pearl Earrings with
Fresh Water Pearls,
Sterling Silver, and
Swarovski Crystals

Dimensions: 1 1/2 inches long

PRICE: $39.00

Product Story

Throughout history, the pearl, with its
warm inner glow and shimmering
iridescence, has been one of the
most highly prized and sought after
gems. In ancient Rome, pearls were
considered the ultimate symbol of
wealth and social standing. The
Greeks held the pearl in high esteem
for both its unrivaled beauty and its
association with love and marriage.

A natural pearl begins life as a
foreign object, such as a parasite or
piece of sand, that accidentally
becomes lodged in the oyster's soft
inner body where it cannot be
expelled. In an effort to ease this
irritant, the oyster's body takes
defensive action and begins to
secrete a smooth, hard crystalline
substance around the irritant in order
to protect itself. This substance is
called nacre. As long as the irritant
remains within its body, the oyster will
continue to secrete layer upon layer
of nacre around the irritant. After a
few years, the irritant will be totally
encased by the silky crystalline
coatings. The result is the lovely and
lustrous gem called a pearl.

Cultured pearls are formed by oysters
in an almost  identical fashion, except
that man surgically implants the
irritant - a small piece of polished
shell - in the oyster, rather than
leaving it to chance. The process
from then on is the same as with
natural pearls.

Swarovski (Austrian) Crystal is
considered by many people to be the
finest quality, full-lead crystal made
today.  It contains a minimum of
32%PbO, making the crystal optically
very pure.  The crystal is then faceted
with tremendous precision, creating
beautiful prisms.  Brilliant colors
and/or coatings are added to these
crystals to create pendants, stones,
and beads of dazzling beauty and
tremendous variety of shapes and
sizes.  Swarovski Crystal is
unmatched in quality and distinction
.Swarovski beads are made in a
factory in Wattens, Austria. Swarovski
crystal beads are created using a
formula perfected by Daniel
Swarovski and his three sons at the
turn of the 20th century. All Swarovski
crystal beads are fired using a
combination of quartz sand and
natural minerals, then cooled slowly
to avoid causing stress to the
crystals. The high percentage of lead
in all Swarovski crystal beads (32%
compared to competitors 24%) as well
as the secret manufacturing process
produces high quality Swarovski
crystal beads with a diamond like
AB - Aurora Borealis is a coating that
gives the crystal a rainbow sparkle
effect, it was inspired by the Northern

Made in the USA
Care Recommendations:

May be cleaned with a soft cloth
May we suggest a matching
bracelet and necklace
Coin Pearl Necklace