South seas pearl on thick hoop earrings.
These are the most rare and extraordinary pearls you'll find in jewelry. South Sea pearls come from the white-lipped variety of the pinctada maxima oyster. This oyster is much larger than the oysters that produce Akoya and Freshwater pearls, so the pearl that it produces is much larger as well.
When a pearl is born, it is the result of irritation to the soft body of a mollusk. The sea animal, trying to soothe the stuck sand or speck, nourishes the irritation with a layer of nacre, followed by another and another until the pearl is formed. This is why pearls are considered to be gems of nurturing and nourishment, as their origin is a result of self-nurturing. That’s why it’s no surprise that pearls have a centuries-long reputation for their healing properties, especially in traditional Asian medical systems, and is also why pearls have many metaphysical properties akin to crystals. As spiritual tokens, pearls are said to assist in calming and centering, as well as nurture your faith, loyalty, integrity and purity. It’s been used to heighten intuition, psychic sensitivity, and imagination.
Note: Each pearl is unique and may vary in color, size and shape.
- South Seas Pearls
- Gold Filled Findings
- 16mm Hoop
- Pearl 11mm