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Pearl and Opal Sterling Pierced Earrings
Item #50078
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These Pearl and Opal Sterling Pierced Earrings are an elegant study in contrasts. Pastel discs of Peruvian opal (in blues and greens) and lustrous freshwater pearls are accented with sterling silver Bali beads. 12mm pearl focus beads. Sterling silver spacers and findings. Assembled in the U.S.A. Natural variations will occur.
This gorgeous Pearl and Opal Jewelry recalls the thousands of precious and semiprecious stones (including a large number of opals) in our National Gem Collection at the National Museum of Natural History.
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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