Monday, September 19, 2011


With this set ones gets to take their choice of the

feel of ELEGANCE or the HOLIDAY look

Red and Clear Crystal elegance with white Freshwater Cultured Pearls and Rhinestone slices highlight this 19 inch necklace. The clasp is a Sterling Silver hook with a Figure-8 loop.
The silver plated French Hook earrings have a 2 1/4 inch drop.

Freshwater Pearls, abreviated FWP, are a kind of pearl that comes from freshwater mussels. They have been produced prodominently in Japan and the United States on a limited scale, but are now almost exclusive to China. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission requires that all freshwater pearls be referred to as "freshwater cultured pearls" in commerce settings.
The Japanese freshwater pearl industry holds a special historic value as the first country to cultivate whole freshwater pearls in Lake Biwa. The industry attempted a comeback with a mussel hybrid in Lake Kasumigaura in the last decade, but this venture also met with failure, with all production ceasing in 2006. A pearl farm in Tennessee also holds special historic value as it is the only place freshwater pearls have been developed outside of Asia. Freshwater Pearsl come in a variety of shapes and colors, and dependant on the seed placed into the mussel.
Be careful when purchasing FWPs as there are now many plastic, glass, resin and other materials of fake pearls on the market, especially some being referred to as Biwa Pearls.

Crystals and Rhinestones are also used in this set.