Price is per 15-inch strand of these lustrous pearls. Size of each measures about 22mm x 14mm x 6mm - about 17 half-moons to the string. Although as they are natural, each will be a different same and size, Colour is silver white (no pink tint).
Most pearls these days are cultured. These natural freshwater pearls occur in mussels for the same reason saltwater pearls occur in oysters. Foreign material inside a mussel can't be expelled. To reduce irritation, the mollusk coats the intruder with the same secretion it uses for shell-building, nacre. To cultivate a pearl, farmers slit the mussel and insert small pieces of live tissue from another mussel.
Cultured pearls are now created in all shapes, sizes, and colors: white, silvery-white, pink, red, copper, brown, lavender, purple, green, blue, and yellow. The most desirable are the pastel pinks, roses and lavenders. Natural color comes from the mussel species and water quality ĘC with pearls taking the color of the shell in which they form. However, permanent dyes are used today for most saturated colors.