Those pearls have a lot of protein and have a pronounced tendency to crack. Some fellows in Florida tried to culture blister pearls with penns, but they did not have any commercial success. But if you want to try it, best wishes for success.
I am also new to this forum and am looking to start up my own business sometime in the future. I have been doing research on the process and the different types of pearling techniques and so on, but when it comes to the actual getting started part, everything that i have read so far has been very vague. I ordered those two books that was mentioned earlier on in the thread. So i am going to start reading as soon as i get them, but i want to know what else i could be doing in the meantime to help educate myself? And also it seems that most of you guys are from australia and overseas. I am from the us so will you all still be able to give me advice relative to my geographic location? Thank you
I would recommend you both go to the Sea of Cortez pearl farm in Guaymas Mexico. It is a 6 hour bus ride south from Tucson,but they also have an airport.
But, before that, if you want to know what they do, check out the threads about them here. Ask questions here for them -and maybe inquire about their special pearl weekends when several people will spend the weekend in Guaymas getting to know the farm and the 3 owners, one of whom, Douglas McClaren, speaks English perfectly. You will not find more experienced pearl farmers in the world and they also culture a unique pearl species, the pteria sterna.
lanifailee, what kind of pearls are you thinking of?
We have a lot of pages n them here, too. With protos and everything.