Cultured pearls

  • What are Baroque Pearls ?
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    What are Baroque Pearls ?

    When describing the shape of a pearl, baroque is a term that is used to describe irregular and non-symmetrically shaped pearls that have been forme...

  • How to tell Real Pearls from an Imitation Pearl
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    How to tell Real Pearls from an Imitation Pearl

    Is there an obvious difference between real and fake pearls ? Here are a few tips on how to tell real pearls from an imitation pearl. It is often sa...

  • What is the Lustre of a Pearl ?
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    What is the Lustre of a Pearl ?

    A pearl's iridescence is known as lustre and is absolutely unique to pearls, different to any other gemstone. When grading pearls, highly prized pea...

  • The Beauty of South Sea Pearls
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    The Beauty of South Sea Pearls

    Naturally occurring South Sea pearls are virtually unknown today on the world market. Although experiments in culturing South Sea pearls began as ea...

  • What Are Tahitian Pearls ?
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    What Are Tahitian Pearls ?

    The most exotic and original of pearls are farmed in the lagoons of five archipelagos of atolls and islands, mainly in French Polynesia. Also known...

  • What are Japanese Akoya Pearls?
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    What are Japanese Akoya Pearls?

    The iconic Akoya pearl is probably the most well known type of pearl and is prized for the quality of its nacre and lustre and for its near perfect...

  • Freshwater Pearls from a Mussel
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    Freshwater Pearls from a Mussel

    Freshwater pearls are cultured around the world, including in countries such as Japan and the USA. Over the last twenty years the Chinese have perfe...

  • The Emergence Of Cultured Pearls
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    The Emergence Of Cultured Pearls

    Following the invention of the cultured pearl, a revolution began to take place in the world of pearls. Pearl diving and over-fishing in the late 1...

  • The Cartier Necklace And Mrs Plant
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    The Cartier Necklace And Mrs Plant

    In 1917 enthusiastic New-Yorkers gawped at a double string necklace of natural pearls valued at $1 million, and said to be the finest in the Western...

  • How Are Pearls Formed
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    How Are Pearls Formed

    A natural pearl might start with an itch, although most pearl experts now agree that the 'grain of sand' is nor more than a myth. When a small seed...

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