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    Iv seen examples of antique North African Berber wedding jewellery,which contains masses of small pearls.Does anyone have any ideas where the pearls have come from?Would they have been freshwater or saltwater? There is a short section in Kunz
    “Book of the Pearl” on Pearl harvesting in east Africa,but Iv been unable to discover anything else.Any ideas would be welcome

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    Can't help you there, barbaradilek but you've piqued my curiosity and I'm going to google...
    Happy Huku
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    • #3
      Very similar to the Hindii pearl tradition
      Africa has a few sources of natural pearls:
      South Africa has a small pearl oyster called "Cape Town Pearl Oyster" or Pinctada capensis.
      Then you have the "Red Sea" with a magnificent "Black-lip" known as the "Red Sea Pearl oyster", actually a subspecies of the Tahitian shell: Pinctada margaritifera erythraensis.

      There was a researcher by the last name of Reed that started growing pearl oysters in Sudan back in the 1950's I believe. His papers are very interesting. I could not find the articles (I had them in print) but Jeremy posted this blog entry you will find very interesting.

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      • #4
        Found it. From 1964.
        But you need special access to read the whole article. You can visit the page here.
        Douglas McLaurin-Moreno
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        • #5
          Thanks so much for your comments,and the link to the article.So many amazing stories out there hidden in academic papers.A friend in North Africa is sending me some Berber wedding jewelleryAs soon as I get it I will post some photos,they might give a few clues...Barbara

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          • #6
            We are awaiting for your photos and information Barbara!
            Have a great weekend
            Douglas McLaurin-Moreno
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            • #7
              following with great interest
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