Dainty pearl ear studs, stud earrings with three leaves Fleur de lis shape, sterling silver,5 mm genuine freshwater pearl, upcycled jewelry
On ear pins made of 0.8 mm thick sterling silver wire. Total size of those dainty pearl ear studs is less than 1 cm.
Those tiny ear pins have been remade/ upcycled from decorative elements, made earlier by me.
Sterling silver and genuine pearls are valuable materials which deserve second life.
See here an exciting tribal necklace, upcycled from the same piece
About cultivated pearls
In this jewelry piece, a genuine freshwater pearl has been used. This is a cultured pearl.
Cultured pearls are just as real as the natural variety. They grow inside the mollusk in exactly the same way. They are not imitation, and they are not fake. A cultured pearl necklace is as genuine as its natural cousin. The majority of cultured pearls available today derive from freshwater mussels and saltwater pearl oysters. Although all pearls develop in the same way, the cultured pearl requires some human assistance to get the process started. To do this, the pearl farmer inserts a small bead or section of mantle tissue under the mollusk’s shell. Nature then takes over. The animal begins to deposit layers of nacre around the irritating substance, slowly building up the cultured pearl. Cultured pearls so closely resemble the natural variety that experts often find it difficult to tell the two types apart. A final determination frequently requires the use of an X-ray to identify the initial irritant deep in the pearl’s interior.
The cultured pearls used in my jewelry originate mainly from freshwater mollusks. They are inexpensive so they have quite a few irregularities: size, shape etc.
Read more about different types of pearls here