Pearls, Bronze, Potato 4mm on 16-inch Strands


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    • Freshwater Pearls, irregular "potato" shape with one flat side
    • 4 mm beads on 16-inch strands
    • Most gems are stones, but a few, like Pearl, Amber, Jet, and Coral are classified as Organic gems because the come from plants or animals
    • Pearls are formed inside mollusks or other bivalves (similar to oysters), when it coats any foreign substance that gets inside its shell with a smooth layer of nacre to reduce the irritation.
    • Cultured pearls were created by the Chinese in the 12th or 13th century, and the Japanese developed it into an industry in the 1890s by inserting mother-of-pearl beads as the basis for their cultured Pearls
    • Pearls were greatly valued in ancient China and India. The were so special in ancient Rome, that only people of high rank were allowed to wear them.
    • Dryness and excess humidity are both detrimental to Pearls, which are also sensitive to abrasion, detergents, acids, heat, perspiration, cosmetics and hair spray. Do not steam clean Pearls.