Ocean Treasures – Mini Bronze Sea Star and Freshwater Pearl Earrings
You may be surprised to know that pearl farming is a sustainable practice that helps keep waterways pristine.
Pearls are the result of marine oysters and freshwater mussels using their natural defense against irritants such as a parasite entering their shell. The oyster or mussel slowly secretes layers of aragonite and conchiolin, materials that also make up the shell, forming a uniquely beautiful pearl over time.
Oysters and mussels filter water constantly while they breathe and feed. In the process, these bivalve mollusks significantly reducing water pollution by gobbling up dangerous chemicals and nitrogen in the water benefiting to the environments where they are found or farmed.
In addition, pearl farming can provide jobs in some of the most remote and exotic places in the world. It can take years of nurturing to patiently grow pearls.
The mini sea star charm made of yellow bronze and measures almost 1/2″ wide each. The tiny pearls have a sterling silver finding and measure 5mm. The 1" hoops are made of .925 Sterling Silver.
Hand crafted in Southern California using yellow bronze, .925 Sterling Silver and freshwater pearls.