BY ARTHUR THOMAS
The freshwater pearls that are recovered from various varieties of unio mussels have enjoyed a long history of use in items of personal adornment.
The Romans, under Julius Caesar, invaded the Cassiterides or tin islands (Britain) in 55 BC in search of plunder and slaves. In addition to tin and zinc the islands were an important source of gold, silver, lead, wool and corn.
However the Romans did not discover the river pearls until 43 AD when the Emperor Claudius decided to occupy the islands and incorporate them into the Roman Empire. Continue reading…
In Japan the pearl farmers begin to lift their harvest in December. It is winter, the water is and nacre deposition has virtually stopped but they believe this is the time that the lustre of their pearls reaches its peak. In general the pearls of a “hamaage”, the Japanese name for a freshly lifted crop of cultured pearls, can exhibit a rather greenish in hue.
Once the flesh of the parent molluscs has been removed the whole crop is immersed in a saline solution. The pearls must be thoroughly cleaned before they undergo the preliminary sorting in which many substandard pearls are culled. The gem quality pearls destined to be sold undrilled are then removed which involves a further period of grading and selection. Continue reading…
A Pearl is a symbol of purity, fertility, loyalty and friendship and thought to be the hardened tears of Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
Saltwater cultured pearls are 10 times rarer than diamonds and like snowflakes no two pearls are exactly alike. Continue reading…
by Sally Chan Shih and Emiko Yazawa
Figure 1. A 2.12 ct natural freshwater pearl with the form of a fish.
The increased availability of freshwater cultured pearls in the market has brought their natural counterparts to the attention of collectors and the trade. Continue reading…
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Pearl Jewelry is an interesting and endless subject as variety is the Spice of life. Pearls have been fashionable for generations and never lose their attraction and beauty. Continue reading…
Pearl Farms – Marge Dawson
Many interesting and different Pearl Farms are scattered around the World. Pearls from rivers and lakes are called ‘freshwater pearls’ while all others are called ‘sea pearls’.
Hazards Pearl Farmers face, include wild storms at sea resulting in loss of crops, ‘Red Tides’ that use up the water’s oxygen, thieves that steal crops and others that blow up coral reefs for the calcium content.
It takes a minimum of 18 months to 2 years years for strong pearl nacre growth. Pearl divers need to continually clean the undergrowth off the oyster shells, growing in heavy wire baskets underwater, so that oysters can feed and grow their pearls. Continue reading…
by Marge Dawson
‘Pearls of Creation, A-Z of Pearls’ includes a comprehensive section, Abalone – Zooplankton, which is fully cross-referenced, and contains many interesting and beautiful color pictures throughout. It also contains a history of Pearl Farms, William Saville-Kent, ‘Pearly Kings & Queens’, and more stories of general interest.
My background includes approximately 51 years in Direct Marketing in various fields. The best of all was the 3 years of marketing “Pearls in the Oyster” where my passion for pearls grew and has never waned in all the years since.