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    Default Where do teardrops come from?

    I'm not sure I've ever seen this addressed here.

    How are teardrop shaped pearls cultured?

    I know the baroque ones are probably grown when a round nucleus doesn't get covered evenly, and ends up pointier on one end.

    But how are the perfectly shaped teardrop pearls cultured?
    Do they implant a teardrop shaped nucleus?
    I've never seen one.
    I know they put in all sorts of other shapes, like hearts and sticks and coins, etc., but I don't think I've ever seen a teardrop shaped nucleus.

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    I believe the nucleus is round and the shape occurs naturally. That is why there are so few perfect drops, and matching a pair is so hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BWeaves View Post
    How are teardrop shaped pearls cultured?
    It's a fluke, even in nature.
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    Just a happy accident.

    I was told by a producer that they used to occur often because the shells weren't fussed with as much. But now farmers move and clean their shells a lot more, which lessens the chance of a perfect drop.

    I can't say if it's true or not, but that particular producer is known for having the best selection of high grade true drops - so he must know a bit about the subject.
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    Some farmers have also used drop shaped nuclei - apologies for the blurry picture
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    Fascinating!

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    When I was last month at the pearl farm near Manado on the island Pulau Talisei, the owner of the farm told me that of the 2 Japanese grafters one produced more round pearls and the other one more ovals and drops. According to the owner is it is the place in the gonad where bead is placed.

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    Fascinating. I figured that had to be several different ways of producing them. But I also figured that it would be the most difficult to get perfect teardrops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearling Technologies View Post
    Some farmers have also used drop shaped nuclei - apologies for the blurry picture
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    I imagine those nuclei would be very expensive compared to rounds? Any idea on the price differences George?
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    How interesting! The happy accidents are real treasures. I had no idea teardrop nuclei are being used. Why the blue color?

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    Hey Kevin. Depends on size and quantity but whereas round nuclei would be $0.30-$0.90 cents each for say 8mm-10mm sizes, the drops would be $1.50-2.50 per pc.

    Hi SunSeeker - not blue but most likely my less than satisfactory camera skills!
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    Wow I had no idea they used/can use a drop shaped nuclei! Fascinating !
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    I agree, fascinating info! Thanks for sharing the knowledge!

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    5x the price - that's very pricey!
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    Thanks Pearling tech. On my screen, the sky blue color is very distinct (and pretty!)

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