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The Sustainability Corner 4

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I our last two articles we have explored the fantastic inner world of pearl oysters, and how they become not only a mother-of-pearl but also a protective womb for some rare and delicate species of crabs, shrimps and fishes. On this occasion we are going to explore how pearl beds are also responsible for protecting and harboring Life in the ocean.

When examining a live pearl oyster, you will notice it sometimes looks like an ocean rock: it’s covered with algae, tube worms, sponges, other...

Cultured (Beaded) Abalone Pearls from Chile

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Technological Breakthrough in Pearl Culture: Cultured (Beaded) Abalone Pearls from Chile

In what appears to be a major technological breakthrough in Pearl Aquaculture, Chilean Scientists from the University of Antofagasta, Chile have been successful in culturing bead nucleated cultured pearls on the “Red Abalone” (Haliotis rufescens) a species that was imported into Chile from Mexico back in the 1990s. Ever since, Chile has been a major producer of farm raised abalone, but just over a...

The 2022 International Pearl Design Contest from the Cultured Pearl Association of America is Open for Entries!

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The 2022 International Pearl Design Contest from the Cultured Pearl Association of America is Open for Entries!

New York, NY – July 6, 2022. The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) kicks off its 13th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC) today, complete with another exciting collaboration with our retail partner the Aaron Faber Gallery to showcase (and sell!) winning designs. The contest is open today through Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.

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SSEF Pearl Prizes!!! Check them out!

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SSEF turns 50 in 2022!
Test your knowledge (all the answers can be found on our website) with 10 questions about SSEF and gems and enter the draw to win three fantastic prizes.

First prize: ATC Pearl Course (value 1600 Swiss Francs) on 7-8 November 2022, with economy airfare and three nights hotel in Basel covered by SSEF. We are not responsible for visa or food expenses.
Second prize: A free SSEF report for one loose cut diamond, gemstone or pearl of your choice. Shipping is free if you...

Hawaiian Pearl Promoter Richard Fassler Passed Away

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With great sadness I found out that Richard C. Fassler passed away just recently (March 15th, 2022). I met Richard way back in 1994 when he was an instrumental part in making "Pearls '94" possible. He later became a welcomed guest at the pearl farm in Guaymas, Mexico, where he visited back in 2000 for the 1st Commercial Pearl Harvest. He was quiet, warm man with a big heart and a keen interest in seeing people and companies flourish. Ceaseless promoter of Hawaii's resources as a means for...

Tissue Cultured Pearls produced Experimentally in India

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After decades of attempts at tissue culturing pearls, a researcher from India has met with success. Dr Ajai Kumar Sonkar, an independent research scientist from Sangam city in Prayagraj, has been awarded the prestigious Padma Shri Award in India this year for his outstanding achievements in the field of pearl culture. Dr Sonkar is the chairman of the Pearl Aquaculture Research Foundation and principal investigator of the research mission in this field. His work in developing pearl making...

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