Judi McCormick / pearls are organic

What Gives A Pearl Its Color?

What Gives A Pearl Its Color?

Because we are focused on color as an important part of our expression, I thought it would be interesting to discuss how pearls acquire their natural color.
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Pearls In The Web Of Life by Douglas McLaurin

Pearls In The Web Of Life by Douglas McLaurin

Douglas is a friend and the first marine pearl farm founder of the Sea of Cortez pearl brand, the first pearl farm in the entire American continent. Douglas is a biochemistry engineer with a master's degree in sustainability and natural resources management as well as a university professor. He has a unique way of describing the biological pearl ecosystem that I know you will find enlightening.
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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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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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Tokki Pearls

Tokki Pearls

Tokki is a Japanese term to describe a protrusion or bump. Occasionally, oysters will produce a pearl with curious shapes. These are the result of an accident during growth. Oysters definitely have a mind of their own.
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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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Obsessed with Pearls

Obsessed with Pearls

I am obsessed with Pearls. They are, of course, always appropriate, a statement made by Jackie Kennedy, but even more than that, they are organic. They have been birthed by a living being. They are such a treasure to have in your presence. Pearls are farmed, not mined. Saltwater pearls are farmed on atolls in...
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