Professional Jeweler Archive: No Salt Needed

May 2003

Gemstones & Pearls/New Products


No Salt Needed

Freshwaters add zest to the pearl market


They grow in a variety of shapes, such as round, oval, button, drop and baroque, and colors vary from pure white to orange and rosy violet. The many faces of the freshwater cultured pearl encourage original designs with texture, style and appeal – good news for your customers looking for something different. Woven chokers and collars, drop earrings and multistrand necklaces and bracelets combine quantity, high quality and affordability.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

Freshwater cultured pearls and aquamarine beads are twisted together and held by a 14k gold clasp. Suggested retail, $285.

Behnam Jewelry Corp., New York City; (212) 302-7800, fax (212) 302-3565.

Faceted freshwater cultured pearl pendant is inlaid with Australian opal hanging from a double strand of sky blue topaz with a scroll loop-and-toggle clasp. Suggested retail, $3,800.

Robin Rotenier/ViewPoint Showrooms, New York City; (212) 696-1881, fax (212) 213-5494, frances@viewpointshowrooms.com.

900 platinum pendant with 1.74 carats of diamonds hangs from five strands of approximately 3.9mm freshwater cultured pearls. Retail, $10,000.

Suna Bros., New York City; (800) 456-7862, fax (212) 869-5922.

14k Chinese freshwater cultured pearl earrings with 0.20 carat of round diamonds are $600 suggested retail.

Just Jules, Scottsdale, AZ; (480) 860-6211, fax (480) 860-4488.

Chinese freshwater cultured pearl strand features an 18k gold pendant with 0.39 carat of diamonds, tourmaline and a natural pearl.

Janis Kerman Design, Westmount, Quebec, Canada; (514) 931-3852. Photo by Larry Turner.

18k pink and yellow gold nest brooch is set with 0.24 carat of diamonds and a 9mm peach freshwater cultured pearl. Suggested retail, $3,140.

Ronna Lugosch Designs, Round Pond, ME; (207) 529-6050, fax (207) 529-7000.

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