Perfect shining spheres. Lustrous baroque forms. Seductive strands, warm to the touch. Pearls are simply and purely organic. The most familiar PEARLS are white and cream, but the palette of colors extends to every hue. Pearls predominately come from Japan, Australia, bahrain, Indonesia, Myanmar, China, India, Philippines, and Tahiti. Pearl is the birthstone for June and the gem of the third and thirtieth anniversaries.
Although white is most classic, appreciation has grown for more unusual natural colors.
The number of blemishes on a pearl surface is evaluated to judge quality.
Spherical pearls are the most valued but symmetrical drops are also sought.
It comes in all shapes and sizes and the weight varies accordingly.
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A Chinese historian writes about pearls for the first time.
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In 1917, Pierre Cartier traded a double strand of natural pearls for a mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Kokichi Mikimoto successfully cultures a pearl in Japan.