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    Natural Pearl Lover Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert MSC's Avatar
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    Quote 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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    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

    How to hand-knot pearls without a tool

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

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    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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    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,
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    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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    Quote 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!
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    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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    Quote 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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    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.