Judi McCormick / pearl finishes

Akoya Pearls vs. South Sea Pearls. Which is Right For You?

Akoya Pearls vs. South Sea Pearls. Which is Right For You?

Pearls are easily the most sought after gem in the fashion world these days. There is much confusion for buyers over the differences between Akoya and South Sea Pearls. It is best to understand what the advantages and properties are of each of these pearl varieties.
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Maki-e Pearls

Maki-e Pearls

Maki-e pearls are Tahitian pearls that have an overlay painting of 24K gold with abalone shell inlay. This style is called Maki-e from the Japanese decorating Edo period.
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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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Acceptable Finishing Techniques for Pearls

Acceptable Finishing Techniques for Pearls

This woman is working on a pearl farm to open and clean oysters for their pearls.
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