Judi McCormick

The Importance of Australian Pearl Farming

The Importance of Australian Pearl Farming

There is a rich history of pearl harvesting and farming in Australia. The great boom came with the discovery of rich oyster beds off the north-western coast of Australia and the use of compressed air diving suits in the mid-nineteenth century.

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Understanding the Natural Color of Pearls

Understanding the Natural Color of Pearls

There are several reasons for the different colors of pearls. The most important is the mollusk species along with the donor or mantle tissue that is inserted into the gonads of the cultured pearl sac. There is also the chemical condition and pigmentation of the water source where the pearls are grown.

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Kasumigaura Pearls

Kasumigaura Pearls

Only pearls cultivated in Lake Kasumi ga Ura in Japan can be labeled Kasumigaura pearls. These pearls have natural colors and an metallic surface luster have made these pearls unusual.
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What Are Japanese Industry Pearl Auctions?

What Are Japanese Industry Pearl Auctions?

To get pearls to our retail market, pearls must go through a series of auctions to brokers to finisher factories. The. most mysterious are the pearl auctions.
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The Cowdry Black Natural Pearl Necklace

The Cowdry Black Natural Pearl Necklace

Photo courtesy of Christies Catalogue

The most expensive Tahitian Pearl necklace in the world.

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What Is The Most Expensive Pearl Neckace Ever Sold?

What Is The Most Expensive Pearl Neckace Ever Sold?

photo courtesy of Sothebys Auction House

Pearls are most seductive and there are many reasons for a pearl necklace to be sold for a mouth watering amount. As well as the beauty of a piece, most often it will have something to do with who owned it previously. 

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How A Chinese Actress Upended The Tahitian Pearl Market

How A Chinese Actress Upended The Tahitian Pearl Market

Ni Ni an acclaimed Chinese Actress/infuencer and pearl lover, celebrated the success of her latest movie with a stunning social media campaign of 30 selfies showing her love of Tahitian pearls.
This had an astonishing effect on the pearl market.
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Sweden's Cameo Tiara

Sweden's Cameo Tiara

This tiara is one of the most unusual and wonderful pieces of jewelry still being worn today. The tiara now belongs to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
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Mikimoto Pearl Masterclass

Mikimoto Pearl Masterclass

This is what I learned in Mikimoto's Pearl Masterclass.
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Intriguing Information About Pearls Used In Medicine and Cosmetics

Intriguing Information About Pearls Used In Medicine and Cosmetics

I just finished reading a paper published by the National Institutes of Health in May 2021. I had no idea that Pearl powder used in medicines and cosmetics has had such a long history and continues to develop much interest.
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Baroque Pearl Figures

Baroque Pearl Figures

These are pictures that I took of Anna Maria de'Medici's Baroque Pearl Figurines in the Argente wing of Florences Pitti Palace last spring. 
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Report on the Pearl Market from the 2023 Hong Show in September
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