A freshwater mollusk can produce up to 50 pearls but it is common practice to have them produce 24-32 pearls - that is still an awful lot of pearls! After the mollusks have tiny pieces of shell inserted, they, are then returned to their freshwater environment where they are tended for 2-6 years.
The resulting pearls are of solid nacre. Since they do not have a "bead" nucleus, the pearls are rarely perfectly round but are still lovely to use in jewelry!
More pearl earrings for the June birthday girl! The birthstone for June is Pearl - pearl earrings are especially nice combined with sterling silver. Want to know more about pearls? Go here to find some interesting facts about freshwater pearls!
The birthstone for June is the on so popular and elegant pearl! Pearls are likely to be one of your best friends in your jewelry box. These are unique earrings because they combine the warmth of copper with the warmth of freshwater pearls, a perfect pairing!
Here are a just a few interesting facts about freshwater pearls:
1. The pearl is the only jewel found in a living animal
2. Freshwater pearls account for about 95% of the total global pearl production
3. Freshwater pearls are formed in mussels living in lakes, creek beds and river bottoms
4. Freshwater pearls are produced commercially in China, Japan and the United States (in the Mississippi River Basin)
5. The earliest record of pearls used as precious objects are artifacts from Mesopotamia, dated 2300 B.C.
6. A single mussel is capable of producing up to 50 pearls at a time!
Hand-stamped sterling silver cross earrings with genuine freshwater pearls hand wrapped in thin sterling silver wire. These make a lovely Mother's Day gift or birthday gift for her. These drop cross earrings are sure to please - a gift for you? Great idea! You deserve !
Need a couple of quick tips to keep sterling silver from tarnishing? Here are 4 things you can do:
1. keep in an airtight bag - a Ziplock works great for this
2. don't store your jewelry in the bathroom (the moisture can cause tarnish)
3. store your jewelry in "tarnish" cloth, available at your local fabric shop (you might have to ask for it); you can just wrap the cloth around your jewelry - it's doesn't have to be in a bag
4. include a small desiccant pack with your jewelry - the little packs that come with a new pair of shoes or a new purse
That's it! Enjoy your sterling silver jewelry, tarnish-free!
Why is this handmade sterling silver necklace so popular? One word: because it's just plain FUN to wear, that's why! It's got lots of jingly, jangly parts (not that you can actually HEAR the parts jingling, but you get the idea) AND it will get you a nice bit of attention and compliments - WHY? Because this handmade necklace is just that different!
~scroll down to have a look at the matching dangle earrings~
By the way, I call these two pieces "waterfall" because that's exactly what they remind me of!
These are some of the most popular dangle earrings of all time for my shop. Everyone loves sterling silver, so that is part of the charm but I think the rest of the story is in the "flexibility" of these silver earrings - they move with you and are just so much fun to wear because of that!
These earrings would make a great gift for mom (a Mother's Day gift) - you can choose silver, silver and gold or silver and copper.
Scroll down to see these dangle earrings in a sweet combination of sterling silver and gold filled!
Honestly, there earrings seem to be everyone's favorite - whether for themselves or for a gift for mom or daughter.
There is a classic look to hand hammered sterling silver earrings; freshwater pearls have been popular in women's jewelry for a very long time.
The size is also important to the popularity of these silver earrings, I think. Measuring just a little over 1" in length, they are just right for any occasion, any hairstyle and any outfit. No thinking needed in the morning - just thrown them on & go!
Simple handmade hoop earrings! These are wonderful just because they are so classic and comfortable. They measure about 1.25" long, including the handmade sterling silver earwires.
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary designs and motifs.