Price is per half strand of these unusual pearls - 8-inches long, about 30 pearls. As these are natural, all will be slightly different size and shape - but largest average measures about 15mm x 9mm x 4mm. All drilled at the top ready to thread.
Keshi pearls are very much in demand! Keshi pearls sometimes are also called "cornflake pearls" because of the unusual shapes. You may find these same pearls described with a variety of spellings, too, such as "Kashi", "Keshi" or "Keishe". Keishi pearls are formed when the mollusk ejects the pearl bead nucleus but continues to make a pearl.
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, lavenders, and purples. Natural color comes from the mussel species and water quality – with pearls taking the color of the shell in which they form. However, permanent dyes are used today for most saturated colors.
Good pearls have thick overlapping layers of nacre. This can be tested by viewing its luster. Roll the pearl with a pen in good light - the best pearls will reflect the pen the most. A large pearl is only more valuable if it's the same quality as a smaller one - and the rounder the better. Being an organic gem, grooves, pits, or dents are expected.
The shining, playful, and reflected light of mother-of-pearl has always attracted attention. Mother-of-pearl is the mollusks outer protective shell. Today, it’s dyed in every color under the sun - creating attractive, colorful jewelry at an affordable price.