Pearl Guide

Natural Pearls

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Natural Pearls Defined

Natural pearls are calcium carbonate secretions which form within mollusks without human intervention.



Natural Pearls - Accidents of Nature

Natural pearls are formed randomly and really are simple accidents of nature. When a certain type of irritant, such as a parasite, becomes lodged in the tissue of a mollusk, the animal responds by secreting a calcium carbonate substance called nacre to coat the intruder and protect the mollusk. Over a period of several...

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