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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Unusual Textured Stones – Druzy And Faceted Pearl

PearlsDruzy is a quartz crystal formation that grows on the surface of rocks or in cavities between them. It forms a glittery surface as the tiny crystals refract the light in different directions. It is quite stunning when used in jewellery as it adds a unique texture and color play.

These hard crystal surfaces are often found in the central cavities of rocks – these rocks are so called geodes. They (more…)

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Pearl Quality

Pearl EarringsWhile pearls are beautiful to look at, few people really know how to determine the difference in quality between them. Pearl quality is measured by numerous factors including type, thickness of nacre, luster, shape, colour and size. There are many different types of pearls; the four popular ones are Akoya, Freshwater, Tahitian and South Sea. Akoya pearls are usually a classic white colour and have (more…)

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Tahitian Dream

PearlsTahitian Pearls are also known as “Black Pearls”. They are typically found in French Polynesia and in the South Pacific. The first culturing started in 1961 in Bora Bora where they discovered Pearl Farms could multiply in the region. Therefor farms were created in Manihi, Marutea and Mangareva in order to increase French Polynesian pearl production.

The actual process of raising a pearl is not easy, (more…)

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