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The Genus Pteria Scoppoli 1777

The family Pteriidae is composed of three or four genera, and pearl oysters belonging to the Pinctada and Pteria genera are -of course- the most important from our point of view.

Taxonomy

An old name for this species is Magnavicula, which means “Large Wing”, with the “new” -Pteria- name originating after the Greek word “Ptero” which translates into “wing”, hence the name of “Winged oysters”.

These species are identified by...
 

The Sustainability Corner – Issue 2

Sustaining Life with Pearl Farming

One of the most important aspects of pearl farming is its inherent ability to protect and create more life than the one that was available previously. And what do I mean by this? When you start a pearl farm in a location, you begin with a resource that has already been “pillaged & plundered”, probably for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. As an example, we have the pearl fisheries of the Persian Gulf -whose pearls were adorning...
 

A review: The History of Pearls in the Gulf of California, Mexico Part 4

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT OF THE CCCP

There was a positive ecological aspect of this venture: the pearl farm itself acted as a gigantic breeding station for the pearl oysters. When you consider that this farm contained between 8 to 10 million pearl oysters and let us say that at least one-third of these had reached ****** maturity (2.6 to 6.6 million individuals), it is very evident to see the astounding positive impact that this commercial operation would have in restocking...
 

CIBJO Jewlery Industry Voices Webinar

CIBJO Webinar - Diversity & Design

The ‘Jewelry Industry Voices’ online seminar series looks at issues of interest in the jewelry business from the perspective of industry figures.


This event discusses how growing diversity is impacting jewelry design, and the steps the gem and jewelry industry needs to take to become more inclusive.

The list of panelists for this discussion are:

✦ Marvin Linares - Owner, Marvin Douglas Jewelry...
 

Instagram Live Interviews on @pearlcpaa

Jennifer Heebner and Kathy Grenier of the Cultured Pearl Association (CPAA) have been very active on Instagram and have done many interviews to friends and some of the movers-&-shakers in the Pearl Industry. If you have not discovered these interviews you are missing on something special!
This is the list of all interviewees to date whose segments are live on @pearlscpaa Instagram TV. Click the name to watch the episode!...

Pearl of The Week

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  • CortezPearls
    Cibjo webinar/discussion on origins of gemstones
    Although it is not about PEARLS (but it may include them), some of you may find it interesting, so here is the information:

    The origin of a gemstone, namely the geographic location at which it was extracted from the earth, has for years posed substantial scientific challenges to the gemmologists who are called on to make definitive judgements.

    The current focus on supply chain integrity and traceability means that the concept of origin has expanded and is more relevant
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    04-29-2021, 10:26 PM
  • CortezPearls
    Pearl-Guide.com Presents: Walk and Talk with Josh Humbert!



    Pearl-Guide.com invited forum member & sustainable pearl farmer Josh Humbert of Kamoka Pearls fame to a "Walk and Talk" Zoom event this past Saturday 10th, 2021.

    Josh -and wife Celeste Brash- took some time from his busy schedule with the pearl seeding season at his farm in Ahe, French Polynesia, to share information about their 2021 pearl harvest (48% rounds, wow!), his farming operation, pearl characteristics of this year's harvest and much more!...
    04-08-2021, 11:55 PM

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