& CULTURED PEARLS
pearl is a natural gem created by a living organism. When a
foreign object is introduced into a mussel or oyster, the animal
is stimulated into coating the irritant.
begins the process that results in the creation of a pearl.
A natural pearl will occur without any human intervention. As
most of the worlds wild natural pearl producing oyster beds
have vanished because of over-fishing or pollution; fine quality
natural pearls are virtually non-existent now. These days the
most beautiful pearls in the world are cultured or cultivated
A cultured pearl occurs when a skilled technician implants a nucleus
to irritate the oyster or mussell. After the implanting proceedure
, the mollusc is returned to the water for its cultivation period.
Over a period of time the nucleus gradually becomes coated with
layers of nacre that form the pearl.
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