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Lily

Simply elegant

£48.00
Product Code E00004

Beautiful freshwater pearl nestling in a cup of gold vermeil.  Contemporary design, traditional quality, elegant style.

Further information:

Gold Vermeil

Gold Vermeil is the highest quality of gold plating.

The base metal used is always pure sterling silver and it is then coated with a heavy plating of 22k gold.  It is therefore more durable and higher quality than gold-plate (which is usually plated on steel or brass).  With reasonable care it will last for many years without tarnishing or the plating wearing away.  It is also ideal for those with sensitivities to base metals such as nickel or thinly plated gold.

Gold vermeil must be assayed and hall-marked in accordance with UK hall-marking law.

In short, it has all the lustre and opulence of solid gold without the weight or expense!

Care -   as with all jewellery, it should not be worn whilst bathing or swimming. Do not use abrasive cloths or machine polishers to clean articles  - simply use a soft, lint-free cloth.

 

 

Pearls

The oldest gem known to man, pearl is a symbol of purity, wisdom and beauty and is considered the most magical and feminine of all gemstones. They are formed when foreign matter such as sand makes its way into the shell of a marine or freshwater mollusc - usually oysters or clams. The mollusc's defence mechanism starts to coat the intruder with layers of lustrous, iridescent substance (nacre), and pearl building begins.

There are many types of pearls:

Natural pearls
Formed without human interference. Natural pearls have always been extremely rare. Only a tiny percentage of molluscs will produce a pearl during their lifetime, and most will be unsuitable for jewellery, due to poor size, colour or other flaws.

Cultured pearls
Produced by the same mollusc and in the same way as natural pearls but with the intervention of man to start the process by 'seeding' the oyster with, usually, a fragment of shell.

Freshwater pearls
Are produced by freshwater clams and mussels.

South Sea pearls
Cultured in the waters of the South Pacific, this large, warm-water loving oyster produces some of the largest pearls in the world.

Tahitian Pearls
Are from French Polynesia and are named after the tropical island of Tahiti. Grown in the large black-lipped saltwater oyster, Tahitian pearls are celebrated for their exceptional beauty.

Baroque pearls
Are pearls that have grown into irregular but often beautiful and surprising shapes and are much prized for earrings, rings and pendants.

Mabe pearls
Are pearls that grow against the inside shell causing the pearl to have a flat side rather than being spherical. Mabe pearls are most frequently produced within saltwater oysters within the regions of Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and French Polynesia and are particularly useful for making rings and earrings.

Quite interesting

  • Early Chinese myths told of pearls falling from the sky when dragons fought. Ancient legend says that pearls were thought to be the tears of the gods. The
  • Romans were particularly enamoured of pearls. Rome's pearl craze reached its peak during the 1st century BC when upper class Roman women wore their pearls to bed so they could be reminded of their wealth immediately upon awakening.
  • Pearls have always been a symbol of love and are traditionally given for a 3rd Wedding Anniversary or 30th Jubilee and are the birthstone for June.
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