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Bryan and Maria Chapin-Cao

Maria and Bryan Chapin-Cao first met in Beijing during an intercultural exchange outing. After more than two years of traveling and living together, they married in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in Beijing. "Pearls by Nature" is their consuming passion.

Traveling through central China, Maria and Bryan met and befriended a wonderful group of pearl "farmers". These farmers facilitate the growth of pearls in a process called "culturing", using techniques first developed over one hundred years ago that are constantly being improved. Pearl culturing involves implanting an irritant into the body of the mollusk and then placing the mollusk into proper growing conditions. Our Chinese friends culture their pearls inland, therefore create pearls in a condition called "freshwater". These small freshwater ponds are nurtured and the water quality monitored for three to five years before harvest. This process is environmentally friendly because it requires the ecosystem to be clean and carefully tended. All parts of the mollusk are used, creating no waste. The body of the mollusk is used for both human and animal consumption. The pearls are highly sought after, and the shell is used for both jewelry and as an organic fertilizer.

"We find pearls to be naturally beautiful, no two being exactly the same. We make our jewelry in such a way as to bring out the exotic luster and natural beauty that has been a symbol of wealth and beauty for women since the dawn of recorded history. We take great pride in our work and our unique creations give us great joy, a joy equal in parts to knowing that there will be someone purchasing our work who can understand and appreciate the intrinsic beauty, which we have labored so hard to bring forth."

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CHAPIN-CAO: Bracelet, Silver/Grey Pearls

CHAPIN-CAO: Bracelet, Silver/Grey Pearls

Bryan and Maria Chapin-Cao bring us delights from inland pearl "farms" with these sumptuous silver/grey 10-11mm cultured freshwater pearls. This is an approximately 8-1/2-inch-long, expertly hand-knotted bracelet that delivers extraordinary color and nacre, the pearls being completely natural (not dyed or otherwise enhanced). Sterling silver...
$425.00

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CHAPIN-CAO: Necklace, Multi-Colored Pearls

CHAPIN-CAO: Necklace, Multi-Colored Pearls

Bryan and Maria Chapin-Cao bring us delights from inland pearl "farms" with these outstanding multi-colored cultured freshwater 16mm rice pearls, in soft spring-like tones ranging from mauve-grey through pinks and peaches, whites and off-whites. This is an 18-inch-long, expertly handknotted strand that delivers extraordinary color and nacre, the...
$1,195.00

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CHAPIN-CAO: Necklace, Peach Pearls

CHAPIN-CAO: Necklace, Peach Pearls

Bryan and Maria Chapin-Cao bring us delights from inland pearl "farms" with these delightful 14-15mm cultured freshwater pearls. This is an 18-inch-long, expertly handknotted strand that delivers extraordinary light peach color and nacre, the pearls being completely natural (not dyed or otherwise enhanced). Sterling silver spring-pin clasp. Please...
$495.00

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CHAPIN-CAO: Necklace, Silver/Grey Pearls

CHAPIN-CAO: Necklace, Silver/Grey Pearls

Bryan and Maria Chapin-Cao bring us delights from inland pearl "farms" with these sumptuous silver/grey 11-13mm cultured freshwater pearls. This is a 40-inch-long, expertly handknotted strand that delivers extraordinary color and nacre, the pearls being completely natural (not dyed or otherwise enhanced). Because of the easy-to-work sterling...
$985.00

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CHAPIN-CAO: Silver-Grey Pearl Necklace, 18"

CHAPIN-CAO: Silver-Grey Pearl Necklace, 18"

Silver grey freshwater pearl necklace, 9-10mm, 18". Sterling silver S-hook clasp. Natural color. Off-round with tiny blemishes.
$125.00

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CHAPIN-CAO: White Pearl Necklace, 18"

CHAPIN-CAO: White Pearl Necklace, 18"

White freshwater pearl necklace, 10-11mm, 18". Sterling silver lobster clasp.
$225.00

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CHAPIN-CAO: White Pearl Necklace, 18"

CHAPIN-CAO: White Pearl Necklace, 18"

Excellent quality white pearls in this 18" long necklace. Pearls are 9-10mm and nearly round. Sterling silver bullet clasp.
$310.00

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