What are Keshi Pearls?

What are Keshi Pearls?

Keshi Pearls are a little known form of, what I like to describe as, "pearls gone wild". Keshi Pearls are smaller and grown as a second growth of a cultured pearl or if the first nucleation is rejected.
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Cultured Pearls vs Cultured (Lab Grown) Diamonds

Cultured Pearls vs Cultured (Lab Grown) Diamonds

The Pearl industry has made a major effort to educate the public about cultured pearls for the last 50 years. It has been 100 years since the designation of the word "cultured" to the farmed pearl. So, why is the lab grown diamond using the designation of "cultured" to market its synthetic diamonds?
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Men in Pearls

Men in Pearls

As you see from these portraits, there is a considerable history of men wearing pearls throughout history to signify their importance. 

From the Qing dynasty in China, there is the Yongzheng Emperor and the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala in royal pearls.

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The Grain of Sand Myth

The Grain of Sand Myth

No one really knows how this theory began. It certainly has a romantic appeal, but no scientific basis.

What is the true story?

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The Hope Pearl

The Hope Pearl

All pearls are unique, but there are some historically significantly unique pearls and The Hope Pearl is one of them. Of course you have heard of the Hope Diamond, but there is the Hope Pearl, as well.
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The Pink Pearl, a Non Nacreous Pearl

The Pink Pearl, a Non Nacreous Pearl

Nacreous pearls are the pearls that we mostly talk about and see. These are the South Sea Pearls, Tahitians, and Freshwater Pearls. Non nacreous pearls are grown in conch shells. There are many varieties, but the main ones are the Conch Pearls and the Melo Melo Pearls. 
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A Fifth Avenue Mansion Traded for Pearls?

A Fifth Avenue Mansion Traded for Pearls?

A millionaire, Morton Plant traded his Fifth Avenue Mansion for a 2 stranded Cartier Necklace of natural pearls. This was the extreme value of natural pearls in the very early 20th century.
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Golden South Sea Pearls

Golden South Sea Pearls

Golden South Sea Pearls are some of the most valuable pearls cultured today. The most beautiful and most valuable are the deep golden colored pearls grown in the gold lipped variety of the Pinctada maxima South Sea oyster.
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Acceptable Finishing Techniques for Pearls

Acceptable Finishing Techniques for Pearls

This woman is working on a pearl farm to open and clean oysters for their pearls.
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Tips For Buying Pearls

Tips For Buying Pearls

Buying pearls should be a very tactile experience as well as visual. The nacre IS the pearl and that is what you will be judging. Of course, the design of the piece is part of your decision, but that is personal. I want you to get the best pearls and here are a few suggestions to help you make that decision.
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Pearls as a Sustainable Gem

Pearls as a Sustainable Gem


This is a big topic and I may split it into a couple of blogs. There are so many facets to sustainability.
Sustainability is acting to avoid  the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. Oysters are naturally a great source to maintain the marine biodiversity because they are filter feeders. 

 

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Nucleation of an Oyster

Nucleation of an Oyster

Nucleation Nucleation is the process of surgically implanting a spherical “starter” mother of pearl bead into the gonad organ of (in saltwater) oysters or (in freshwater) mussels. It is an extremely delicate operation to slice into the organ without harming the mollusk. Along with the bead, a tiny piece of mantel tissue that is cut...
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