Freshwater Round Pearl 10mm/1cm Stud Earrings 925 Silver - White
These Pearls Are Gathered from Freshwater Lake and River Mollusks. Most Freshwater Pearls Come from China and They Can Be Mostly Round to Off-round or Rice-shaped to Baroque. The Size of the Pearl is 1cm X 1cm. They Look Similar to Akoya Pearls but Are the Perfect Gift when on a Budget. They Might Be Slightly Less Symmetrical Smaller or Not As Easily Matched but These Minor Differences Provide a Major Value for the Price. Pearls Are Produced Naturally in the Body of Salt and Freshwater Mollusks Such As Oysters and Mussels. When These Animals Sense an Irritant Such As a Grain of Sand They Produce a Soft Coating of Calcium Carbonate Substance Around It. The Result is a Pearl. Because Perfectly Round Naturally Produced Pearls Are So Rare a Process Known As Cultivation Was Developed by Kokichi Mikimoto in the Early 1900s. A Small Bead of Polished Shell the Nucleus is Used As an Irritant and Delicately Inserted into the Mantle of a Mollusk. It Takes Approximately 20-24 Months of Intensive Husbandry to Cultivate a Saltwater Pearl and Somewhat Less Time to Cultivate Freshwater Pearls. The Harvest Usually Takes Place During the Months of June and September.