A beautiful pair of hand painted Maki-e cultured Tahitian pearls are topped with 14k yellow gold bails, designed to wear as earring charms (this listing does not include earrings). The drops are designed to be worn with huggie hoop earrings, or alternatively worn on a chain, cord, or ribbon. The pearls measure about 11.1 mm and have very very minor blemishing with wonderful peacock colors on the surface of the Tahitian. The Maki-e decoration features a two tone metallic paint with beautifully bright abalone inlay.
About Maki-e pearls: These are South Sea Tahitian cultured pearls with 24k gold paint overlay and/or abalone shell inlay. This style is called "Maki-e", a traditional Japanese decorating technique from the Edo period. Each pearl is decorated by hand using a combination of Urushi lacquer (from the Japanese Urushi tree), 24k gold powder and abalone shell.
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You must contact me within 14 calendar days of receipt/first delivery attempt/customs notification and ship it back to me (insured, signature required, 1-3 day delivery) within 21 calendar days.Returns without authorization will be charged a 30% restocking fee deducted from the refund subject to inspection for damage/wear.Seller's original shipping fees deducted from refund;return shipping cost is buyer's responsibility.Items must be in their original packaging, in unworn condition, and with original identification tag(s) attached. If the identification tag(s) have been removed,I can't accept the return.No returns/refunds on earrings, custom orders or items on sale. International buyers no forced returns for non payment of duty/vat/tax due.
Due to hygienic reasons, earrings cannot be returned and are considered to be an intimate item.
Absolutely! I love to share photos of my work. Whether you purchase your cultured Tahitian pearls from me, or from any other vendor, always ask for additional photos in natural indirect daylight, indoor lighting, etc. Tahitians can look much different under different lighting conditions. I do use a lightbox to photograph my offerings, however, I also try to include at least one natural lighting shot in each listing.
Lighting plays an important role when viewing cultured Tahitian pearls. It is best to examine your new piece under natural, indirect lighting (next to a covered window) on a white surface, like a paper towel or tissue. Direct sunlight will show luster, but indirect lighting will highlight the overtones.
Cultured Tahitian pearls require a bit of special care. Please store them in a soft cloth pouch, or in a velvet lined jewelry drawer. Do not store them with other items, especially hard stones like diamonds. Pearls can scratch. Remember that any pearl jewelry should be the very last item you put on before leaving your house. Apply all cosmetics, hair products, and skin care products prior to putting on your pearls. When you take them off, wipe them down with a soft terry cloth or micro fiber cloth (those glasses microfiber cloths are great!) The nacre on cultured Tahitian pearls is much thicker than other types of pearls, so they can be worn without worry.
Your new strand of cultured Tahitian pearls should be inspected periodically. If you wear them often (believe me, you will want to wear them!) have them restrung at least once a year. Look for signs of thread wear like frayed knots, loose knots, or broken thread.
When creating finished jewelry, many factors are considered in pricing. Each oyster can be implanted with only one nucleus at a time. It is incredibly labor intensive, and not always successful. Cultured Tahitian pearls receive no treatments, other than drilling. They are rare gems from the sea, cultivated by man.
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