11 x 11.8 mm A Quality White South Sea Cultured Pearl Necklace - 16 inches

Product ID: WSSAW4223

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9.5 x 11.2 mm A Quality Australian White South Sea Cultured Pearl Necklace - 16 inches
11 x 12.4 mm A Quality Australian White South Sea Cultured Pearl Necklace - 16 inches

Pearl Information
Item Number : WSSAW4223
Size : 11mm x 11.8mm
Oyster : Pinctada Maxima
Luster : Very High
Bodycolor : White
Shape : Round
Overtone(s) : Silver
Quality : White "A Qualilty" = Highest
Surface : Very Clean
Origin : Australian
Waters : Saltwater
Nacre : AAA Quality - Very Thick
Matching : 90%
Kind : Cultured Pearls
Length : 16 Inches
Clasp : 18K Gold Clasp
Stringing : Double Stranded Silk Thread
This 11 to 11.8mm white Australian/Indonesian south sea cultured pearl necklace has an interesting background. Known as the "baby south seas", these pearls are the smallest that the Pinctada Maxima oyster can produce. Farmers know that if they keep these babies in the water for just a little bit longer, they can yield twice the price. So as far as rarity goes, you don't see these too often. Like most south sea pearls these exhibit a white bodycolor with a silvery overtone—unlike the Japanese akoya cultured pearls (available in both silver and rosé overtones). South sea pearls come from a different oyster than Akoya pearls and therefore simply look different. As you can see from the close up, these pearls are perfectly round, high luster and clean. They do make the mark of "A" quality, the highest grade of the A, B, C and D nomenclature assignged to grade south sea pearls. If you were looking for a comparable akoya strand, don't waste your time. Similar sizes and qualities of Japanese Akoya Cultured Pearls run anywhere from $6,500 to $12,000 for uniform 9 x 9.5mm and 9.5 x 10mm necklaces in the AA qualities.

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