H164215

Honora Cultured FreshwaterPearl Open Work Wreath Ornament

Description
Adorn your Christmas tree with opulence. This wreath ornament is made up of pistachio-colored, potato-shaped cultured freshwater pearls in various sizes. A red mesh ribbon tied into a bow and a golden string for hanging top the look. From Honora.

  • Sterling silver
  • Cultured freshwater pearls measure approximately 3.5mm to 6.5mm
  • Measures 2-1/2"Diam
  • Red Honora box
  • Made in China

About Honora

Honora Cultured Pearls

For over 50 years the name HONORA has stood for quality and value in the jewelry industry. HONORA selects its fine quality cultured pearls from top producers in Japan, China, and various South Sea countries, and supplies better retailers with finished necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and pendants in a wide variety of styles and pearl types. We manufacture in our New York facility using 14K, 18K and platinum, and string our products with the highest quality materials available. Our trademarked "PEARL GAME," a 34" opera which breaks down into a variety of wearable lengths, is available with or without diamond rondels, and continues to be the industry standard for a fine basic cultured pearl strand.

Cultured Pearls – Timeless Treasures

No one is really sure where the first pearls were discovered. Perhaps our earliest civilizations, centered in Persia, India, or China were among the first to notice the magical beauty of pearls thousands of years ago. From the start, pearls have been highly prized by gem collectors, revered by artists and mythologists and appreciated by fashionable women throughout the course of history. In varying cultures, pearls have symbolized power, romance, fertility and even good health – ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Japanese medicines often contained ground up pearls in their medicines. The world's great religions have all used pearls to adorn temples, artifacts, and clothing in an attempt to harness the supernatural powers believed to exist in these special gems.

Natural vs. Cultured Pearls

One common source of confusion among pearl consumers is the misinformation about what a "real" pearl is. Cultured pearls are considered to be precious gemstones, qualifying by the fact that quality cultured pearls are both rare and are a gift of nature. Instead of requiring man fashioning this gem by a cutting and polishing process after mining, pearls need only to be helped at the start – by supplying an irritant to begin the culturing process. A natural pearl forms in nature when an accidental irritant such as sand, a parasite, or any foreign object enters the oyster. In a defensive response, the mollusk begins secreting nacre, thin layers of calcium carbonate, in an attempt to cover the offending object. Nacre can be deposited on the shell wall (creating a semi–hemispheric covering), or within the soft animal tissue of the oyster (completely surrounding the foreign object). Due to the odd shapes entering the mollusk, the pearls created by the continual layering of nacre will almost always be misshapen (baroque). Only in rare cases will a natural pearl occur in a spherical shape, making it impossible for supplying commercial quantities of round necklaces to the marketplace. Natural round pearls were therefore an unattainable item for those who were not royalty or immensely wealthy.

Natural pearls can be detected from similarly appearing cultured pearls through x-radiography – the bead-like center will be missing from the picture.

A Cultured Pearl is formed in much the same way, but with man supplying the initial irritant instead of nature to get the process started. Pearl farmers use a round mother of pearl shell and a piece of mantle tissue, which they insert into the soft tissue of the animal, in an attempt to create a spherical pearl which will posses gem qualities. This implanting operation takes place a few years after the birth of an oyster, when they have grown to a maturity that will be able to accept an intrusion of this size. Still, only about 50% of the implanting operations will be successful; many oysters will simply eject the foreign matter or die due to the shock of implantation. Of the remainder, less than half will produce pearls too poor for jewelry use, and only about 15% of the crop will be of gem quality. Pearls are grown over a period of one to two years, under the constant care of farmers keeping a watchful eye on their crop. The overall quality of the harvest is dependent on a wide variety of factors, including water temperature, the local food supply, and the pollution level of the water.

Japan has been the major producer of fine pearls up to 10MM, though China has begun to produce fine quality cultured pearls in both fresh water and salt water in recent years. Japan creates Akoya cultured pearls, named after the species of oyster used.

About Freshwater Cultured Pearls

Freshwater cultured pearls are the closest possible thing to natural pearls on the market. The highest nacre (the layers of pearl "skin" deposited around the nucleus ) amount on any cultured pearl assures buyers that the durable skin will never chip or peel. Freshwater pearls can be up to 100% pure nacre, as the tissue nucleus tends to dissolve, during the growth process. Because these pearls do not start with a large round bead, they can grow in a variety of shapes, including round, drop, button, oval, and freeform.

WHY THEY ARE SO WELL PRICED COMPARED TO OTHER CULTURED PEARLS
  • Multiple pearls per mollusk lowers the cost of production dramatically.
  • There is no costly mother of pearl bead used in the nucleation process.
  • Favorable labor rates keep prices moderate.
  • China's aggressive commitment to dominating the world pearl market creates an environment of lower profit/higher volume sales.
  • Spectacular recent harvests have created a large supply of freshwater pearls.

