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  • 14Kt gold earrings set with South Sea and Keshi pearls.

South Sea & Keshi Pearl Earrings

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South Sea & Keshi Pearl Earrings

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Elegant earrings set with 10mm South Seas pearls and 5-6mm Keshi pearls in 14K white gold.

What are Keshi pearls?
Keshi pearls are formed when the oyster rejects and spits out the implanted nucleus before the culturing process is complete, or the implanted mantle tissue fractures and forms separate pearl sacs without nuclei. These pearl sacs eventually produce pearls without a nucleus. Keshi may form in either saltwater or freshwater pearls. They are generally small in size and, because there was no nucleus to guide the ultimate shaping of the pearl, their shapes vary widely. Keshi come in a wide variety of colors, and tend to have high luster and even rare orient. This is due to their solid-nacre composition. Because the oyster has expelled the implanted nucleus of the pearl, the resulting keshi pearl is 100% nacre. This gives it an especially lustrous and shimmering surface quality. Most keshi, in fact, have a greater luster than even the highest quality cultured pearls.

Keshi pearls, especially Tahitian and South Sea keshis, were once quite the bargain, yet beautiful and unique pieces. Today, Keshi pearls are much more rare. This is because Tahitian and South Sea pearl farms are now x-raying oysters to determine whether or not the nucleus has been expelled. When a nucleus-free oyster is found they are then re-nucleated before a keshi has time to form. This practice has made keshi pearls much more of a rare find than they once used to be. The word keshi means "poppy seed" in Japanese, and these pearls are often also referred to as "poppy seed pearls."

More about South Sea pearls:
South Sea pearls are among the largest commercially harvested cultured pearls in the world. The average size of a South Sea pearl is 13 mm, with most harvests producing a range of sizes from 9 mm to 20 mm. The South Seas lie between the northern coast of Australia and the southern coast of China. These waters are the native habitat of a large oyster known as Pinctada maxima. This oyster grows up to 12 inches in diameter, and can be nucleated with a much larger bead than other saltwater oysters such as the akoya.

There are two varieties of Pinctada maxima, the silver-lipped and the gold-lipped. The two are distinguished by their distinct coloration of the outer edge of the interior. This type of shell is also known as mother-of-pearl, and is responsible for the coloration of the cultured pearls produced, therefore the name. Unlike the akoya oyster, the South Sea oyster will only accept one nucleation at a time. The oyster is nucleated when it is only about half developed, from 4.7 inches to 6.7 inches in size, or about 24 months old. Although the South Sea oyster will only handle one nucleus at a time, this oyster (like the Tahitian pearl producing Pinctada margaritifera) can be nucleated up to three times over the course of many years.

There are four reasons South Sea pearls can grow to such large sizes, dwarfing many of their other saltwater pearl counterparts. These reasons are: the large size of the Pinctada maxima, the size of the implanted bead, the length of time the pearl is left to grow in the oyster, and the oyster’s environment. Due to the size of the oyster, it is able to accept a large bead. The gonad of the Pinctada maxima is several times larger than that of the akoya. Because of this larger gonad, the South Sea oyster deposits nacre around the nucleus at a much quicker rate, especially in warm water, which speeds the oyster’s metabolism.

The South Seas are also extremely clean, and filled with plankton – the Pinctada maxima's favorite food source. The clean waters and abundant food supply also speeds the nacre production. The growth period for South Sea pearls is also substantially longer than that of the akoya. Akoya pearls are harvested after only 9-16 months, where as South Sea pearls are harvested after a minimum of two years allowing for a larger size.

South Sea pearls have several distinct characteristics that are unique to this gem. The nacre is unusually thick, ranging from 2 - 6 mm, compared to the 0.35 - 0.7 mm of an akoya pearl. South Sea pearls have a unique, satiny luster that comes from the rapidly deposited nacre and warm waters of the South Seas. South Sea pearls also have a subtle array of colors; typically white, silver, and golden, that are rare in other pearl types.
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Store location Poipu Gallery
Weight including packaging (lbs) 1.0000
Jewelry type Earrings
Metal type White gold
Gold karat 14K
Precious gems Exotic pearls
Country of origin USA
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Q) What kind of shipping options do I have and how much does it cost to ship it to U.S mainland?
A) We ship via insured UPS Priority or FedEx for express delivery. Shipping to East coast and rural areas takes minimum of 2 business days. Shipping within the U.S takes approximately 4-8 days. Please note: due to our remote location actual delivery time may vary depending on shipment destination. Most orders are filled within 24 hours and FedEx orders are given priority treatment. U.S and International orders will be subject to a surcharge according to the size, weight and price of an item to cover additional shipping and insurance expenses. Total shipping cost will be automatically calculated and displayed during the checkout process.

Q) I'm not familiar with the metric system? How much is 1 inch as compared to 1 cm?
A) For the convenience of our international customers our items have dimensions both in inches (or feet) and cm (or meters).
1 inch = 2.54 centimeters | 1 foot = 30.48 centimeters.

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A) With every purchase of antique jewelry, antique artifacts or any piece from our collectors gallery we can provide you with a certificate stating the authenticity, craftsmenship and high quality of the sold piece.

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A) All designer and reproduction jewelry is designed and manufactured in Hawaii by the owners: Tsajon and Kamalia. Antique and reproduction artifacts as well as carpets are primarily collected and manufactured in the Indian subcontinent of India, Nepal, and Tibet. The stone garden statuary comes from Java, Burma, and India. Lacquered artifacts and the rain drums are from Thailand. All products are personally selected and guaranteed by the owners for quality and craftsmanship.

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A) Jewel of the Lotus does not charge any sales taxes on domestic / international shipments except for the orders coming from Hawaii. Currently Hawaii sales tax is: 4.167%

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