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  • Innovation Continues in Chinese Freshwater Pearl Culture

    CBSB "Fireball" Pearl Culture and the Return of the Biwa Pearly Mussel
    by Jeremy Shepherd and Doug Fiske
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  • Hanadama Akoya Pearls

    Hanadama Akoya Pearls Defined

    Hanadama is a Japanese word for "Spherical Flower" and is the term used to describe the highest quality and most highly valued akoya pearls from any given harvest. These pearls are separated from typical class grading prior to auction and are sold as individually separated lots.

    What Are Hanadama Pearls? Although there is no standardized, definitive grading system that accurately represents and compares the value characteristics of akoya pe...
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    Last edited by CortezPearls; 03-16-2021, 12:15 AM.

  • Tahitian Pearls

    Tahitian Pearls Defined

    Tahitian pearls are bead-nucleated pearls grown in the gonad of the Pinctada margaritifera mollusk in French Polynesia.



    Tahitian Pearls - Among The Most Beautiful In The World

    Tahitian pearls are produced in the black-lipped oyster Pinctada margaritifera, in and around Tahiti and the French Polynesian islands. This oyster itself is quite large - sometimes over 12 inches across and weighing as much as 10 pounds - which often...
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    Last edited by CortezPearls; 03-16-2021, 12:28 AM.

  • Akoya Pearls

    Akoya Pearls Defined

    Akoya pearls are bead-nucleated cultured pearls produced in the Pinctada fucata martensii and Pinctada fucata chemnitzii primarily in Japan, China, Vietnam, South Korea and Australia, with most production (>95%) taking place in Japan.




    The Classic Pearl

    Renowned for their luster, akoya are considered the classic pearl. When one envisions a perfectly round, shiny white strand of pearls, one is almost certainly envisioning a...
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    Last edited by CortezPearls; 03-16-2021, 12:31 AM.

  • The Genus Pinctada

    The Genus Pinctada, Roding 1798

    The family Pteriidae is composed of nine or ten genera, and pearl oysters belonging to the Pinctada and Pteria genera are the most important from our vantage point of course.

    Pinctada History and Discovery Historically, there is a large amount of duplication among the names of pearl producing mollusks. This is partly due to independent geographical discoveries that were later found to be the same oyster. Furthermore, the crossover between a s...
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    Last edited by CortezPearls; 03-16-2021, 06:23 PM.

  • Freshwater Pearls vs Cultured Pearls

    Am I Getting Freshwater or Cultured Pearls?

    A common question faced by many pearl buyers today is whether a particular strand of pearls is composed of freshwater or cultured pearls. This question cannot have a definitive answer because freshwater pearls are in fact cultured pearls.

    Freshwater Pearls Are Cultured Pearls, But They Are Not Akoya The reason so many buyers distinguish cultured pearls from freshwater pearls, is because "cultured pearls" is a trade term still ...
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    Last edited by CortezPearls; 03-16-2021, 12:19 AM.

  • Freshwater Pearls

    Freshwater Pearls Defined

    Freshwater pearls are pearls which grow in non-saline environment in freshwater mussels.



    Freshwater Pearl Grading There currently is no internationally recognized grading standard for freshwater pearls. Every system in use is subjective and unique to the company or organization that creates the system. The Chinese government has begun work on a system, but the tremendous number of variants strongly discourage adaptability. In additi...
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    Last edited by CortezPearls; 03-16-2021, 12:26 AM.

  • About Pearl-Guide.com

    More than 10,000 Members Strong
    Founded in 2003 with the addition of a community forum in 2004, Pearl-Guide.com is a friendly group of pearl dealers, farmers, traders, wholesalers, hobbyists, authors, and consumers. With members from around the world engaged in daily conversation, Pearl-Guide.com is the largest community of pearl enthusiasts in the world.

    World's Only Open Pearl Discussion Forum Pearl-Guide.com exists for the benefit of consumers and the trade. With the world...
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    Last edited by CortezPearls; 03-15-2021, 03:40 PM.

