This A-grade chocolate freshwater cultured drop pearl features an oval shape and is half-drilled, making it ideal for setting onto pearl pegs for pendants, drops or earrings. Highlight the deep brown color by setting it in a simple yellow-gold finding or combine it with complementary colors of gemstones and pearls in more elaborate necklace and bracelet designs. Use jeweler’s epoxy to secure the pearl on a pearl peg.
Freshwater cultured pearls are cultivated in fresh water from mussels, often the triangle shell mussel (Hyriopsis cumingii), that are specially selected for their prolific production of nacre. It is not unusual for a single mussel to produce multiple pearls simultaneously. According to one legend, the pearl was formed from the tears of the goddess of love. For many, pearls are a symbol of pure heart and mind, honesty and integrity.
A-grade pearls feature surfaces that show a few insignificant blemishes. Their luster is good, exhibiting some depth.