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(Grants Pass, Oregon)--Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®, America's Favorite Beading and Jewelry Supply Company®, announces a new line of B-grade cultured saltwater pearls that combine luxury with affordability.

Grown in the cool waters of the South China Sea, cultured saltwater pearls come from the akoya oyster, the smallest and most consistent pearl-producing oyster used today. Rivaling the quality of fine Japanese saltwater pearls, the akoya pearls of China have a similar luster and uniformity, making them a popular choice for jewelry-making.

The classic round to semi-round shape of the lustrous akoya pearl is consistent within each strand and features a light dusting of pink, iridescent overtones, giving each strand a timeless elegance with a high perceived value. Minor surface imperfections, barely discernable to the naked eye, keep consumer costs down while offering the look of luxury.

Sold in a lovely shade of sheer green organza fabric fashioned into a drawstring gift pouch, the saltwater pearls offer shoppers and jewelry artists the convenience of ready-to-go gift packaging. For reselling unfinished strands, add beading wire, crimp tubes and clasps to the gift bags for ready-to-make necklace and bracelet kits. Designers incorporating the pearls into finished jewelry can offer customers a beautiful gift bag at no additional cost.

Known for exceptional customer service, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has been the one-stop shop for jewelry-making wholesalers, retailers and designer-artists for over 37 years. The diverse product selection offers more than 116,000 hot jewelry-making supplies. Go online to get your free copy of the Jewelry Maker's Catalog and browse e-catalogs for all the fun of the catalog with the ease of the web!

Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists;
children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.

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