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  • #31
    Originally posted by Caitlin View Post
    I never heard of anyone letting go their copy....Maybe when the new edition comes out. This book is expensive, but you will never need another one to become an expert on pearls- or at least look up anything you want to.

    I don't have spare dollars for much of anything, including pearls, but this book is worth every penny. $130 is about what it has always cost- including shipping.

    You might find your dichotomous keys online from a malacological site or even a seashells for sale site. I used to be on an academic list for malacology, but I can't remember its name....
    Good idea, Caitlin; I'll have to do some interweb searching for some sites using that keyword since "pearl dichotomous key" didn't yield much of anything.
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    • #32
      try Unios for freshwater and pinctada for saltwater. There are more genera for saltwater mollusks than pinctada, like the Pterias, but this should get you started!
      Caitlin

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      My avatar is a Sea of Cortez mabe pearl. One of a pair of Mexican handmade earrings.

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      • #33
        found this website today that has nice pics of pearls with their shells and the scientific names!
        http://http://www.shanghaigems.com/site/natural-pearls/
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        • #34
          Hi
          I know this is an old conversation, but I’m looking for recommendations for Pearl books.
          I finished CPAA course and Renee Newman's book, Pearl Buying Guide 6th edition
          I still think there is so much more to learn. What would be a good reference to keep learning.

          Thanks everyone,
          Jennifer
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          • #35
            This specific forum -- Pearls Books and Resources-- is a treasure trove of the very kinds of book recommendations you are looking for.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
              This specific forum -- Pearls Books and Resources-- is a treasure trove of the very kinds of book recommendations you are looking for.
              Thanks!
              Jennifer
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              • #37
                Hi all,
                Question - Which of the available books will you flag as "must-have" for a novice like me?

                Many thanks.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Arno View Post
                  Hi all,
                  Question - Which of the available books will you flag as "must-have" for a novice like me?

                  Many thanks.
                  The book I recommend most often is the current (6th) edition of Renee Newman's Pearl Buying Guide:
                  https://www.amazon.com/Pearl-Buying-...l+buying+guide

                  This book is loaded with beautiful photos and accurate, up to date information. And it's very affordable.

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                  • #39
                    I probably have all the pearl buying guide books and the Renee Newman book is my go to book. Plus, she updates it regularly, so make sure you get the latest edition.

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                    • #40
                      Elizabeth visited in Wisconsin several years ago and I had the honor of guiding her around to some local collectors and the UW Botany shell collection located in the 7th level down basement. I have several copies of her book and copies of her printed news letter "Margaritologia" in English. She only prints online now as I understand it. www.strack-gih.de If you want more information you can email me at .....pearlman@mlange.org..... I don't usually answer quickly cause I'm old and busy.
                      pearlman
                      pearlman@mlange.org

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                      • #41
                        I have an old volume on Mollusca
                        Bulletin of the university of Wisconsin
                        Serial no. 1527
                        part II Pelecyopoda
                        by Frank Baker.. Curator of Museum of Natural History ..University of Illinois
                        Madison Wisconsin.....Publ 1928
                        as a unrelated note: The US Dept of something maybe Fish and Wildlife is having high success rate at reintroducing endangered Molluscs
                        If you want more information email me at pearlman@mlange.org

                        pearl man
                        pearlman@mlange.org

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                        • #42
                          Norm,
                          It's a puzzle to me why this hasn't shown up as a new post before; it's over a month old! How terrific that you were able to meet Elizabeth! You certainly have a unique perspective, a fabulous library and great experience with pearls!
                          Pattye


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                          • #43
                            Giving this thread a bump!

                            CIBJO just published its "Guide for Classifying Natural & Cultured Pearls" and they also have their CIBJO Pearl Blue Book available (updated edition).
                            Let me share the whole news:
                            MILAN, ITALY: FEBRUARY 18, 2021 — CIBJO’s Pearl Commission has released the first edition of the CIBJO Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls. The 62-page illustrated document provides an overarching view of natural and cultured pearls, from both seawater and freshwater sources, and highlights the important parameters by which their appearance can be described and assessed in terms of physical dimensions and quality. It is designed to serve as a reference point and a source of information for both the the general public and the jewelry trade.

                            The CIBJO Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls can be downloaded free of charge from the CIBJO website by CLICKING HERE.

                            Complementing the CIBJO Pearl Blue Book, which is also produced by the Pearl Commission and is considered the authoritative reference for technical standards and nomenclature in the pearl sector, the CIBJO Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls is a primer about pearls tailored for jewellery consumers and pearl lovers, and is designed to serve as an educational tool for the pearl and jewelry trades, and gemmological laboratories.

                            Providing an overview of the various pearl categories in different parts of the world, the guide lists, describes and illustrates the primary pearl-producing molluscs, and the type of pearls that each yields. A comprehensive breakdown of the leading seawater and freshwater cultured pearl types in the market is provided, detailing the species, origin, characteristics and production of each. The richly illustrated guide details the system for classifying natural pearls from the Akoya complex and the system for classifying cultured pearls, and also supplies information about pearl treatments and other pearl types, such as keshi cultured pearls.

                            Preparing the CIBJO Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls was a multi-year and multinational project, with the original draft written by a team at Paspaley Pearling in Australia, whose members focused particularly on the section covering the classification of cultured pearls. The Akoya complex natural pearl classification section was prepared by experts at the Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT).

                            “The CIBJO Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls is a tremendous resouce, intended to provide consumers and the trade with accurate and easily-to-comprehend information about this increasingly popular jewellery category,” said Gaetano Cavalieri. “It is a result of the hard work of a great many dedicated individuals from across the globe, but some deserve special mention. In particular, I would like to thank Nick Paspaley and Peter Bracher for taking the initiative, and putting at our disposal the wealth of knowledge of their team in Australia. Likewise, congratulations are due to Kenneth Scarratt, President of the CIBJO Pearl Commission, the editor of the guide, and for the addition he made to this outstanding document. Thanks also to all those members of the CIBJO Pearl Commission Steering Committee, who have devoted much time and effort in ensuring that the content is informative and accurately reflects the product.”

                            “I encourage all members of the industry, and in particular jewellery retailers, to download the CIBJO Guide for Classifying Natural Pearls and Cultured Pearls and to make it available to their clientele,” Dr. Cavalieri said. “Knowledge breeds consumer confidence, and that ultimately is our primary objective.”
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