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Indulgent Saltwater Natural Pearl Necklace

Item 10705

Study many a female portrait dating from the 15th through the 18th century and what do you find. The woman is wearing pearls. For millennia, natural saltwater pearls from far flung continents have been prized. Almost a forgotten custom, a strand of natural pearls is something thought of as relegated to a museum or as a photograph in a book. Until now. Luxury unprecedented in today's quick paced, manufactured world.

A magnificent and scarce natural saltwater pearl necklace consists of subtly graduated beads from 2.75 mm to just less than 4 mm in diameter. Two hundred and thirty-one (231) pearls are drilled and individually hand knotted and strung to an opera length necklace of 54-1/4 inches (137.7 cm). The clasp is 18k navette shaped white gold set with a center old cushion cut brilliant diamond of approximately .18 -.20 carats and six (6) accent diamond--a mix of two (2) rose cuts and four (4) old mine cuts.

Accompanied by gemological lab certificate (see "More Details").

Very good to excellent luster with gorgeous sheen, almost all the pearls are round with a few just a breath off round. Of course, natural pearls are never as perfectly round as a cultured pearl (which starts with a large round bead in its center). Expertly matched in graduation, size, shape and color, each is creamy white and radiant. Opera length of 54 1/4 inches, when worn the strand when can be wrapped two or three times, knotted or left long and sexy.

Dates to circa 1910, just prior to the advent and widespread marketing of the cultured pearl. Recently restrung and knotted between each pearl for security.

Comes with a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certificate provided dated 2007 stating that all 231 pearls are natural in origin.