You just might not be familiar with abalone pearls, although I am sure you would recognize an abalone shell. They are rich with color, gorgeous in both jewelry and mother-of-pearl decorative accessories. Abalone pearl nacre is stunning with a swirl of iridescent color. Abalone are sea snails. They are also hemapheliacs so they are […]
If you have ever heard me talk about pearls and how they are formed, you have probably heard me talk about bricks. Bricks, or the building blocks of pearls, is how I best describe the interlocking layers of pearls. The aragonite that makes pearls (and makes them shiny) are interlocking crystal layers cemented together like […]
“What are the most expensive pearls in the world?” is a question that someone asked at my last pearl talk. As we know, expense is a product of various market forces, most notably, supply and demand. Tahitian black pearls only come from a certain type of mollusk making its harvest smaller than those of Chinese […]
What do you do with a tiny pearl? That is what we wondered when one customer mailed us a 3-4mm pearl and asked for a necklace!
If you have ever heard my talks on pearls you understand that a grain of sand can never form a pearl. But, with all the reading I have been doing on natural pearl formation and the 2000 year old pearl, I have read some great information further proving why a grain of sand can never […]
You never know what you might find in a landfill, right?! Such as a 2000 year old pearl! On the north Kimberly coast of Western Australia, The Brremangurey Rockshelter in the Admiralty Gulf is home to over 12,000 years of Indigenous history. There are shell middens and rock art. A team of archeologist were excavating a midden, a […]
Red Lobster has got a pearl for you… if you live in North Little Rock, Arkansas! A woman dining at North Little Rock’s Red Lobster restaurant this month found a pearl in her oyster! Check out this lovely little gem:
How would like you like a piece of natural pearl jewelry made with natural pearls discovered in the 1600s off the coast of Isla Margherita but remaining in the ocean until 2008? Well, that just might be a possibility. Here is the tale of Isla Margarita, the Santa Margarita and one treasure hunting company that […]
“When the oil came, diving stopped,”Jehad Al-Jaidah says Qatar’s history of pearl diving. Pearls have been a huge part of Qatar’s history, economy and livelihood for centuries and these industry came to a screeching halt in the 1950s with the rise of worldwide demand for oil. Now, not many people know of Qatar’s rich heritage.
Hark! The flame of pearls, the pearl on fire, the flame structure of pearls! You will only get the flame of pearls in non-nacreous pearls. Tell me, do you know what a non-nacreous pearl is? Well, read all about them here! Here is the brief run-down: Gorgeous, lustrous, nacreous pearls are composed of mostly aragonite. Fabulous, […]