Judi McCormick / natural pearls

The Incredible, Gorgeous, Irresistible Sea of Cortez Pearl Story

The Incredible, Gorgeous, Irresistible Sea of Cortez Pearl Story

The Sea of Cortez is between Baja, California and Northwestern Mexico. For over 400 years, it has been known for the quality of colorful, lustrous pearls.

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Why Are Keshi Pearls, Pearls Gone Wild?

Why Are Keshi Pearls, Pearls Gone Wild?

Keshi pearls are created accidentally by the mollusk. It is either a second growth byproduct after a nucleated pearl has matured or grown after a nucleus is rejected by the mollusk. They are total nacre.
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Bill Abernathy-Little Willie Pearl

Bill Abernathy-Little Willie Pearl

Bill Abernathy, the founder of the famous Little Wille Pearl passed away on November 26th at the age of 96. He was also famous for many pearl discoveries in Scotland before the ban on pearl fishing in the UK.

Not only was he an extraordinary pearl fisherman, he was just a delightful spirit.

May he rest in peace.

For more on the Little Willie Pearl, go to my blog, 

https://judimccormickjewelry.com/blogs/judi-mccormick/famous-pearls-abernethy-pearl?_pos=1&_sid=329a2bee6&_ss=r

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The Imperial Hong Kong Pearl or The Miracle of the Sea

The Imperial Hong Kong Pearl or The Miracle of the Sea

This very large 127.5 carat pearl is a silvery white Baroque pearl. In the Renaissance period, Baroque pearls were highly valued for their unique shapes, which highlighted their luster and colors.

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Famous Pearls-Abernethy Pearl

Famous Pearls-Abernethy Pearl

The Abernethy Pearl or Little Willie as it is affectionately known, was "fished" out of the River Tay in Perth, Scotland in 1967. It is known as the most perfectly spherical and largest natural pearl to be found.
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The World's Oldest Pearl

The World's Oldest Pearl

In 2017 this peach colored pearl was discovered in an excavation site on the island of Marawah off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
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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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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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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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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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