14K Yellow Gold “Fresh Water Pearl Ruffle” bracelet. Stamped “585” to show that it is 14K gold. Total weight of 9.45 grams.
Did you know that the pearl is the only gemstone grown inside a living organism? This fact alone makes pearls extremely unique and valuable. A pearl is formed within an oyster or mollusk when a foreign substance invades the shell of the mollusk, entering the soft mantel tissue. In response to the irritation, the oyster secretes epithelial cells, which form into a “pearl sac”; this pearl sac then secretes a crystalline substance called nacre, the same substance which makes up the interior of the oyster’s shell, what we know as “Mother of Pearl.” The nacre continues to build up in layers around the irritant, ultimately forming a pearl.
A timeless treasure, when given in love with a pure heart, a pearl always symbolizes purity, fertility, and the cycles of life.
Gifting Tip: Pearl is the birthstone for June and the gem of the 3rd and 30th anniversaries. Pearls are often gifted to a bride on her wedding day as the color white conveys innocence and purity, which in turn is associated with weddings. As white gems, pearls remain popular gifts for brides and some believe pearls can keep newlywed brides from crying.
Gemstone Fact: While other gems form as minerals underground, pearls have organic origins. They form within various species of freshwater and saltwater mollusks. Simply put, pearls are gems but not stones.
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