A beautiful strand of 31 graduated Keshi pearls measuring 13.5-9.5mm. Strung with an 18 karat gold clasp. These magnificent pearls vary in shade from pale to dark gold tones with a lovely lustre.
Keshi pearls are small non-nucleated pearls typically formed as by-products of pearl cultivation. When a technician nucleates the pearl-bearing mollusk a piece of shell or grit enters the mollusk at the same time as mother of pearl bead in being implanted. This irritation causes the nacre to be formed around foreign object creating the pearl. As a result the Keshi pearls are all nacre. They are baroque in shape and generally have a beguiling lustre.
A Japanese word also meaning 'poppy' it is used in Japan for all pearls that grow without a nucleus.