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Golden Pearl and Citrine Pierced Earrings
Item #50086
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Glittering freeform nuggets of yellow gemstone citrine play beautifully with lustrous white and gold freshwater pearls of unique keshi and classical Biwa shapes. Assembled in the U.S.A. Natural variations will occur with these Golden Pearl and Citrine Pierced Earrings.
These stylish Golden Pearl & Citrine Pierced Earrings are beaded with pearls and citrine quartz—both well represented in the Smithsonian’s National Gem and Mineral Collection, which is housed at our National Museum of Natural History. One of the greatest collections of its kind, the National Gem and Mineral Collection includes over 375,000 individual specimens and such treasured pieces as the Hope Diamond, the Dunn Pearls, and the Jolie Citrine Necklace highlighted by an extraordinary 177 carat pear-shaped citrine drop.
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.

A gem variety of crystalline quartz, citrine ranges in color from golden yellow to orange. Closely related to amethyst, sometimes the two minerals are found growing together in the same crystal. An alternate birthstone for those born in November, some wearers believe that citrine can help improve personal clarity and eliminate self-destructive tendencies.

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