Freshwater Pearl Clip On Earrings

The incomparable lustre of pearls has moved poets and artists to compare them to feminine beauty for millennia. Once so rare that a matched set was beyond the means of all but royalty, a pearly revolution took place about a century ago when Japanese scientists learned how to culture pearls. Because every pearl oyster could now produce a crop of perfect pearls, these luminous gems became the darlings of the fashion world for years. New advances have brought about another sea change for pearls: freshwater pearl cultivation.

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Freshwater pearls have the same mellow lustre as marine pearls, but they're much easier to harvest, driving pearl costs down significantly once again. That means a pair of perfectly matched freshwater pearl clip on earrings that would once have graced only a princess or queen can now adorn your ears. You can change out your pearl earrings on a whim and revel in a luxury that would have been unheard of even in Queen Victoria's time. 

Unlike glass pearls, freshwater pearls spend months in a mollusk. They are genuine pearls; the only thing that differentiates them from naturally occurring pearls is what lies at their centres. The shape of the seed that goes into the creature's shell determines the shape of the finished pearl. While round pearls are still in vogue for classic designs such as freshwater pearl stud clip on earrings, other shapes combine the traditional beauty of pearls with new and unusual forms. Coins, cones, nuggets and drops are not only uncommonly beautiful, they're also flattering. 

Science didn't stop at producing perfect pearls. Researchers also devised permanent colouring for pearls that broadened nature's palette tremendously. A pair of pearl drop clip on earrings in white, cream or buff imparts a soft lustre to your look, but new hues of peacock blue, scarlet and coral creates a stunning contrast. 

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