Pearls, pearls, pearls

Have been the symbol of elegance and luxury. A good pearl is timeless and always in fashion.

Pearls have been prized for their beauty and rarity for more than four thousand years. From ancient China, India, and Egypt, to Imperial Rome, to the Arab world, to Native American tribes, cultures from around the world and throughout recorded history have valued pearls longer than any other gem.

Pearls are the only gemstones grown inside of a living organism.

In the early part of the 20th century, Japanese researchers discovered a method of producing pearls artificially. Essentially, the method involves inserting a foreign substance, or nucleus, into the tissue of the oyster or mollusk, then returning it to the sea, allowing a cultured pearl to develop naturally. This practice was already quite widespread culturing hemispherical pearls known as mabe pearls. Kokichi Mikimoto is credited with perfecting the technique for artificially stimulating the development of round pearls in akoya mollusks, receiving a patent for this technique in 1916. Although patented in 1916 this technique has since been improved upon and used extensively throughout the pearling world – no longer simply used to cultured akoya pearls, but freshwater, South Sea and Tahitian pearls as well.”

(http://www.pearl-guide.com/)

Here are some favourite pieces:

The clasic one row white pearl necklace:

Tahitian pearl white gold ring with diamonds:

Tahitian black pearl earrings:

White cultured pearl ring:

Shattered mother-of-pearl bracelet:

Tahiti pearl white gold bracelet with diamonds:

Multi-Colored Pearl Bracelet:

Golden South Sea cultured pearl necklace:



Dream on girl, dream on.

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~ by belezza on March 18, 2010.

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