South Sea Pearls
Selling South Sea Pearls
by Dr. L. E. Cartier, first published in Facette 23 (February 2017) The South Sea pearl oyster Pinctada maxima is known to produce white, cream and golden pearls. Such pearls are cultured mainly in Australia, Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia and the Philippines. Interestingly, 2016 marked the 60th anni...Q: What is a pearl made of? A pearl is a natural gem created by a living organism. When a foreign object is introduced into a mussel or oyster the animal coats the irritant with a substance called nacre, the same material with which it builds it's shell. Layers of nacre build up to make a pear...Keshi (ケシ), meaning poppy seed in Japanese, was originally used in Japan for very small-sized natural pearls, namely the very rare Akoya natural pearls that were locally collected until the early 20th century. Today, however, the original meaning of the word "keshi" became corrupted and is now a ...