Most gems are formed in the deep dark places of the earth and emerge as spectacular potential. Human care and creativity then release their true beauty with glittering cuts. Pearls were once the great exception, found hidden in clam shells in the depths of the sea, fully formed in all their glory! Before we began to cultivate them at the turn of the 20th century, they were only found in nature and therefore had a rarity that reserved them only for the wealthiest noble classes. Their allure has not subsided with their modern abundance. Perhaps it is the inherent sweetness of something so pure, so feminine and sweet, emerging from the dark depths. Natural pearls like these are increasingly rare in the modern world, and certainly places them in the 19th century. We've replaced the old clasp with an adorable 14k gold flower clasp that compliments the loveliness of the natural pearls. It was made around 1980 and features a cultured pearl in the center. Three strands give the dainty pearls a more substantial look around the collar where they lay beautifully. They measure about 15 inches long and their clasp is about 1/2 inch wide.