Pearls are known as the "Queen of Gems" and in centuries gone by were held in even higher regard than diamonds. Pearls were so expensive that legend has it a Roman general financed an entire military campaign with the sale of just one of his Mother's Pearl earrings. Many also believe that Cleopatra persuaded Marc Anthony that Egypt was above conquer by giving the worlds most expensive banquet, crushing one of a pair of pearls worth in todays money $10,000,000 into a glass of wine before drinking it. Our cultured freshwater pearl necklace is just as beautiful as ancient pearls but much more accessible. Our 48" rice pearl necklace is enhanced with a sculpted solid silver rose clasp and comes with care instructions and a magnificent presentation case.