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CIBJO’s just-released Pearl Special Report for 2021

MILAN, ITALY: October 27, 2021 — With less than one week to go to the opening of the 2021 CIBJO Congress on November 1, 2021, the seventh of this year’s CIBJO Special Reports has been released. Prepared by CIBJO’s Pearl Commission, headed by Kenneth Scarratt, the report provides a broad overview of an industry that has been dealing with the dual challenges of COVID-19 and climate change for the past two years, with perspectives from Australia, Indonesia, French Polynesia, Mexico,...

DIY Project: Make your very own Pearls in Half!

You have probably seen those photos of beautiful pearls that have been "cut in half" so you can see their inner structure, and you probably wondered how those are worked: are they sawed off? maybe a machete?

Well, wonder no more! This little video explains in detail how you can make your very own, very nice...pearls in half.

You will need:
  1. Sandpaper sheets, one of each: 60 (very rough), 80 (medium grit) and 220 (fine grit, also called "water

Second Mabe Pearl Harvest in Ecuador

Directly from Dr. César Lodeiro's Pear Research Group in Ecuador (October 12th, 2021):

The Research Group in Biology and Cultivation of Mollusks of the Technical University of Manabí (INBICUM-UTM), delivers the second experimental harvest of Mabe Pearls from Caráquez (about 500 units) to the Mayor of the municipality of Sucre, Province of Manabí, Ingrid Zambrano, as a partial product of the "Strengthening Project for the development of the cultivation and production of Mabe pearls...

Pearls in the Web of Life - Part 2

In a sense, pearl oysters might be a “small ecosystem” of their own, a self-contained biome where a tug of war ensues and leads to eventual stability. But why does this happen? And does it hurt the mollusk? One of my Marine Biology teachers -Dr Fernando Manrique, a friend of Jacques Cousteau- once told us that the Ocean was teeming with Life, and that the hardest thing for many lifeforms to find was an “available apartment”, a place to settle and that would help them avoid being tossed...

CIBJO webinar to examine the impact of online trading on the pearl sector

Jewellery Industry Voices' October webinar to examine the impact of online trading on the pearl sector

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a watershed moment for jewellery's pearl sector, as it has for most other parts of the industry, initiating changes that most probably are irreversible. The migration to online trading of loose pearls and pearl jewellery is certainly one of them.

The pearl sector has always stood apart in the industry, and this sometimes has been...

Pearl of The Week


  • CortezPearls
    Cibjo webinar/discussion on origins of gemstones
    Although it is not about PEARLS (but it may include them), some of you may find it interesting, so here is the information:

    The origin of a gemstone, namely the geographic location at which it was extracted from the earth, has for years posed substantial scientific challenges to the gemmologists who are called on to make definitive judgements.

    The current focus on supply chain integrity and traceability means that the concept of origin has expanded and is more relevant
    04-29-2021, 10:26 PM
  • CortezPearls
    Pearl-Guide.com Presents: Walk and Talk with Josh Humbert!

    Pearl-Guide.com invited forum member & sustainable pearl farmer Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls fame to a "Walk and Talk" Zoom event this past Saturday 10th, 2021.

    Josh -and wife Celeste Brash- took some time from his busy schedule with the pearl seeding season at his farm in Ahe, French Polynesia, to share information about their 2021 pearl harvest (48% rounds, wow!), his farming operation, pearl characteristics of this year's harvest and much more!...
    04-08-2021, 11:55 PM

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