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Pearls make an elegant gift for the sophisticated woman.
We have the pearls you need for any occasion:
spacerAkoya. Renowned for their luster, these cultured saltwater pearls are the pearls which are most often used in necklaces. They are generally white or cream-colored. They also tend to be the most consistently round and near-round pearls.

Baroque. These are both non-symmetrical and irregular in shape, and can include pearls shaped like popcorn, peanuts, bullets, rocks and so on.

Coin. Coin pearls are round and flat on two sides, making them shaped like a coin. They come in a variety of colors and can be very large with a 10-12 mm in diameter not being unusual.

Cultured. Cultured pearls are grown on pearl farms where several thousand mollusks can be implanted and cared for. They appear in a wide variety of shapes and colors, and tend to be less expensive than saltwater pearls. Freshwater pearls are also quite durable, resisting chipping, wear, and degeneration.
Pearls
spacerFaux.These are simulated pearls manufactured entirely by man or machine. They have no real value as a gemstone. A common test to determine whether a pearl is genuine or imitation consists of scraping the pearl gently across one's teeth. Imitation pearls feel smooth to the tooth, while genuine pearls feel slightly gritty or abrasive.

Keshi. Keshi Pearls have unparalleled luster and beauty, and are also known as a Petal Pearls. They can form in either saltwater or freshwater and are relatively rare. They come in a variety of colors.

Mabe. This is a hemispherical shaped pearl that develops in a dome form with a flat back - the back is usually attached manually after harvesting. Cultured mabes are used for rings and earrings, not necklaces.

South Sea. These pearls are rare, have exceptional quality and have a whitish, almost silver color. They are larger than the average pearl, with exceptional smoothness and roundness. Because of the rarity and sensitivity of this type of oyster, cultivation of these pearls is much more difficult, making them more expensive.

Tahitian.These pearls are traditionally called "black," but their color can range from metallic silver to the color of graphite, and can have bluish, purplish, or greenish overtones. Tahitian cultured pearls make extraordinary gifts.
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Ansonborough House
334 M East Bay  
Charleston, SC - 29401
843.853.3968
artisan@sohnandmcclurejewelers.com
Hours: 10:00am to 5:30pm Weekdays,
Saturday by Appointment
South Windermere Homestead
86 Folly Road  
Charleston, SC - 29407
843.769.2336
expertise@sohnandmcclurejewelers.com
Hours: 10:00am to 5:30pm Weekdays
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