Details: This luxurious bracelet is crafted of fine 92.5 sterling silver, fresh water pearls, and crystal glass. Pearls have a timeless look that never go out of style. The crystal glass adds a flashy expensive aura to the bracelet. Wonderful gift for a loved one or yourself! Comes with gift box. About Freshwater Cultured Pearls. These pearls are gathered from freshwater lake and river mollusks. Most Freshwater pearls come from China and they can be mostly round to off-round. They look similar to Akoya pearls, but are the perfect gift when on a budget. They might be slightly less symmetrical, smaller, or not as easily matched, but these minor differences provide a major value for the price. Cultivation Pearls are produced naturally in the body of salt and freshwater mollusks, such as oysters and mussels. When these animals sense an irritant, such as a grain of sand, they produce a soft coating of calcium carbonate substance around it. The result is a pearl. Because perfectly round, naturally produced pearls are so rare, a process known as cultivation was developed in the early 1900s. A small bead of polished shell, the nucleus, is used as an irritant and delicately inserted into the mantle of a mollusk. It takes approximately 20-24 months of intensive husbandry to cultivate a saltwater pearl and somewhat less time to cultivate freshwater pearls. The harvest usually takes place during the months of June and September. About Sterling Silver Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals which include copper, zinc, nickel, germanium and platinum. The purpose of the alloy is to harden and strengthen the silver. Fine silver or pure silver which is 99.9% silver is much softer than sterling silver and is not practical to wear as everyday jewelry.