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About The Pearl Girls

The Pearl Girls create all of our jewelry and designs at our shop in Athens, GA. We also have a huge reknot and repair department. People all over the world ship us their pearls and beaded jewelry to reknot, repair or create into a new design. Along with our passion for pearls, we are passionate about creating jobs right here in our home base in Athens, GA. We provide many perks to our staff including childcare for our hardworking mothers! Thank you for supporting us so we can continue supporting others. And thanks for sharing in our passion!

The Largest Natural Pearl Discovery in the U.S.

Fri, Sep 13, 2013 | Pearl Blog

The largest natural pearl discovery happened in the U.S. in 1976 at Fort Gibson Lake in Wagner, OK. Workers from the American Shell Company found this three ridge mussel with 2100 natural pearls inside. Still intact to this day are all 2100 pearls, the shell and the mussel meat. This was truly an amazing discovery and worthy of the Guinness World Book of Records for the largest natural pearl discovery.

Largest Natural Pearl Harvest and shell

Another winner this year in the Guinness World Book of Records pearls category was this dress by Japanese bridal wear designer, Yumi Katsura. And this was an "official" win!  It is the largest number of pearls to decorate a single dress. The total count? 13,262 pearls! This dress was embroidered by hand and the pearls were sewn into a floral lace pattern. This dress was in the designers bridal wear show year and won the Guinness World Book of Records honor a few months ago.


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