Short 19cm strand of small rice shaped B grade fresh water pearl beads. Note that the size of bead on each strand varies considerably, with an average of 6mm x 4mm to 7mm x 4.5mm, and a small hole (approximately 0.5mm wide). There are approximately 30 pearls per strand, available in a creamy ivory colour (creamy tone with a slight overtone lustre). The rice shape refers to the oval type shape of these beads, but as per the photo the shape does vary considerably, with some beads that would be better described as nuggets. Many of the beads have ridges along them, as per the photo.
Freshwater pearl beads are a natural product that have been created by teams of technicians implanting donor tissue into freshwater mussels. The mussels coat the foreign matter with nacre, producing a shiny lustrous pearl. This process is done on a mass scale (compared to that of the saltwater pearls), resulting in an inexpensive product enjoyed by many.
Please note that colours and shapes within semi-precious gemstones vary from strand to strand.