Crisp white Zig Zag pearls with a sterling silver extender
Dimensions 6 1/2 inch w 1 1/4 inch extender
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.
May we suggest matching earrings
|Pearls should not be exposed to water, cleansers,
excessive perspiration or prolonged sunlight. They
may be cleaned with a soft cloth.
Sterling silver will tarnish over time. To clean, use a
polishing cloth, commercial cleaner or sprinkle a fair
amount of dry baking powder on a soft cloth. Rub
carefully to avoid scratching stones or glass
components. When done, shake the powder off.
White Zig Zag Pearls and a sterling silver lobster claw