From the publisher's site:
"The Pink Pearl
An original story on a unique Pink Pearl, popular from the Victorian Age to the 1920s, which now lives a renaissance, thanks to new designs and a new fashion.
This beautifully illustrated book sets out to tell the story of a collection of about 30,000 pearls, with no rival anywhere in the world, and that of the rediscovery of these pearls.
The pink pearl of the Caribbean is produced by a very beautiful shellfish, the queen conch.
The collector is Sue Hendrickson, a professional diver and a sort of female Indiana Jones, who has spent much of her life collecting pearls found by the people who fish this conch, all over the Caribbean. They gather it for its flesh, which is very good to eat, and, on average, one in every 10,000 shells contains a pearl. This collection has been sold to a Swiss dealer in stones and gems, who has successfully begun to make contemporary jewelry incorporating the pink pearls. The book sets out to tell her story, and that of the rediscovery of these pearls, while giving a professional nudge in the right direction to this “new” gem. Professionals and fans of jewelry will find it an entertaining read and a valuable resource.
Hubert Bari is a writer, set designer and curator of exhibitions all over the world.
Publication: October 2007"