At over 700 pages long, I go to Strack's book whenever I have a question about pearls.
Abalone pearls are a rare natural pearl. The mollusk, Haliotis is the mother to these iridescent pearl. But she is unable to clot her wounds and thus it is impossible to implant a nucleus to culture a pearl. She would die of bleeding, as a hemophiliac.
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.
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,