I’ve had these for a long time thought they were Keshi but after handling a lot of keshi pearls I’m wondering if they are natural…cause they do not resemble keshi pearls in my opinion
Either way (mine) not gem quality… I think mine look different than yours.Cultured Chinese freshwaters from the early to mid- 1980s I believe. Cristaria plicata (Cockscomb mussel) if I am right.
Strack covers this era, with photos, pp. 421-423.
These pearls are wrinkly.
That being said, usually the Cockscomb mussel pearls are elongated-- "rice krispies" pearls. I have some of those, too.
Or they could be early tissue-nucleated pearls from Hyriopsis cumingii, which came a little later.
It will be easier to have a search defined as "natural pearls" as opposed to "wild pearls" (may end up finding a weird dance club ). All the references that @Pearl Dreams gave you are top notch. Each natural pearl fishing location will also have local resources, but usually in their native language.Does anyone know where to get information on wild pearls? There is nothing available online
Look...I have this photo of a variety of natural pearl usually known as "Hinge Pearls" (because they are usually found in the thin mantle area very near the hinge area, where both shells meet. They look similar, but when you have enough experience you will rarely -if ever- confuse these with those freshwater pearls: