|Price is per 15-inch strand of these beautiful beads. All slightly different, but average largest measures about 22mm x 21mm x 11mm.|
Gems of the Sea
Collecting shells has been a pastime of many, young and old, for centuries. These beautiful shells have been harvest from the South China Sea, dyed, and strung ready for you to make a necklace or bracelet.
"It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire." --Robert Louis Stevenson
The shining, playful, reflected light of mother-of-pearl has attracted attention since ancient times. Over time, different technology has turned mother-of-pearl into many uses, apart from jewelry. Today, itís dyed every color under the sun - creating attractive, colorful jewelry at affordable prices.
Mother-of-pearl is formed by the mollusks as a protective shell. Like the pearl itís a secretion of the mantle, composed of alternate layers of calcium carbonate and conchiolin. Among the chief sources are pearl oysters from tropical seas.