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Vintage Pink Mother of Pearl LUCITE Hinged Clamper BRACELET Leaf Shaped ESTATE
$85.00
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New Sterling Silver Ladies Ring with Mother of Pearl Vintage Style
$14.95
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Vtg 925 Sterling Silver Real Mother Of Pearl Onyx Turquoise Gemstone Ring 11
$107.00
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Vintage Clown Circus Brooch Mother of Pearl MOP Lot of 7
$60.00
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Lot of 2 Antique Sterling Butterfly Pins Filigree Mother of Pearl
$30.00
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CFJ Mother of Pearl Sterling Silver ring size 65
$48.00
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Fedoskino Winter Scene Painting on Mother of Pearl Pin Signed
$50.00
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Vintage Jade Coral Mother of Pearl EArrings Clip On
$22.99
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Vintage Carved Pikake Mother of Pearl Shell Coral Heishi Shell Necklace Choker
$23.99
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Vintage Alpaca Mexico Aztex Calendar Wall Plate Mother of Pearl 15 3 8 Diameter
$105.60
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RETRO 925 STERLING MOP MOTHER OF PEARL PENDANT
$7.95
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Vtg 925 Sterling Silver Real Mother Of Pearl Onyx Turquoise Gemstone Ring 11
$92.00
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Pair Vintage 1 20 12k GF Correct Mother of Pearl Cufflinks
$65.00
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Vintage Artisan Mother Of Pearl Shell Green Button Brooch Pin
$19.99
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VINTAGE POLKA DOT MOTHER OF PEARL BRASS INLAID BANGLE BRACELET MOP WOW DOTTED
$5.99
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Vintage GORGEOUS black and white inlaid mother of pearl shell brass lot of 2
$6.95
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Sterling Silver Marcasite Reversible Ring Black Onyx MOP Mother Of Pearl
$12.00
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VINTAGE WHITE SEED BEADMOTHER PEARL PINK LUCITE MODERNIST NECKLACE
$9.99
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Round Mother of Pearl Cameo Link Bracelet Carved Shell Bracelet
$185.00
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Kabana 14k Rose Gold Mother of Pearl and Diamond Ring
$1,150.00
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Vintage Mother Of Pearl MOP Penguin Christmas Holiday Pin Brooch
$14.95
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Vintage Signed Nakai Mother Of Pearl And Sterling Silver Pin Brooch Pendant
$24.95
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Lovely Vintage Mother of Pearl Daisy Flower Brooch Pin jewelry vtg
$0.99
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Vintage Strand Necklace With Mother Of Pearl Shell Wood Beads Unmarked 24
$12.75
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Vintage Green Jadeite Malachite Mother of Pearl Bead Necklace w Heart Pendant
$38.50
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VICTORIAN ANTIQUE 1890S SOLID MOTHER OF PEARL BAR PIN KMBD
$47.50
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Vintage Enamelled FLOWER BROOCH PIN Mother of Pearl Ablone Inlay MEXICO ALPACA
$24.38
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VNTG HAND CRAFTED MOTHER OF PEARL ABALONE SHELL PENDANT 925 STERLING NECKWIRE
$34.99
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Vtg Mother of Pearl Necklace Double Strand Japan Bracelet Germany Clip Earrings
$1.99
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EARRINGS MOTHER of PEARL MOP Vintage Retro MCM Style Fashion
$4.44
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Pair of Balloon Peddlers Enameled with Mother of Pearl
$14.36
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Vintage Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Onyx Bezel By Pass Size 875 Ring
$44.00
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Miriam Haskell Signed Sea Shell Mother Pearl Coral bead 30 Necklace Antique 50s
$400.00
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Antique Silver Tone Round MOTHER OF PEARL Black CELLULOID Cuff Links
$21.99
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Antique MOTHER OF PEARL Shell Stone Stick Pin Hat Pin
$6.99
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Sterling Silver Mother of Pearl Great Falls Metal Works Oval Chunky Brooch Pin
$58.98
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Vintage Mexico Alpaca silver Blue Mother of Pearl Cuff Bracelet
$25.00
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Vintage Baltic Amber Mother of Pearls Sterling Silver Leather Collar Necklace
$25.00
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Vintage MOTHER OF PEARL and Gold Tone Toggle Clasp Bracelet
$0.99
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Handsome Mens Pair Antique Gold Filled Mother Of Pearl Cuff Links OO15
$11.95
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WONDERFUL VINTAGE ESTATE FIND FAUX MOTHER OF PEARL NICE SILVERTONE EARRINGS
$3.99
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14K GOLD MOTHER OF PEARL MOP HEART W ROSE ANGEL SKIN CORAL CARVED PENDENT A
$55.00
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Vintage Handmade MOP Mother of Pearl Round Stash Pillow Box Necklace Pendant
$31.49
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Flower Pin Jade and Mother of Pearl Accents Vintage
$17.56
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14K GOLD MOTHER OF PEARL MOP HEART W ROSE ANGEL SKIN CORAL CARVED PENDENT B
$55.00
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Vintage Art Deco Mother Of Pearl Enamel and Rhinestone Brooch
$9.74
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Sterling Bracelet with Mother of Pearl and Onyx 7 3 4
$29.99
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NEW OLD STOCK SILVER MOTHER OF PEARL FLOWER DESIGN EARRING AND PENDANT SET
