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The Genus Pinctada

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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 point of view. We start off with the firts of these genus.

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...

Pearls of the Week - Alishan

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Alishan Halebian designs sculptural and sensuous jewelry. Having seen some great Alishan pearl pieces in the past, I hurried over to the new JCK Tucson show to find his booth.

These thrilling rings are the inaugural Pearl Jewels of the Week. Alishan and his wife, Lydia Tutunjian are lovely people, always willing to help. Lydia arranged the South Sea and Tahitian pearl rings for this photograph.

You can see more at their website, AlishanOnline.com, on their Facebook page, or at JCK shows...

Choosing the Perfect Pearl Necklace for You: Length and Size

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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...

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