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Crimson Freshwater Pearl Pierced Earrings
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Exquisite and alluring, rhinestone discs and focal beads elevate our handmade Crimson Freshwater Pearl Pierced Earrings from classic to glamorous. The perfect complement to the little black dress, this Lynn Olander design features sterling silver-plated pewter findings. Handmade in the U.S.A. Natural variations will occur.
Prized for their traditional look and gorgeous luster, pearls like those that grace our Crimson Freshwater Pearl Pierced Earrings are a timeless adornment. Among the many treasures curated by our National Museum of Natural History’s Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals are five stunning statement pearl jewelry pieces, which directly inspired the commission of these elegant pierced earrings.
The only gemstones made by living creatures, rare NATURAL PEARLS are produced by mollusks who layer calcium carbonate around a microscopic irritant. Most pearls used commercially today are FRESHWATER PEARLS, cultured or farmed by implanting a grafted piece of shell into freshwater pearl mussels. SHELL PEARLS, also known as simulated or replica pearls are made from mother-of-pearl. Pearl is the birthstone for June.

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