Oyster fossil may contain giant pearl!

Nature has offered something extraordinary for the official birthstone of June, a giant fossilized oyster that may contain a huge golf ball sized pearl! The oyster fossil was found in Solent, a strait near England. Lindsay Holloway of the Aquarium told The Daily Mail: “It was discovered in the nets of a fishing boat which was dredging here. When the fishermen came back to port they thought it was [live], (more…)

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Gem-Encrusted Butterflies in LA Museum

ButterflySixteen butterfly brooches are currently being held on display in an exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. Each is lavishly decorated in a combination of semi-precious and precious gemstones and set in 18 karat gold; some included materials are Columbian emeralds, Baja pearls, and garnets.

One notable piece is a brooch that holds 34.67 carats of benitoite, California’s state gemstone. (more…)

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Cultured Pearls

PearlsThe best-loved gems of all time. What are pearls? Pearl is a hard object produced by a living shelled mollusk. Pearls are formed naturally over time by nature but with the high in demand for them natural pearls are very rare and expensive. Therefore with the help of technology and researches, pearls can be farmed. There are two types of pearls, natural and cultured pearls.

Natural pearls are known (more…)

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