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What is the nucleus of "Chinese kasumi" ripple pearls?

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  • #16
    Edisons and ripples are bead nucleated, not pearl nucleated. The only pearl-nucleated pearls I've seen are those baroques that look like souffle. We marketed them as "Inception Pearls" a couple of years ago. Edisons and ripples have a round bead inside of them. I don't know what sort of bead it is, but often it is very hard - almost like a stone - but those hard ones that I've broken open clearly have beads made of shell material. They would have to be tested by a lab to (hopefully) tell you what they are. The first ones we had tested by GIA in 2007 were "from saltwater origin," but not definitive on species. I don't know what they're using today.
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    • #17
      Very hard rock!
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      • #18
        Originally posted by pearlescence View Post
        Procrastination calls.
        LOL, thanks for that!

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