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    Super Moderator Senior Pearl Expert jshepherd's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by GemGeek View Post
    CIBJO is also changing for the better with more involvement from smaller players. There were decades of dominance by major saltwater pearl sellers.
    The dominance has been from the natural pearl folk. They're the reason we are still required to use the word cultured. This was challenged by Mr. Branellec in 1999. The natural pearl side won.

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    purveyor of pearls Senior Pearl Expert pearlescence's Avatar
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    And the saltwater pearl people look down their noses at the's a bit pathetic really.

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