Petite Sea Life Sand Dollar Earrings with
Fresh Water Pearls, Sterling Silver, and
Swarovski Crystals

Dimensions: 1 1/4 inches long

PRICE: $29.00

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 brilliance.
AB - Aurora Borealis is a coating that gives the crystal a
rainbow sparkle effect, it was inspired by the Northern Lights.

Made in the USA

Care Recommendations:
May be cleaned with a soft cloth
May we suggest a matching
bracelet, necklace, and earrings
Petite Sea Life Bracelet
Petite Sea Life Necklace
Petite Sea Life Turtle Earrings
Petite Sea Life Sea Horse