Joie de Vivre jewelry
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A pearl of great price would be a relevant parable to people living in the Roman period when pearls were both rare and very popular. Appreciation of the pearl also extends to the Koran (descriptions of Paradise). It's easy to understand why: the texture is smooth to touch, the color deep and lustrous, the feel light yet substantial. Pearls are beautiful and against our skin, they are magical. Pearls are formed by mollusks, either saltwater oyster pearls or freshwater pearl mussels. Cultured pearls form around a foreign object - usually a piece of shell - introduced into the mantle that is gradually covered by layers of nacre. The shape of a pearl largely depends on the shape of the introduced object. Natural pearls are formed in the same way as cultured pearls (layers of nacre), though the process tends to take longer, making naturally formed pearls more expensive and in general less uniform than their cultured counterparts.

Common shapes for pearls include round, semi-round, potato (roundish), rice (elongated), baroque (irregular) and keshi. Keshi or petal pearls are lovely irregularly shaped cup-like pearls that technically are more akin to mother-of-pearl than pearl itself. They are a byproduct of seeding the mollusk that results in nacre forming around a portion of the inserted object rather than the entire object - a beautiful mistake, really.

Soft
Heritage
Pearl Necklace
Pinot Noir
From the Deeps
Tethy's Bounty
Nosegay
Meet the Sunrise
Neptune's Flowers
Daisy
Quartz No. 14 Gatsby
Tanzanite No. 6 Chaudhuri
Understatement
Water Lily
Ornament
Ygdrasil
Too Many Frogs
Second Cousin of Atlantis
Peter Cottontail
Victorian
Holiday Party
Oyster
My Reproductive Organs
My Reproductive Organs (small)
Gem Drops (GE2)
Gem Drops (GE3)
Milk & Honey
LGN
Radiance
Direction
Dormant
Shared Joy
Someone Special
Eclectic
Fish Out of Water
Monterey
Shore
Midnight Magnolia
Baby Love
High Plains
Parlor
Red White Blue #2
Jade Earrings
Rainy Day at the Kimbell
Casual Friday

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