Cultured Pearl and Amethyst Bracelet
This pretty cultured pearl and amethyst bracelet is made up of semi-precious Zambian Amethyst Beads which have the darker purple & fresh water cultured potato pearls. It is also fastened with a silver plated boltring clasp and strung on silver wire.
About the Components used:
A pearl is formed when the mantle tissue is injured by a parasite, or an attack of a fish. Or another event that damages the external fragile rim of the shell of a mollusk shell bivalve or gastropod. In response, the mantle tissue of the mollusk secretes nacre into the pearl sac. Which causes the cyst that forms during the healing process. Chemically speaking, this is calcium carbonate and a fibrous protein called conchiolin. As the nacre builds up in layers of minute aragonite tablets. This fills the growing pearl sac and eventually forms a pearl. It is a myth that a grain of sand or grit can cause a pearl to form. As nacre does not adhere to inorganic substances.
Amethyst was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians and was largely employed in antiquity for intaglio engraved gems. Also the Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication. Furthermore in medieval times European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle. In the belief that amethysts heal people and kept them cool-headed. Finally beads of amethyst were found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England.