This opulent pearl rests atop of an 18K white gold ring. It shines with a lustrous glow that seems to originate from within the center of this rare beauty. The size of the pearl is a testament to the time and patience that it took to cultivate such a precocious natural gem. It takes several years for a pearl to grow to be this size inside of the mollusk, an investment that yields a beautiful product that makes the wait well worthwhile. The pearl receives its luster and rainbow-like sheen, known as the orient, from the mollusk in which it grows. Many factors can affect how the pearl ends up in the end, including the weather and the variations in the oyster species. In this instance, the 15.5 mm south sea pearl ended up having a light grey undertone with overtone hues that range from light pink to light aquamarine. The mounting that it sits in is surrounded by a ring of pave set diamonds, with a total diamond weight of 0.41 carats, which are expertly set so close together that there almost seems to be a continuous line of diamonds.