How pearls are formed

  • Interview with Melanie Georgacopoulos
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    Interview with Melanie Georgacopoulos

    Melanie Georgacopoulos is renowned for her work reinventing the pearl for a younger 21st century audience. Today’s renewed fascination with the g...

  • A Peek at the Pearls of Carl Linnaeus
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    A Peek at the Pearls of Carl Linnaeus

    The world of pearls can hold many surprises, but it is not everyday that you have an opportunity to view a historic treasure secured safely beneath...

  • Fascinated by Pearls: William Saville-Kent
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    Fascinated by Pearls: William Saville-Kent

    One of the most influential and unsung pioneers of the modern day cultured pearl industry was an Englishman called William Saville-Kent. Many popula...

  • Pink Pearls, Glamour and Lipstick
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    Pink Pearls, Glamour and Lipstick

    Eternally feminine, the colour pink represents love, prettiness, cuteness and old-school glamour. Midway between the colour red and the purple hues...

  • Blue Pearl Secrets of the Abalone Sea Snail
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    Blue Pearl Secrets of the Abalone Sea Snail

    Abalones are large sea snails with a secret. Brown and grey on the outside, and covered in seaweed, they hide a world of iridescent blue pearl colo...

  • The Rare Pink Pearls of Queen Conch
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    The Rare Pink Pearls of Queen Conch

    Pearls can be formed by different types of molluscs other than saltwater oysters and freshwater mussels. One of the most celebrated and rarest types...

  • Small is Beautiful - What are Seed Pearls?
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    Small is Beautiful - What are Seed Pearls?

    The use of seed pearls in fine jewellery throughout the latter part of the 19th century was immensely popular. Elaborately decorated brooches, tiara...

  • An Introduction to Pearl Colour
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    An Introduction to Pearl Colour

    One of the most beautiful and unique qualities of a pearl is its colour. The popular image of a cultured pearl is that it should be pure and white,...

  • Pits, Chips and Bumps on the Surface
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    Pits, Chips and Bumps on the Surface

    Look closely at this image of these beautiful baroque Tahitian pearls and it is possible to see several small blemishes and imperfections on the sur...

  • What are Coin Pearls and how are these flat pearls made?
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    What are Coin Pearls and how are these flat pearls made?

    Coin pearls are pretty flat-shaped cultured pearls that can be worn casually during the day and add a touch of individual glamour to the evening. S...

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