Friday, June 15, 2012

How Pearls Are Cultured

 Golden Pearls

Since pearl is the June birthstone, I figured I’d write about how salt water cultured pearls are made.

Cultured pearls are an extraordinary collaboration between man and mollusk;  that is to say, man has helped the oysters produce pearls.  The Japanese have been culturing pearls since the 1880’s starting with mabe pearls, which are grown against the shell, and then in the 20th century with round cultured pearls.     The process that produces a salt water cultured pearl is a long and involved one, but it clearly demonstrates the value of this beautiful gem.

Baby oysters, called spat, are ...

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