freshwater pearl


: a usually very small pearl produced by a freshwater mollusk

Examples of freshwater pearl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My earrings were a lush cluster of flowers and leaf-like gemstones, complemented by a single, dangling freshwater pearl. Alexandra MacOn, Vogue, 5 Dec. 2023 The designer number featured 50,000 freshwater pearls and 16,000 crystal pearls and took one dozen artisans 1,000 hours to craft. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 26 Oct. 2023 Mateo velvet pearl choker Made with velvet, and accented with a freshwater pearl, this choker necklace can actually be styled in more than one way, and will make any fashion girl ecstatic. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 10 Oct. 2023 The dress, which hugged her hourglass figure, featured 50,000 freshwater pearls and 16,000 crystal pearls. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 2 May 2023 Their recent discoveries include a worn knife blade, a snowshoe for a horse and a rare arrow made with a freshwater pearl mussel. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 This year, Kim Kardashian stunned with 50,000 freshwater pearls at the Met Gala, courtesy of Schiaparelli’s Daniel Roseberry. Alice Cary, Vogue, 9 July 2023 This pearl necklace is made with cultured freshwater pearls, each measuring around 4–4.5 millimeters in size. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 2 May 2023 From this 4-Carat Diamond Riviera Necklace that’s 51% off ($2,999, originally $6,099) to a beautiful pair of freshwater pearl and diamond stud earrings for just $249.98, down from $399, the Zales Cyber Monday sale is sure to make your holidays shine even brighter. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, 29 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of freshwater pearl was in 1625

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“Freshwater pearl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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