We are very proud to offer an amazing Baroque Keshi flame-ball shape (cultured) Pearl necklace. The beautiful necklace has 17 pearls from 16.72 mm to 28.19 mm to 28.33 mm to 32.85 mm & each pearl is very thick. (25 mm=1 inch) They are the largest & most impressive (cultured) pearls of this type I have ever seen. Keshi can be either fresh-water or salt-water, but these are fresh-water from China, I think. South Sea Keshi cost a lot more money. Keshi pearls are a mistake/accident of nature when nucleus of pearl ruptures & they grow wildly. By definition a Keshi pearl is a non-beaded pearl formed by accident as a by-product of a pearl culturing process. You cannot just create a Keshi of this kind of enormous pearl. They sometimes just happen when an oyster rejects or loses the implanted nucleus. These oysters then produce a pearl without a nucleus & it can take any shape. This makes Keshi a 100% solid -nacre pearl & is why they are so shiny. Even though they are solid nacre they are not considered a "natural" pearl , as they are often the by-product of pearl culturing. But most Keshi are small pearls. It took many many years for these to grow this big, probably 5-10 years. It took a long time to collect this many for a necklace. They are so beautiful. Originally, pearl growers did not like Keshis'. They discarded them. Even now many pearl growers x-ray their mollusks to see if Keshis' are there, & they remove them. It takes too long to grow a pearl that is "big" to waste time on a Keshi! Keshis' like this are considered a RARE find. But many jewelers love Keshis', including me! I think they make such an interesting & unusual looking pearl necklace. This is one of biggest examples one can find. But they are hard to find this big & beautiful with such unusual shapes. Each one is a mini work-of Art & beauty produced by Nature. It is fun to look carefully at each one individually. Necklace is only 16 inches & weighs 109 grams (545 carats). It has a pearl clasp marked 925 (sterling) with a figure 8 safety on it. My husband got it for me around 1990. I love it but it is too tight for me now. (Sniff!!). These usually sell for $3,000.xx to $4,000.xx up to even $6,000.xx when you can find one this large. As a matter of fact my Ross Simon jewelry catalog just arrived & there is a large Baroque Pearl Necklace (Item 785341) on P.17 that is listed at $3,695.xx for 18 inch necklace. My necklace is so very amazingly beautiful & prettier than one in catalog! It in in original & excellent condition. I doubt I will be able to have another one this good again. I shall miss it dearly! And, I think my price is a "bargain"!! However, I do know this is a lot of money, & I thank you in advance for your purchase. You will love it! These pearls are just one of those really special things you run into only a few times in your life. I seem to never forget the things I did not buy! But I will miss these when they sell!
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