Judi McCormick / natural pearls

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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