This storied multi-strand natural pearl necklace is said to have originally been owned by the Russian empress Catherine the Great. The stunning layout was purchased by Cartier after the Russian Revolution in 1917, who was an avid collector of Russian imperial jewelry.
Cartier then sold the necklace to Horace Dodge, founder of the Dodge Motor Company, for $825,000 USD – in today’s dollars, that amounts to a jaw-dropping $70 Million USD.
The Dodge Necklace was kept within the Dodge family for generations, and was at some point broken into three different pearl necklaces, with a Single Strand, a Double-Strand and a Triple Strand Pearl Necklace remaining ...
Cultured Akoya pearls were first born in Japan around 1912. The “Father of Cultured Pearls” is Kokichi Mikimoto, the man responsible for bringing cultured Akoya pearls to the world.
Today, the Akoya pearl is cultured on pearl farms located in Japan, China and Vietnam.
Japan is still known far and wide as the producer of the finest Akoya pearls in the world.
Akoya pearls are known around the world as having the highest quality luster of all pearl types. The luster is so sharp, shiny and reflective that Akoya pearls are often described as having “Mirror-sharp” or “Ball-bearing” luster.
The cold waters of the Pacific Ocean are the Akoya oyster's special secret for how it creates its "mirror-like" luster. The colder temperatures of the water slow down the oyster's metabolism. This causes nacre secreted around the bead nucleus to get packed very tightly together in concentric layers. The more tightly packed these layers are, the brighter and sharper the pearl's luster.
Diamonds and pearls go together like April Showers and May Flowers!
Add a little sparkle to this classic leverback style earring, with genuine G-VS1 quality diamonds -- 0.085 cttw.. The saltwater Tahitian pearls have a smooth surface and thick nacre, giving them significant luster.
Available in AAA grade quality, all our pearls are paired by hand to assure the highest quality of matching for our earrings. Our pearl earrings are securely hand-mounted to solid 14K white or yellow gold diamond leverbacks.
Because of our founder's direct contacts in French Polynesia, we're able to offer our Tahitian pearls for 1/5th the price of traditional luxury retailers -- without sacrificing quality, luster or color.