Judi McCormick

Pearl Pioneers- Nicholas Paspaley (Picture of Nick and his sister in 1932)

Pearl Pioneers- Nicholas Paspaley (Picture of Nick and his sister in 1932)

It all started out as a wonderful wild adventure for 19 year old Nick Paspaley in the 1930s. 
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Men in Pearls

Men in Pearls

What a delightful subject. There are just some guys that can pull this off in varying degrees of commitment. Here is the Surfer Style and then there are other men that go all the way.
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The Short History of the Tahitian Pearl

The Short History of the Tahitian Pearl

You may not know that the Tahitian Pearl, which is so well known today and worn proudly by so many, has only been acknowledged as jewelry since the 1970s.
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Birth of Venus

Pearl Symbolism-Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli

You can't talk about pearl symbolism without starting with Sandro Botticelli's painting of The Birth of Venus.
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The HOP Project-creating a label for pearl identification

The HOP Project-creating a label for pearl identification

I have been reading about this interesting project of developing a system for identifying details of a pearl's origin, treatments, and quality. The prestigious science journal, Gemmology, vol 34 no 6, published an analysis of the results.

I wrote to Jean Pierre Le Polles to ask his permission to include this very new news in my blog here. And he responded favorably.

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What Are the Rarest and Most Valuable Pearls?

What Are the Rarest and Most Valuable Pearls?

Many of you know that South Sea Pearls are the most valuable of the different types of pearls, but do you know why?
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Main Pearl Producing Mollusks-Let's Start with the Pinctada Maxima Oyster

Main Pearl Producing Mollusks-Let's Start with the Pinctada Maxima Oyster

Many mollusks can produce pearls, but there are only a few that can produce pearls that are of a quality good enough for jewelry.

One of the most stunning is the Pinctada Maxima Australian South Sea pearl oyster.

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This Tiara Could Be Yours!

This Tiara Could Be Yours!

Sothebys is auctioning off this fabulous tiara from a royal family on May 11 in Geneva, but you don't have to be in Geneva to bid. You can bid online, like everything else today. This is the story of the House of Savoy Tiara.
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Chocolate Pearls

Chocolate Pearls

"Chocolate Pearls" is the suggestive trade name for cultured pearls with a brown body color.

I have these 13-13.5mm Chocolate Pearls if you desire something that I could. make for you.

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The Color of South Sea Pearls

The Color of South Sea Pearls

Today is Earth Day and our most valuable earth friendly gem, the pearl is a wonder of colors and luster. Why do pearls have different colors?
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Some of the Ecological Problems in Pearl Farming

Some of the Ecological Problems in Pearl Farming

As if pearl farming wasn't difficult as it is, there are the added problems of an ecological disaster that can devastate a pearl farm. Climate is incredibly important to pearl farming's delicate balance.
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Bead Nuclei Production in Vietnam

Bead Nuclei Production in Vietnam

HaLong Bay in northern Vietnam is where most of the pearl farms are working. HaLong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the pristine waters are a major component of this industry. I traveled to HaLong Bay in 2011 to visit pearl farms.
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