J110328

Honora Cultured Pearl Double Strand Keshi Necklace

$45.00

Description
Just the right touch of drama for your ensemble. Crafted with stunning black petal keshi-shaped cultured freshwater pearls, this double-strand necklace is undeniably modern yet classically elegant. From the Honora Private Reserve Collection.

  • Cultured freshwater pearls measure approximately 4.0mm
  • Highly polished sterling silver lobster claw clasp
  • Measures approximately 18"L x 3/8"W
  • Box, pouch
  • Made in China

Important Details

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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.

About Private Reserve

About Private Reserve

A Note from Honora's CEO

Welcome to Honora's "Private Reserve". Each year, the pearl harvest yields special limited editions that are some of the most beautiful and interesting cultured freshwater pearls available. Now, QVC has the opportunity to showcase some of these unique pieces. We hope you enjoy the chance to indulge in these rare and natural cultured wonders. Our inventory changes often as the harvest develops, so please keep checking back. -Joel Schechter

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Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 10 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beautiful!!!!! Even though the descpription was for "black" pearls, the one I got is darker colors of blue, green and purple with a hint of black. It is prettier than shown. Bought this as a grad. present for a great niece. Now all the girls that were there when she opened it, want one. Perfect for older teen girls or young women. The length is nice too, esp. since it is a double strand. Had not been pleased by some recent purchases from Honora, but this one is great!!! 08-27-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by Casual and non-fussy This was one of my first keshi purchases. Like others, the color surprised me a little bit b/c it had more purple/red tones and less black/blue than expected based upon the picture. However, I wasn't trying to match anything and still liked the casual appeal of this necklace, so I kept it. It's good for those times when regular pearls would look fussy. 06-10-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by Bought 2 - Disappointed in Both I bought 2 of these and didn't like either. One was black tiny keshi pearls and not much iridescent color that is shown in the qvc pic. The other had larger pearls, which I liked, but the color was a brassy color.... I mean they were not black (or silver) they were completely a different color...more browns and brassy color. I LOVE keshi and I'm very disappointed in both these. I usually like QVC jewelry and seldom give negative reviews, but this one deserved it. 12-17-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by Not like the picture at all The base color is more of a silvery gray, not the black shown in the picture. They had little luster and NONE of the rich coloring seen in the picture. Considering the mostly positive feedback regarding the colors, this was really surprising. The pearls are very small too. While the pearl size is listed in the description, without the perspective of a video presentation on a real person it was hard to gauge just how small they really are. I love keshi pearls but this was a big disappointment. 08-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by A Nice Smaller Necklace Purchased with the intent to give as a graduation gift for an 18 year old girl. I think this necklace is more appropirate for a younger aged girl as it is small in circumferance and the pearls are an appropriate size for a younger girl. It is a nice necklace but I would not recommend for an adult woman or late teen aged girl. 06-14-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by Goes with many outfits I wasn't sure I'd keep this. Easy- pay made it easier for me to try it. The color of the pearls is beautiful--many colored and irridescent. The pearl size is small, but it is a double strand. I found I wear it ALL the time. It goes with so many outfits and doesn't look overdone. However the pearls have so much shine. It adds the perfect finishing touch to an outfit. I recommend as long as you know they don't have a big presence, but a classy one. 05-23-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by Not For Me The black pearls were cool but they were a little small for me. Maybe compared to the larger Keshi's from the last show, my opinion was set. I had ordered the Peacock Keshi's from the last show and the size was dramatic. These were just not for me. Deb 04-14-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gives you the reaction you want from your jewelry. This necklace gives you the reaction you really want when you get a new piece of jewelry. You open the box and nearly gasp because it's beautiful. The colors are amazing, swirling purples and blues. I am drawn in by the metallic looking luster. This necklace is stunning!! 04-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dual Duty Beauty If you love blues and greens, and have a leaning towards the lustrous and shiny, this one's for you. I was also pleased to see that the ring part of the clasp is tiny. This makes it a tad harder to put on. However, it also means that you can put the larger part of the clasp under a collar, and wear the necklace long. I didn't expect that. I like having choices! 04-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by BEYOND STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!! This glows and is breathtaking beautiful. I ordered it sight unseen just from the photo and in person it is magnificient. It looks like it costs triple the price and the colors are so unique and stunning. It's one of my top favorites of all time. I love it. Thank you honora and QVC!!! It's really quite unique and beautiful........ 04-06-10
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