$15.99
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Sterling Mexico Oval Cabochon Mother of Pearl Wide Band Ring Older Vintage Sz65
$39.99
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Sterling Butterfly Ring Band Lavender Mother Pearl Band Ring Sz 45 20 Grams
$22.99
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Elegant Cream Mother of Pearl Shell Necklace 1970s vintage
$19.95
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STERLING SILVER MARCASITE MOTHER OF PEARL DRAGON FLY PIN
$23.00
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Elegant Mother of Pearl Shell Faux Jade Glass Necklace 1970s vintage
$14.95
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Fabulous Apricot Mother of Pearl Shell 2 strand Gold tone Necklace 1960s vintage
$29.95
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New Bracelet with Onyx Mother of Pearl Marcasite 8
$19.00
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6 Strand Abalone Mother Of Pearl Shell Glass Bead Pendant Necklace
$13.95
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Vintage Natural Mother of Pearl Mild Pink Oval 925 Sterling Silver Ring see size
$39.99
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Vintage Mother of Pearl Flower Pierced Earrings
$7.70
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vintage expandable bracelet of triangular discs of mother of pearl
$250.00
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Vintage stretch Bracelets lot of 4Mother of Pearl lapis domelucite
$12.00
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Sterling Silver Necklace W Stunning Huge Mother Of Pearl Shell Pendant 925
$87.50
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vintage mosaic mother of pearl cuff bracelet
$100.00
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vintage mosaic black mother of pearl cuff bracelet
$100.00
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Beautiful Large Vintage Mother Of Pearl Cameo Pendant
$50.00
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VINTAGE 14K GOLD NECKLACE PENDANT CROSS MOTHER PEARL MOON STONE
$225.00
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vintage pink mother of pearl expandable bracelet
$100.00
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vintage mother of pearl expandable bracelet
$100.00
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Estate Mauboussin 20ct Iolite Gemstone Mother of Pearl 18K White Gold Ring
$1,900.00
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Vintage Screw Back Earrings 4 Leaf Clovers Mother of Pearl Disks
$1.04
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Vintage TAXCO Sterling Silver Earrings and 2 charms with Mother of Pearl
$45.00
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vintage toby anne mother of pearl 12 kt gold filled earrings and pendant w chain
$19.95
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Vintage Demi Parure Brooch Earrings Mother Of Pearl 7 Point Star Bethlehem
$32.50
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Judith Ripka Sterling Silver Diamonique Pink Mother of Pearl Ring Sz 7 C25674
$62.99
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Vtg Mother of Pearl Inlay Alpaca Mexico Cuff Bangle Bracelet Lot
$120.00
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VINTAGE 1930 40S MOTHER OF PEARL GLASS RONDELLS CHOKER NECKLACE
$34.95
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Vintage Mother of Pearl Clown Pin
$0.99
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Antique Signed THE KLASSIE Gold Oval Abalone MOTHER OF PEARL SHELL Stick Pin
$7.99
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Vintage Signed Lapidario Barrera 950 Sterling Silver Mother of Pearl Ring Large
$119.99
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Antique Pearl Necklace with Mother of Pearl and Marcasite Butterfly
$34.75
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Vintage Signed LC Liz Claiborne Dove Brooch Pin Mother of Pearl
$10.00
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Beautiful handcrafted genuine Carved Mother of Pearl pierced Earrings un k
$6.48
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W Germany Filigree Gold Pated Mother of Pearl Demi Parure Brooch Earrings Rare
$15.00
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Carolyn PollackSterling silver and Mother of pearl Ring Size 8
$18.99
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CW CHARLES WOOD STERLING SILVER MOTHER OF PEARL FLOWER RING 10182 RING MS
$59.95
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Lovely Pair of Vintage Multi Shaped MOTHER OF PEARL Necklaces Leaf Earrings
$30.00
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Mother of Pearl Bracelet with Mexico Silver
$4.00
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Vintage Whiting and Davis Mother of Pearl Earrings
$5.00
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Vintage Large Lot of Cuff Links Tie Clips Mens Pin Brooch Mother pearl P212
$14.99
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Vintage Green Pelican or Seagull Necklace Mother Of Pearl Signed Hand Made N175
$19.99
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Vintage Sterling Silver Chinese Symbol Earrings Mother of Pearl MOP E21
$24.99
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Vintage Silver Sterling Pendant Turquoise MOP Mother of Pearl PC17
$29.99
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Vintage Sterling Silver Mother of Pearl Amethyst Purple Ring Size 7
$34.99
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Mosaic Abalone Shell Mother of Pearl Inlay Swirl Lacquer Bangle Bracelet
$9.99
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Kachina Dancer Tear drop Mother of Pearl Onyx Turquoise Coral Pendant Necklace
$19.99
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Vintage Sterling Silver Turquoise Mother of Pearl Ring Heart Size 6
$49.99
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Vtg Mexico 925 Sterling Silver Real Mother Of Pearl Handmade Clip On Earrings
$24.95
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Mother Pearl

