|Garnet and Fresh Water Pearl
Necklace with Sterling Silver
Dimensions: 17 inches long with a 2 inch extender
The warm red of the garnet illuminated Noah's Ark.
Garnets have been known to Man for thousands of
years. Noah, it is said, used a garnet lantern to
help him steer his ark through the dark night.
Garnets are also found in jewelry from early
Egyptian, Greek and Roman times. Many an early
explorer and traveller liked to carry a garnet with
him, for the garnet was popular as a talisman and
protective stone, as it was believed to light up the
night and protect its bearer from evil and disaster.
Today, science has taught us that the garnet's
proverbial luminosity comes from a reflective index.
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.
Made in the USA
May be cleaned with a soft cloth
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