Perla Donna 18K Gold Embraced™ Mother-of-Pearl Carved Flower Ear Cuff

Ear cuffs are back and in a big way! Beautifully crafted in 18K yellow gold embraced™ bronze, you can go large and in charge with this statement piece. Five white and pale pink mother-of-pearl florals make this a show-stopper for a special occasion!

Details
  • Metal: 18K yellow gold embraced bronze
  • Stone Information: Five flower carved 8-15mm mother-of-pearls
  • Setting Type: Adhesive
  • Measurements: 2-11/16"L x 9/16"W x 1/8"H
  • Collection: Perla Donna
  • Country of Origin: Italy

How to Wear Your Ear Cuff
When you need to make a serious style statement, say it with an edgy ear cuff! Bold and decadent, this stylish piece should be the focal point of your ensemble, keeping other accessories to a minimum. Pull your hair back or sweep it to the side to properly show it off. Complement a cocktail dress for a fancy occasion with an adornment that is sure to get you noticed!

Mother-of-Pearl
Mother-of-pearl is found on the shells of mollusks, such as mussels and oysters, and the shells of pseudopods, such as snails. When the young of these creatures come into the world, they create a shell "house" in order to preserve their existence. The walls of this housing are formed with layers of their secretions, ensuring a simultaneous growth of house and creature together.

Depending on the type of animal and the environment in which it lives, secretions create various shapes and colors found on the different types of mother-of-pearl. White mother-of-pearl comes from pearl-bearing oysters. It features high reflective properties and is one of the most commonly used types of this material. Iridescent mother-of-pearl is a type in which the colors of pink and green are predominant, while variegated mother-of-pearl is a multicolored type. Stone mother-of-pearl is white with a low reflective power, while mat mother-of-pearl is dull grey and also has a low reflective power.

The shiny quality of mother-of-pearl has attracted attention for thousands of years. The Louvre Museum features mother-of-pearl objects that belonged to the Sumerians and were found in Mesopotamia. In China, a dish with geometric-shaped pieces of mother-of-pearl was found that belonged to the Tang Dynasty in 618-906 A.D. Mother-of-pearl work was also common in ancient Italy, Greece and Cyprus. Today, different types of mother-of-pearl are commonly used in the art world. This type of art is certainly a challenge, for in order for them to be made into works of art, the mother-of-pearl pieces must be thick enough to withstand being worked upon and be of high enough quality to beautifully reflect colors of the rainbow.

Vermeil Plating:
Pronounced "vermay," vermeil is an electroplating process in which 14K gold or higher is coated over sterling silver. Officially designated by the jewelry industry, items may only be sold as vermeil if they have a minimum thickness of 100 millionths of an inch (2.5 microns) of gold over the silver. Regular gold plating is less than 2.5 microns.

The "vermeil" technique of plating sterling silver with gold originated in France in the 1750s. It differs from "gold filled" or "gold plated" in terms of the thickness or thinness of the microns over sterling silver. "Gold filled" pieces have a much thicker layer, between 15 and 45 microns, which is mechanically bonded to the base metal with heat and pressure. Vermeil is a more expensive version of "gold plated". It does not wear off as quickly as gold plating does. However, over time, vermeil wears off and therefore will require re-plating.

Gold/Platinum Embraced Silver or Bronze:
Our platinum and gold embraced collections feature layers of platinum or gold over sterling silver or bronze for a lustrous, radiant finish everywhere you look and touch.

To care for your plated jewelry items:

  • Remove jewelry before bathing, swimming, washing hands, putting on make-up, lotions, perfumes, and/or working with household chemicals, cleaners, or acidic liquids.
  • Do not clean plated jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner or in silver cleaning solutions, as it could completely remove the plating finish from your item.
  • Ensure your jewelry item is thoroughly dry before storing. Moisture in an enclosed space can increase tarnishing.
  • Store your plated jewelry in a jewelry box lined with felt or anti-tarnish material. Items should not be stacked as this may cause damage to the plating surface.
  • Do not use excessive pressure when cleaning with a polishing cloth or soft brush, as this may cause damage to the plating.
  • Over time your plated items will need to be re-plated. Contact your local jeweler for information on plating services.

    Earring Back Types


    The backing is an important part of an earring, providing a secure closure and comfortable fit. Keep in mind, some earring styles work better with certain back types. Experiment with the different types to find the best fit for you!

    Butterfly Back: A double looped piece resembling a butterfly that fits over a post. Variations on this design are called push back clasps. The basic post and butterfly back are usually used for stud earrings and lighter weight drop earrings.

    Hinged Snap Backs: This clasp features a hinged post that snaps into a groove on the back of the earring. It is commonly found on hoops. Sometimes the hinged post is curved to provide more room to fit around the ear, sometimes called a saddleback.

    Hook Backs: This earring backing is simply a long, bent post that fits through the piercing. Hooks have several variations, most notably the shepherd's hook and the French hook. While thin wire hooks reduce the weight of long earrings, making them more comfortable, they aren't as secure as other clasp styles.

    Lever Back: A hinged lever snaps shut against the curved post to form a closed loop around the ear lobe. This clasp is very secure and good for large or medium sized styles that drop just below the ear.

    Omega: Also called French clips, this clasp has a straight post and a looped lever. The hinged lever closes around the post and is held against the ear with pressure. The omega clasp is the most secure clasp, especially for the larger, heavier earrings.

    Screw back: This backing is a slight variation of the standard post and butterfly nut back. Instead of pushing on the back, the nut twists onto the threaded post. A screw back post design is often preferred for expensive diamond stud earrings that require increased security.

  • About the Collection
    Proudly wear jewelry made for women, by women with Perla Donna™ - highly-stylized Italian jewelry crafted with genuine and simulated gemstones, crystals and 18K Gold Embraced™ Bronze. Designed exclusively for EVINE Live by Norma Lelli and her two cousins, Perla Donna is made at the family’s factory in Arezzo, Italy. Inspired by the Italian phrase per la donna, meaning “for the women,” the three cousins design each piece to represent the powerful yet feminine spirit of women.

    Discover luxurious Italian jewelry made just for you with Perla Donna.

    About the Guest
    Norma Lelli, Designer for Perla Donna, travels throughout Italy spotting fashion and jewelry trends, and creates beautiful jewelry with her two cousins. The team of three women design and create the collection. Well-versed in art, culture and travel, Norma was born in Arezzo, Italy and spent time living in Florence, Rome, Paris and Munich. Norma eventually settled in Italy, where she lives today with her husband (an Italian musician and orchestra conductor) and two children, Carmen and Ludwig.

    With a diverse background and over 15 years in the jewelry industry, Norma adds a touch of Italian flair and culture in every item she presents.

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