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7 Pearl Jewelry Terms You Must Know

When shopping for pearl jewelry, whether online or in a jewelry store, you are going to see and hear some industry terms that you may not be that familiar with. You’ll be told that the nacre of this pearl is thick, it’s luster is excellent, it’s surface is clean and that is why it retails for $999. The only thing you might recognize from that description is the price! So educating yourself on the terminology used to describe pearl jewelry before you begin shopping will allow you to accurately compare pearls from one another, understand their value, and can lead you to making a very good purchase on quality pearls. You may even end up saving a few dollars just by knowing a few terms!

Cultured vs Natural

Let’s start with knowing the difference between Cultured Pearls and Natural Pearls. While both are real pearls, the way they are created is what sets them apart. Cultured pearls are harvested on pearl farms in controlled conditions. With the assistance of pearl farmers, they insert an object into the mollusk to jump start the creation of the pearl. The end result is still an authentic pearl that carries the same properties as a natural pearl.

Natural pearls by contrast are those found in their natural environment. They are pearls that have been stumbled upon by chance. Therefore, natural pearl jewelry may carry a heavier price tag than cultured pearl jewelry because of the unique, natural quality they have. Cultured pearls tend to be more affordable because of their ability to be mass produced. However, each is still very similar in their qualities and authenticity.

Shape

As you study the pearls that interest you, pay close attention to the shape of the pearl. The closer each pearl is to a perfect sphere or being perfectly round, the higher in value the jewelry will be. Round pearls are pretty rare to come across and only account for a small percentage of the pearls coming out of pearl farms.

From there, you will see the term Near-round to describe pearls that are not quite perfectly round, but close to it. Oval pearls look just as they sound. Button style pearls are pearls that appear to be thinner, or squashed by comparison. Drop pearls have the appearance of a tear drop.

