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Where Do American Pearls Come From?

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 American pearls come from a variety of places all over the U.S., especially the ocean waters off the east, west and Gulf coasts and the freshwater rivers throughout the country. There have been p...

Why Don't All Bivalve Mollusks Produce Pearls?

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Why don't all bivalve mollusks produce pearls? Bivalves use the same material they use to make their shell to make a pearl. If they can make a shell, why not make a pearl? [caption id="attachment_...

What is the big deal about Mikimoto?

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What is the big deal about Mikimoto? Surely you have heard his name. In the pearl business buyers love to throw around the Mikimoto name... especially by saying things like, "my Mikimoto's" Other ...

Ever Heard of Brailing?

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Brailing is a form of early commercial pearl and mussel harvesting (in the 1930s, 40s and 50s).   When brailing, you extend hooks across a bar and pull the bar through the river. The mussels close...

Mussel Camp

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Imagine.. in the mid-1950s there were probably 300 working mussel boats on the Tennessee River. These boats collected mussels to use in the button or pearl industries. So, what do brailers, divers...

Pearl of A Queen

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The Pearl of A Queen is the pearl that launched America's passion for natural, American pearls. It all started in 1857 when David Howell, a shoemaker from Paterson, New Jersey went fishing for mus...

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