Long ago in another time all pearl jewelry was natural. And by natural we mean, the organic jewel of a lowly bi-valve developed spontaneously inside a mollusk hiding in the dark murky ocean. Pearl jewelry pre-dating the 20th century in its original state--without tampering, is the genuine deal.
Ancient legends tell of an extravagant Cleopatra removing her colossal pearl earring in front of Marc Antony at an elaborate banquet. Tossing it in her goblet--it instantly dissolved in the wines' acid. Gulp. Down it went, proving to her lover and revelers that she could throw the priciest shindig around.