HONORA has been aligned with China since its early days of pearl cultivation. We continue in our belief that China is the world's future for pearl farming. Working closely with the government and private sector, we concentrate on bringing to America the upper quality range of their production, and look forward to the continued increases in size, roundness, and spectacular colors that the future will bring.

How to Clean

After wearing, wipe gently with a damp cloth that is soft and clean in order to remove any perspiration or oil that may have come from the skin, or any other residue. For regular cleaning, wipe gently with a damp cloth that is soft and clean. If you would like to use a cleaning agent, use a mild one that is specifically made for pearl products. Dry with a soft, clean, absorbent cloth. Leave the piece on a towel for an extended period of time to ensure it is completely dry.

The Don'ts

Don't use hot water, a steamer or an ultrasonic cleaner. Don't soak in water. Don't expose to hairspray or any other chemical (unless it is meant for pearl products). Don't expose to extreme heat.

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H164215 - Honora Cultured FreshwaterPearl OpenWork WreathOrnament 4.8 5 24 24
For those who look for the Unusal.... Here it is. I purchased 2 of these along with 2 of the white ball and the star and the bell. These will be Christmas presents. Please continue this line, I think a heart would be great. This is the prefect gift for my nieces and nephews, sister and sister in law. 10-28-10
Great Quality!! I've had these ornaments on my wait list since Christmas, I ordered all 4 ornaments when they were a one time only value. As far as the bow goes, I feel that I was really paying for the pearls, high quality workmanship and could easily personalize it with my own bow or just remove it altogether. These ornaments make for a truly special and unusual gift. I hope they continue to make new pearl ornaments - maybe a tree, heart, or a snowflake? Thanks to QVC for bringing something this fantastic into my home that I know I wouldn't find anywhere else. I'm so glad I purchased them as they are truly heirloom quality and I will enjoy them each and every year when I decorate. My only suggestion is I think they should have an option to purchase all 4 together as a set with a nice box presentation for gift giving - this would save QVC, the environment, and us on shipping/packaging. 10-05-10
Just love this! I have all the ornaments except the wreath and am on Wait list for it . I sure hope it comes in before Christmas, I think it is going to be my favorite, with the red bow, and green pearls, the picture is so pretty. But I love all my ornaments, I have collected unusual Christmas ornaments for years, and being a June baby the pearls have always been special to me, so when I saw these ornaments I knew I had to get them. I sure hope you come out with one every year from now on, it would be fantastic to collect them. These are just so unusual, I just love the workmanship on these Joel - looking forward to more. Thanks for the quality of Honora. 09-16-10
Stunning! I bought this as a gift and almost kept it for myself! It is truly a beautiful work of art. The pearls are bright and the variety of greens gives it a very realistic appearance. 02-24-10
Beautiful Pearls The pearls on all four oranments are awesome! The colors and the designs are beautiful!!. I truly hope the Honora people bring out more oranments in the upcoming years. 01-01-10
Oh So Awesome This one just arrived in time for Christmas and I am so happy. These ornaments have been the highlight of my tree this year. I am so excited to have them and hope there will be more to come. Excellent job Joel and Ralph. Deb 12-23-09
STUNNING! WOW! This is beyond beautiful. I would like to collect them all. I started with the wreath and will go from there. It will not disappoint. GORGEOUS! 12-16-09
Life as a Honora Pearl Dear Joel, Love the ornament, my tree is now complete! The pearl ornament will go nicely with the Waterford, Lenox, Radko, Wedgewood etc. If there's life after death I want to come back as a Honora Pearl!!! :-) Happy Holidays! 12-04-09
Slightly disapointed I have to say I was a little disapointed in the luster and color matching of the pearls of this ornament. I got the Ball and Bell shaped ornaments too, and they were absolutely amazing! I would have given 5 stars if the colors of the pearls were matched a little better. I know the point was to have multiple green colors in the wreath and not just one solid color, but mine jumps from light green pearls to dark green pearls right next to each other. I wish the color was a more gradual shift. With all of that said I am keeping the ornament. I have the other two and really would like to collect them all. 12-02-09
Pretty Ornament The pearls are very pretty and glossy. The bow was rather scruffy, so I took it off and put my own bow on. When I received it, I needed to re-shape the wreath a bit, but it should be fine now. It will be a unique and long lasting ornament. Recently, the ball and bell ornaments were presented. I almost ordered them so that I would have a collection, but they were just not as nice. I did not care for the large white pearls of the ball or the silver color of the bell - I thought both of them were "blah". I look forward to other choices next year. I think the ornaments are better suited to small pearls. 11-28-09
BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL COLOR AND SHINE. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 11-19-09
UNIQUE, ELEGANT ORNAMENT This ornament is just beautiful, however I agree with another reviewer in that the bow is not right for this wreath; it's too big! A thin red satin-like ribbon would have been very classy on this. I might just change it because it really hides the beauty of the pearls as it is. I would love to get more, and I know they are pearls, but a bit pricey for me to give out as gifts. A collection of a couple of different pearl ornaments would make a great TSV for next year. Also, buy more and save would help. 11-03-09

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