Early in the 20th century, people discovered how to induce the transformation of a grain of sand into an organic gem, the pearl. Since that time, the natural irregularities of baroque cultured pearls have been treasured by women all over the world. These cultured freshwater pearls are available in shades of honeysuckle, goldenrod, lavender, and rose and are strung on generous elastic. The colors of these bracelets coordinate beautifully together or can be worn singly. Read more about pearls in the June 1997 National Geographic.