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What is a Cultured Pearl?

Pearls are formed inside the shell of certain molluscs as a defence mechanism. This protects them against a potentially threatening irritant such as a parasite inside its shell, or an attack from outside from injuring the mantle tissue. A cultured pearl is formed with human intervention; an irritant is synthetically […]

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What is in a length?

There is a special vocabulary used to describe the length of pearl necklaces. While most other necklaces are simply referred to by their physical measurement, pearl necklaces are named by how low they hang when worn around the neck. A collar, measuring 10 to 13 inches or 25 to 33 […]

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While we’re at it

Did you know that June is the month of the Pearl. For thousands of years saltwater pearls have been ‘hunted’ by divers around the world. The modern cultured pearling process now make this revered gem more accesible to you and I. Is your special someone born in the month of the […]

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What can make a Pearl ?

Did you know that almost all species of shelled molluscs are capable of producing pearls? Yes even the humble edible oyster will commonly produce a natural pearl. Whilst these ‘pearls’ are formed through the same mechanism as the Australian South Sea Cultured pearl it is the colour and quality of […]

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