Judi McCormick / cultured pearls

Men in Pearls-a continuing investigation

Men in Pearls-a continuing investigation

Tonight is the first game of the World Series (baseball...). Joc Pederson has received a lot of press about wearing a string of pearls while playing the outfield for the Atlanta Braves. He is playing tonight. Will he be wearing his pearls??
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The Colors of White Pearls

The Colors of White Pearls

While for many of you, white is white, in the pearl world many pearls are known for their specific hue of white.
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What are Biogenic Materials?

What are Biogenic Materials?

Historically, gem materials of a biological origin were called organic. The term organic can be confusing as a definition by itself because of its use as a clarifying word for natural substance that has had no additional chemical intervention. 
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Philippine South Sea Pearls

Philippine South Sea Pearls

Philippine South Sea Pearls grow in the Pinctada Maxima oyster. It is one of the largest oysters in the world.
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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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How Long Does It Take To Grow A Pearl?

How Long Does It Take To Grow A Pearl?

There isn't a simple answer to this question. There are many factors that determine how long a pearl must grow in a mollusk.
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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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