Classical Mabe pearl earrings have long been a staple of the jewellery wardrobe. This pair feature a beautiful white with light cream pink overtone set in a 14kt yellow gold rope border; post and Omega clip fittings.
Pearls - 16.0mm in diameter.
Mabe pearls are cultivated from the silver and black lipped oysters from the waters of Australia and the South Pacific. Mabe pearls are half round or dome shaped and are grown on the inside of the oyster.
The Mabe pearl is cultured by a half piece nucleus which is implanted against the inside of the oyster shell, rather than within its tissue. The mollusc secretes nacre over the bead commonly known at this stage as a blister pearl. The pearl is then cut from the shell, and the nucleus is filled with resin, the back of the pearl is then capped with a piece of mother-of-pearl to complete the Mabe pearl. Mabe pearls usually take around 9-12 months to culture with each oyster producing an average of 4 – 6 Mabe pearls.