Akoya Signed Matched Cultured Pearls Sterling Silver Brooch Pin
$75.00 What a beautiful an unusual vintage brooch! It is made of sterling silver and set with lustrous real Japanese Akoya cultured pearls. The pearls are a creamy color with hints of pink and aqua. This pin has a makers mark with logo but I can't make it out.... an eight in a circle?.. it is just gorgeous what ever the mark. The Akoya Pearls are a perfectly matched pair at 5 mm mounted on gracefully sweeping floral design with leaves. It can be hung on a chain from the either end of the pin or worn as a pin..This pin measures 2-1/2" long and about an inch wide. It is marked sterling on the cartouche on the back. It is in excellent near new and unused condition. There are no scratches on the silver or the pearls and no damage, the clasp works great.
Pearls are the only gems made by a living creature. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries. Because of this, pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable. Real pearls grow in the oyster and can be freshwater cultured or saltwater natural or cultured. Luster, inner glow, and color are just a few of the things one can learn to judge and see by in a pearl without testing. Nacre can be judged, but needs professional testing. A recommended read is the Gem Society's website section "Pearls", and how to judge them as consumer.
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