Freshwater Pearls are less lustrous than saltwater pearls and tend to be less expensive. They differ from other cultured pearls in that they are not bead nucleated but a small piece of mantle tissue from another oyster is used. The result is a pearl composed of solid nacre, making them quite durable, resisting chipping, wear and degeneration.
Sold as temporary strung 36-40cm 14-16 inches (approx) strands. PLEASE NOTE: The beading hole sizes for pearls is traditionally much smaller than for gemstone/semiprecious beads as the most popular traditional stringing method is to use silk thread. Holes are approx. between 0.3-0.5mm. The industry standard for measuring pearls is in millimetres through their round diameter - perpendicular to the axis of the drill hole.