by Dr. L. E. Cartier, first published in Facette 23 (February 2017) The South Sea pearl oyster Pinctada maxima is known to produce white,...

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Colour in cultured pearls has many causes, namely organic pigments and the water reservoir where the pearl shell is grown...

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During Christopher Columbus’s third (1498) and fourth (1502) voyages to the New World, he repeatedly encountered native people adorned with natural pearls. 
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The 8,000-year-old pearl was found during excavations at Marawah Island which also revealed the earliest architecture in the UAE.
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Few people outside the gem industry realize the true nature of a cultured pearl’s journey.
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