The pearls used in Hele necklaces are circled Tahitian black pearls, chosen for their consistency and exotic look. They are called "circled" black pearls because of the circular patterns within their surface. Though no two pearls are alike, each pearl is hand selected for its size, appearance, color, and luster to be consistent and uniform with all pearls in this collection. The pearls are consistent with the export laws and regulations of the government of French Polynesia. No artificial or manufacturing process has been used to alter or enhance them. The color, luster and finish of each pearl are guaranteed to be natural.

The pearls will range in size from 8.0 - 9.5mm and the spectrum of color ranges within mostly green tones and includes shades of blue, red and silver. Variations between the pearls will exist that makes each pearl a rare and valuable gem.

The necklace is a leather cord, specially made to meet our specific durability and quality standards. We have found this to be the best material for its natural feel, drape, and durability. The leather is very uniform in cross section and color. The clasps for all necklaces are engineered to be strong and are secured with a proprietary method that has multiple steps. It takes time to make each necklace, and we wanted to make sure it would hold up to the use and abuse the necklaces get from our users. We will repair for free any defect in the clasp, contact us if a problem ever develops.

Each Piece is shipped in a specially designed gift package. The jewelry comes soft mounted on a presentation card that contains a certificate of origin and instructions on caring for the pearl.

About the Pearl Farm
The pearl farms Hele sources its pearls from are located among several islands of French Polynesia. Hele typically works with smaller farms rather than large commercial operations, as this lends more flexibility and control over product quality.

A typical pearl farm has a grafting shack situated over a lagoon; beneath the shack in the surrounding waters are the oyster beds. The quality of a pearl is directly linked to the health of the oyster producing it. The cleaner the environment, the healthier the oyster; French Polynesia has very pure water as a result the pearls from this region are among the highest quality in the world.

The Process
The process of "planting" and maturing a pearl within an oyster is called, "grafting". This involves inserting a pearl nucleus into an oyster. Once an oyster is grafted, it is returned to the water where it stays for well over a year. Periodically, they are checked to see how the pearl is developing. Removing a pearl from an oyster requires surgical precision. When the pearl is ready to be harvested, the mature pearl is removed from the oyster, a new nucleus is inserted and the cycle continues. Continual grafting of an oyster will produce a pearl about every 18 months. The average oyster will produce 3 to 5 pearls in its lifetime producing larger and larger pearls as it grows older.

The color and luster of each pearl is derived from the inside of the shell of the oyster that produces it. This is the result of light diffracting off prismatic layers within the shell. This is also the basis for the design of the ocean necklace. Its shape and polishing technique bring out the vibrant colors.

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