Please Note: This listing is for one pearl only. On the GIA report it is indicated as pearl number 4.
All Natural Saltwater Pearl GIA. 2.48ct, 6.88mm. GIA certified all natural saltwater pearl. NOT cultured. This pearl was FOUND by people, NOT grown by people ! Post-consumer.
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2 All natural saltwater pearls. Natural color, natural origin, NOT cultured.
Gemological Institute of America ( GIA ) report
6.88 x 6.80mm
A rare ALL natural saltwater pearl with beautiful luster and light pink overtone. It comes with a GIA report ( Gemological Institute of America ) stating that it is an all natural saltwater pearl. The weight is 2.48. It has a " button " shape and measures approximately 6.88 mm x 6.80 mm. This pearl is all natural, a NON - cultured pearl from a saltwater mollusk ( oyster ), pinctada species. The pearl has been partially drilled on the bottom for setting in jewelry. This is an antique pearl removed from an Edwardian period jewelry item. A small bit of the original metal peg that held it in place is still in the drill hole. Please view the GIA report for further details. The GIA report is for several pearls. This pearl is indicated on the GIA report as pearl number 4. This a genuinely rare and beautiful pearl. The color and overall appearance will vary with lighting and viewing conditions. See below for more information about natural saltwater pearls*. SKU i496.
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*Natural Pearl information:
Natural pearls form randomly in nature, without the aid of human intervention, and are rare. Cultured pearls are the result of direct human intervention, most commonly involving the implantation of a bead.
From Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl :
"...Natural (or wild) pearls, formed without human intervention, are very rare. Many hundreds of pearl oysters or mussels must be gathered and opened, and thus killed, to find even one wild pearl; for many centuries, this was the only way pearls were obtained, and why pearls fetched such extraordinary prices in the past. Cultured pearls are formed in pearl farms, using human intervention as well as natural processes.
Pearls are formed inside the shell of certain mollusks as a defense mechanism against a potentially threatening irritant such as a parasite inside the shell, or an attack from outside that injures the mantle tissue. The mollusk creates a pearl sac to seal off the irritation. Pearls are thus the result of an immune response analogous in the human body to the capture of an antigen by a phagocyte (phagocytosis).
The mollusk's mantle (protective membrane) deposits layers of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the form of the mineral aragonite or a mixture of aragonite and calcite (polymorphs with the same chemical formula, but different crystal structures) held together by an organic horn-like compound called conchiolin. The combination of aragonite and conchiolin is called nacre, which makes up mother-of-pearl. The commonly held belief that a grain of sand acts as the irritant is in fact rarely the case. Typical stimuli include organic material, parasites, or even damage that displaces mantle tissue to another part of the mollusk's body. These small particles or organisms gain entry when the shell valves are open for feeding or respiration. In cultured pearls, the irritant is typically an introduced piece of the mantle epithelium, with or without a spherical bead (beaded or beadless cultured pearls).
Cultured pearls are the response of the shell to a tissue implant. A tiny piece of mantle tissue (called a graft) from a donor shell is transplanted into a recipient shell, causing a pearl sac to form into which the tissue precipitates calcium carbonate. .... Most saltwater cultured pearls are grown with beads. ..."
GIA. 2.48ct all natural saltwater pearl. 6.88mm. Partially drilled on bottom.
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