Lastly are Baroque pearls. These pearls are irregular in shape and are non-symmetrical as well. In fact, the actual shapes of a baroque pearl can range from simply being semi-round to stick or cross shaped. Many times however, a strand of baroque pearls will be similar to each other thus creating a uniform strand. Incidentally, Tahitian and South Sea baroque pearls are also very unique as the process to create them takes much longer. Therefore, their value may be considered greater.

Nacre / Mother-of-Pearl

Nacre, or mother-of-pearl, is a secretion of calcium carbonate and conchiolin that a mollusk will release to cover an object such as a grain of sand that has entered the mollusk. This object acts as an irritant and triggers the secretion to begin. Layers and layers of nacre will build around this object and leads to the production of a pearl. In fact, a real pearl can be identified by its layers of nacre present. The thicker the nacre, the higher quality and more durable your pearl is against nicks, scratches and overall wear and tear.

Luster

Luster is a term used to describe a pearls ability to reflect light. The more translucent each layer of the pearl, the greater its ability to reflect light. You can visually determine a pearls luster by its ability to show your reflection or have shine to it. If the pearl is dull or really doesn’t have a reflection, then it is considered to be poor in quality.

Surface

A pearls surface can be described as clean, blemished or marked. The surface is basically how you see the pearl. Looking at it, do you see any marks or discolorations in its coating or color? If you do, these are the pearls blemishes or marks. If a pearl does not appear to have any, then it is described as clean. A pearl with a clean surface is considered to have a higher value than a pearl with a blemished surface. If you have your eyes set on a strand of clean pearls, be sure that the strand is uniform and that each pearl has a clean surface. While blemished pearls are considered to be lesser in value, they are still considered to be of good quality. Pearls whose surface is so poor generally do not make it to the jewelry stage.

Color

Colors of pearls vary from bright whites to rich shades of black. The color of the pearl will depend on the types of pearls you are looking at. For instance Akoya pearls generally come in whites with cream or pink overtones. Tahitian pearls on the other hand are most likely black or shades of gray. South Sea pearls meanwhile are generally associated with golden pearls.

The color of pearls really doesn’t affect the pricing of it. However you will want to be sure that all of the other quality factors still apply to the pearls you are considering. Your choice of colored pearls should be chosen carefully to compliment your skin tone. As a rule of thumb, people with tan or darker skin tones tend to find darker pearls or pearls with cream overtones to compliment their skin best. Women with lighter, fairer skin will find that pearls with pink or rose overtones work well.

Grades

With so many terms used to describe pearl jewelry, it’s not a wonder we felt the need to write this article! However, all of these characteristics can be combined and defined with a simple grade. Yes, pearls receive grades based upon their quality. There are three grades that can be assigned to a pearl ranging from A to AAA.

A pearl with a grade of AAA means these pearls are of the highest quality and greatest value. It means all of the characteristics listed out above are of the best conditioning. You can expect these types of pearls to be higher in price.

Pearl jewelry given a grade of AA is your middle of the road pearl. The pearls generally will be round or near-round shape and may have slight blemishes here and there. These and the rest of the qualities will either be considered of high quality or slightly below.

Lastly, pearl jewelry given an A generally means you’ll find a few more blemishes, a lower luster quality, and either a near round or semi-round shape. It is important to note that pearls with a lower grade do not necessarily mean they are not worth the investment. They are still quality, authentic pearls that have been matched with each other to create a uniform, cohesive set of pearl jewelry.

Perhaps you may not be able to remember all of the terminology, but knowing the significance of a pearls grade will ensure you will be able to select a quality piece of jewelry that is worth the asking price. Now you hopefully will be able to go into a jewelry shop, online or off, and will have a clear advantage to make a smart purchasing decision. Couple this information with knowing the different types of pearls available and you will be all set!

About the Author

Pearl Classic is an online retailer of authentic pearl jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, pendants and bracelets. Their website showcases a collection of Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea and Freshwater pearls. For more information, please visit http://www.pearlclassic.com.

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