Friday, February 11, 2005

Freshwater Pearl Bracelets: An Inexpensive Subtle Accessory

Freshwater pearls come in a large selection of shapes, colors, and sizes. If you are careful to choose top quality freshwater pearls, they will also have high luster and even a play of colors and shimmer, otherwise called iridescence.

The thing about freshwater pearls is that they are far less expensive than the cultured pearls first developed by Mikimoto, the Japanese Akoya pearl. With the exception of the Biwa pearl which comes from Lake Biwa in Japan, most freshwater pearls come from China. Freshwater pearls require a shorter incubation period in the mollusk, a factor which contributes to their less expensive price. A unique and secret method of dyeing pearls while inside the shell has brought about good quality colored pearls. Not to be confused with natural black Tahitian pearls from the black lipped oyster, pearls that are dyed while still in the shell have a long-lasting rich color which does not fade or change.

Take a look at this pinkish/white freshwater pearl bracelet. The pearls are a chunky 9.5 mm. With a simple 14K white gold filigree clasp, the emphasis here is on the large irregularly-shaped pearls, or baroque shape pearls.
Single row freshwater pearl bracelet
Single-row freshwater pearl bracelet

Each strand of this 3-row freshwater pearl bracelet is composed of delicate 2.5 mm pearls. Held by an exceptional 1940s vintage 14K engraved and embossed yellow gold clasp, topped with turquoise cabochons, the bracelet is a stunning one-of-a-kind
piece of jewelry.
3-row freshwater pearl bracelet
3-Row Freshwater Pearl Bracelet with Vintage 14K Clasp

This 6-row freshwater pearl bracelet has a combination of pearl shapes. Silvery nugget pearls, striated oval pearls, and large baroque pearls are composed with a vintage 14K white gold bar clasp to form a singular bracelet.
6-row freshwater Pearl Bracelet
6-Row Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

Freshwater pearl bracelets offer an inexpensive subtle accessory. Paired with an interesting or perhaps vintage clasp in 14K gold, these bracelets offer a high style off-beat look.