  • Choosing the Perfect Pearl Necklace for You: Length and Size

    The Pearl Necklace comes in many Sizes and Colors The "classic" piece of pearl jewelry is, of course, the pearl necklace. Akoya pearls are the most traditional type of pearl used in necklaces, but freshwater pearls, Black Tahitian pearls, and large South Sea pearls are also used, often to stunning effect. Akoyas, of course, exhibit the traditional white, silver, or cream colors, while Tahitians and South Sea pearls yield pearl necklaces ranging from bright white to darker tones. Freshwater pearl...
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    Last edited by CortezPearls; 04-14-2021, 05:27 PM. Reason: Edited text for simplicity, also Meta tags

  • Cultured Pearls

    Cultured Pearls Defined

    A cultured pearl is any pearl grown with the influence of human intervention.

    Cultured Pearl Formation A pearl is formed when a small irritant or parasite penetrates and lodges in the mantle tissue of a mollusk. In response, a substance called nacre is secreted, and the creation of a pearl begins. Nacre is a combination of crystalline and organic substances. The nacre builds up in layers, as it surrounds the irritant to protect the mollusk, and after a...
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  • A review: The History of Pearls in the Gulf of California, Mexico Part 3
    by CortezPearls
    THE FIRST COMMERCIAL PEARL OYSTER FARM IN THE WORLD

    It is at this particular crossroad that we find a Mexican-French Medical Doctor by the name of Gastón Vivès, attempting what very none had tried before: initiate a commercially viable, large-scale pearl oyster farm to produce shell and pearls. The Vivès family owned a pearl fishing armada in La Paz, Baja California Sur, and they were experiencing diminishing profits every year, thus wanting to revert this trend we find Gastón Vivès...
    05-08-2021, 05:20 PM
  • A review: The History of Pearls in the Gulf of California, Mexico PART 2
    by CortezPearls
    The arrival of the Iberian Conquerors

    The Native Nations had no real interest in establishing a commercial venture in pearl fishing and we understand little to nothing of the way they fished for pearls, since most of the information was either lost or destroyed during the conquest of Mexico. The rich plunder of the Conquistadores was sent to Spain and later dispersed all over Europe. The most significant information we have on the subject comes from the period of colonization of northwestern...
    04-05-2021, 03:26 PM
  • A review: The History of Pearls in the Gulf of California, Mexico - PART 1
    by CortezPearls
    A review: The History of Pearls in the Gulf of California, Mexico
    By Douglas McLaurin-Moreno


    Since unrecorded time, man has obtained many bounties from the world’s oceans: food, shells, corals, sponges, seaweeds, and the most desirable of all of these were the beautiful mother-pf-pearl shells and their valuable treasure, Pearls.

    Mexico has four species of pearl oysters inhabiting its coasts, two -the larger sized- on the Pacific side: the Panamic Black Lip...
    03-18-2021, 03:04 PM
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    by Kevin Canning
    More than 10,000 Members Strong
    Founded in 2003 with the addition of a community forum in 2004, Pearl-Guide.com is a friendly group of pearl dealers, farmers, traders, wholesalers, hobbyists, authors, and consumers. With members from around the world engaged in daily conversation, Pearl-Guide.com is the largest community of pearl enthusiasts in the world.

    World's Only Open Pearl Discussion Forum Pearl-Guide.com exists for the benefit of consumers and the trade. With the world...
    07-24-2014, 07:33 PM
  • The French Blue
    by WayneCMS
    By Richard Wise I was fortunate enough to get an early Kindle edition of Richard Wise's newest masterpiece The French Blue. I also own a copy of Wise's Secrets of the Gem Trade, and it is one of the very few gem books that I've read cover to cover, not just skipping ahead to the sections about pearls. The French Blue is a completely different kind of work. It is a novel that begs to be read slowly, but once one becomes entranced in the story, it is nearly impossible to put down. Not for the f...
    07-21-2014, 10:36 AM
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    Use of Pearl-Guide.com will constitute acceptance of the following policies and rules of conduct. These policies and rules of conduct may change periodically. The forum on Pearl-Guide.com is presented "as is" with no w...
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