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Gone are the days when I would go traveling... So begins the Raymond Hannisian lullaby "Song of the Sea" of a sailor recalling bygone days on the ocean and now finding "shore" is a place of arrival but not home. It's a beautiful song though a bit sad; thankfully, there's no need for melancholy with this glowing necklace of materials from the shore: keshi pearls. Keshi pearls and petal pearls describe a similar kind of pearl formed from shell nacre without a nucleus; however, keshi pearls are generally from saltwater oysters and petal pearls from freshwater mussels. They tend to be larger and more well defined than their freshwater counterparts, and for these reasons they cost more. Kamagong is a fast-growing tropical hardwood in the ebony family found in the Phillipines; it is listed as a vulnerable species due to loss of habitat and export of items is controlled by the government. The pearls and wood are strung with knotted silk thread for outstanding drape; there is no stringing material that compares with the fluidity of silk. Cost: $197.00 USD
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