TC22: Cultured Freshwater Baroque Pearl, Ruby, 14k Rose Gold
This cultured freshwater pearl was far from perfect when it arrived in my studio. But, the luster on this pearl was mesmerizing. The only issue was the rather large hole in the nacre on the tail of the flame ball. It was about 1.5mm and irregular in shape. I wanted to set the cultured pearl as a pendant, but without a bail, making it integrated into the chain (tin cup style). But that hole in the nacre was disturbing. The reverse side had no hole, but it wasn't as dramatic with nacre folds and orient. So, rather than discard the pearl, I took a lemon and made it into lemonade...pink lemonade. I smoothed out the rough edges of the hole on the nacre and created a more regular shape. I then set a small 2mm round ruby into the hole (which was transformed into a mounting for the stone). I then drilled the top part of the pearl so I could add it to the chain, creating a unique and one of a kind necklace. The metal components are solid 14k rose gold and the necklace measures about 18 inches long. The pearl is rather large (about 24mm from top to bottom, and about 14mm across). It has a rippled, irregular surface, however aside from the hole where the ruby has been mounted, there are only very minor blemishes. The clasp set has two small 3mm pink zircons for extra sparkle.
Please note, this necklace is somewhat delicate because the ruby has been mounted with jeweler's epoxy. Like any pearl jewelry, do not submerge in water or expose harsh chemicals (hairspray, polish remover, perfumes). To clean, just give a quick wipe with a microfiber cloth.
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Custom and/or personalized orders cannot be returned. No refunds/returns on sale items.
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.
I am absolutely available for trunk shows, in home shows, and other collaborations!
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