I just want to give you some thoughts of above book. It is an absolute MUST to have it. It is a gem amongst all the books on the subject of pearls and by now I have quite a lot of those. The articles are sorted in a way that makes it very easy to find for whatever you are looking, there are many maps to find the different islands and places for all sorts of pearls, every aspect is taken care of and it is really enjoyable to read. Much is said about the sort of mussels/oysters that are being used for specific pearls and their life cycle is described in detail as well. Interesting articles about marketing and economy are to be found in this beautiful book and many photos are included.
It is my number one bedside reading and believe me, you get a lot for your money, since the book has over 700 pages.
Since it is now available in English as well, I can only recommend it to all Pearl lovers and I hope that by now Richard has got his copy.
By the way Richard, I do have Your "Secrets of the Gem Trade", which I do enjoy as well, beautiful photos and interesting text. It is a pity though that You didn´t include in the pearl section more of the negative things for Akoya pearls that I read in an article you hade on the forum.
It would "round off" the pearl section even better.
However, I do like it and I would have liked to get a copy with your signature in it. When I ordered it was not any more availabe....
I tried to e-mail the address you provided for the book and it bounced... I did a copy paste so I would not have any spelling issues...
Any Ideas on how else to contact them? Does anyone else carry it ? does anyone know of the price in USD? I am very eager to add this book to my evergrowing collection of pearl books.... thank you for your help and guidance
You can either fax or call them. Please figure in the time difference (9 hours from California, 6 hours from the East coast). Their mail box may simply be full. I heard that the Strack book is selling like Harry Potter since I mentioned it here. Please note. I am not getting paid for that. If that is the effect of mentioning it here I may also want to promote Numeracy, 200% of Nothing, The Number Devil, The Mathematical Tourist, The Mathematical Mystery Cruise, The Absolute Differential Calculus, Number Theory and its History etc...
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I do not have a copy yet. But I intend to get one. Do you have both (the English and German) versions? How is the translation?
You may be interested in the German version of this Site! http://www.perlen-info.com/
I am actually quite at the top of the pecking order in terms of English-German translators. However, I only have the German version of Perlen because I probably couldn't stand the English translation. I already find the German version a tad too scanty on details and if you get your copy you will note that this is the most exhaustive treatment of the subject undertaken so far. I want to see a detailed discussion of the Arab pearl traders finger language. I want to see more detailed discussion on pearl smuggeling, I want to see a more detailed discussin on pearl culturing for the various species including the symbiont in pinctada margaritifera and the various effects of nucleus placement or the various results of culturing in different species including tissue nucleation etc... So, while this is the top of the line for its subject, I can think of a whole Enclycopedia Britannica (I hope I didn't get into new hot water mentioning them) on the subject rather than a single book.
I ordered my copy of teh Pearls book today it will be coming by boat so it will take a while but that is okay, I have plenty of research to keep me busy until then. I am sure you sould probably write quite a few volumes on Pearls yourself! Thanks for your help and guidance, and to everyone patience with a silly history nut like me!
I am finding why I was having trouble with some of my resserch My Mother has some books that have some information I have been hunting! Good thing I am visiting this weekend. Back to teh books
I just got my copy yesterday. It smells like a textbook- I forgot how they smell. Love it. Read the chapter on CFWP first after skimming through all the Chapters in the Table of Contents. Looked at Large and Famous Pearls. I am very caught up in this book.....
The Bahraini necklace.
I saw the Bahraini necklace. (p 141 Eng ed) Incredibly showy piece. I did not find it ostentatious though, because it grew out of the local land and sea and accrued to the rulers as part of the bounty of the area.
Here's my bias as an armchair anthropologist speaking: The Bahraini necklace looks like sacred jewelry and probably is. It never belongs to the one who wears it, the one who wears it is temporarily transformed by the act of wearing it to a symbol of the riches of their pearl-based culture and ancient blessings... I doubt Bill Gates could afford to buy that piece........
It wasn't cobbled together like da big bling bling after paying tasteless sums of money to procure the pieces....... (da big bling bling is an "in" joke- sorry- maybe the thread will go back up without da picture.)
As was mentioned in another thread, the English version of the Strack text is enlarged and updated over the original german.
As I did not mention, Strack gives even-handed treatment to natural and cultured pearls. Part one is about natural pearls and you must have that to understand much of the cultured. Part two is about cultured pearls and is fairly exhaustive compared to anything else in print- yet.
I can see that several of Zeide's wishes carried out as papers and articles would certainly compliment this work. I hope future pearl types write on some of these topics. I see a lot of PhD's in pearl topics. Wouldn't it be grand if a lot more universities took on this research?