Necklace with peacock Biwa pearls on Sterling Silver chain
This elegant through drilled Biwa pearl necklace offers a modern take on the 'classic' simple pearl strand. The Biwa pearl shape is an elongated one and is named for Lake Biwa in Japan where they originated. The peacock colour of this strand offers an iridescent 'oil on water' effect that can only come with a depth of nacre (the natural material produced by the host shell to create the pearl). It is an 'unfussy' , day to wear necklace and would work well as an every-day piece
These pearls are cultured meaning that they are created by pearl farmers under controlled conditions working with pearl oysters or freshwater mussels. They are still considered to be genuine pearls despite the fact that there is human intervention in their creation. Natural pearls are much rarer and thus far more expensive. Indeed it was only after Mikimoto started to produce cultured pearls in 1888 that it became possible for those other than the very rich to aspire to own them. As a pearl-lover I am grateful that I am able to work with pearls in all of their varieties, but primarily with cultured ones.
Pearls are one of the birthstones for June, so this would be a particularly appropriate as a present for anyone born in that month.
If you are looking for understated sophistication this is the strand for you!
Length 17" (43cms) with 2" (5cms) extender and finished with a sterling silver clasp