Stone(s): 1 piece genuine rough rhodonite (20 carats), 1 genuine fresh water pearl, 3 pieces genuine white topaz (2.8 carats)
Overall Dimension (including bail): 1.9 x 0.9 x 0.5 inches
Inner Bail Diameter: 6 mm
Weight: 13.7 grams
Stamp/Mark: Starborn, 925
Serial Number: p23409
Natural pearls are formed when an foreign object becomes trapped in the shell of an oyster or pearl and the animal surrounds the object with several mineral layers in order to protect its soft tissue. Most pearls sold today are farmed pearls, created by intentionally inserting small mother-of-pearl beads in the oyster's shell. The resulting pearls are harvested up to two years later. Pearls come in a range of pastel colors from cream to blue to pink, and irregularly shaped pearls are often called "baroque" pearls. Mabe pearls are hemispherical cultured pearls grown against the inside shell of an oyster rather than in the mollusk's body. Mabe pearls are typically used in settings such as that conceal their flat backs.
Rhodonite is an opaque rose-colored silicate mineral often occurring with veins of gray-black manganese oxide. Occasionally carved, it is generally used in the cabochon form. Gem quality stones are mined in many countries around the world.
Derived from "tapaz," the Sanskrit word for fire, topaz is one of the most brilliant cut gemstones in existence. Topaz comes in a variety of colors from yellow to blue, and deeper blues and pinks are often created by heat-treating stones. Brazil is the world's top exporter of topaz.