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Brooks Brothers® 16" Gold Plated Mother-of-Pearl Bead Necklace w/ 2" Extender - 704-667

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704-667 - Brooks Brothers® 16'' Gold Plated  Mother-of-Pearl Bead Necklace w/ 2'' Extender
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Brooks Brothers® 16" Gold Plated Mother-of-Pearl Bead Necklace w/ 2" Extender

Fall in love with the beauty of Brooks Brothers! Perfect for day or night, this elegant necklace showcases reticulated mother-of-pearl beads on the 14K yellow gold over alloy chain. A wavy gold plated metal piece adorns the front while a 2” extender allows you to customize the length for any occasion.

The necklace measures 16”L x 1/2”W (tapers to 1/4”W) with a 2” extender. A lobster clasp attaches the design.

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Mother-of-pearl is found on the shells of mollusks, such as mussels and oysters, and the shells of pseudopods, such as snails. When the young of these creatures come into the world, they create a shell “house” in order to preserve their existence. The walls of this housing are formed with layers their of secretions, ensuring a simultaneous growth of house and creature together.

Depending on the type of animal and the environment in which it lives, secretions create various shapes and colors found on the different types of mother-of-pearl. “White” mother-of-pearl comes from pearl-bearing oysters. It features high reflective properties and is one of the most commonly used types of this material. “ Iridescent” mother-of-pearl is a type in which the colors of pink and green are predominant, while “variegated” mother-of-pearl is a multicolored type. “Stone” mother-of-pearl is white with a low reflective power, while “mat” mother-of-pearl is dull grey and also has a low reflective power.

The shiny quality of mother-of-pearl has attracted attention for thousands of years. The Louvre Museum features mother-of-pearl objects that belonged to the Sumerians and were found in Mesopotamia. In China, a dish with geometric-shaped pieces of mother-of-pearl was found that belonged to the Tang Dynasty in 618-906 A.D. Mother-of-pearl work was also common in ancient Italy, Greece and Cyprus. Today, different types of mother-of-pearl are commonly used in the art world. This type of art is certainly a challenge, for in order for them to be made into works of art, the mother-of-pearl pieces must be thick enough to withstand being worked upon and be of high enough quality to beautifully reflect colors of the rainbow.

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