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Pearl Farm Tour

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  1. GemGeek : Here is the remainder of my three-section trip journal from the GIA Pearl Tour – Paspaley Pearls. I need to post it in segments, so read on… Having left Christchurch wide open to the harshe elements downpour, we were prepared to return to warm climate. Darwin, Australia is certainly a warm place. As a component of gathering 1, we rose at a young hour the main day to take the Grumman Mallard seaplane to Paspaley’s sea-based operations. As should be obvious in the photograph from the transport, we needed to get going before first light.

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    I love seaplanes. The Grumman Mallard was first built in 1946 and ended production in 1951. Paspaley’s Mallards are refitted with modern turboprop engines and are lovingly maintained.
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    We covered a lot of land on our way to the Paspaley III. The view from the cabin was awesome. Earplugs were a requirement, one of the only drawbacks of the Mallard experience.
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    The turboprop engines are extremely powerful and unlike jets, it?s reassuring to be able to see them in motion.
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    For many of the group, this was their first water landing. There?s nothing like the moment when the water rises in waves over the windows.
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    Furthermore, here is the delightful Paspaley III in full reap operation. Waterproof shoes were a prerequisite and without a doubt, we got our feet and lower legs wet over and over while watching the reaping operation. Grafters were expelling the principal development pearls and on the off chance that they were great pearls, and the shellfish was in great condition, a second bead was embedded and the clam was returned for an additional two years. Something else, the pearl meat was gathered promptly and the shells continued for business preparing. Jeremy was in the gathering where they were collecting second-development pearls. He ought to have some enormous pearl photographs to come.

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    Richard, our host, opened two oysters and let a couple of us squeeze out the pearl. I felt like a midwife giving birth. It?s amazing how beautiful they are right from the shell. Here is the result.
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    Roger trimmed the pearl meat and gave us all a bite ? fresh oyster sashimi, which was very sweet.

    Then we went upstairs to see the morning?s harvest of pearls. Talk about heaven ? we could literally play with pearls! This is how they look with zero cleaning or processing. Amazing!
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    Given a chance to play, one side of the table became impromptu pearl graders. Notice the neat groups of different colors.
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    The other side of the table experimented, measured, improvised fashion photos and even created art. Richard scrubbed these pearls with salt so we could get a better idea of what the finished product would look like.

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    That?s a big first-growth pearl!
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    Mona and Betty Sue improvised a glamour photo op.
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    And Russell made a fish with a golden eye. Notice the air bubbles trickling upward.
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    The search for the perfect pearl had several contenders, but this was a favorite.

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    Next, we take a long boat ride to Kuri Bay, the site of the first land-based pearling operations in the area.

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    They have rules.
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    And they have pets, too. This one is a python named Monty.
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    We are treated to a fabulous lunch. Carl has some major competition as the chef pulled out all the stops for our visit. Here is the table we sat at. Nice view!
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    Kuri Bay looks like it?s a great place to live and work.

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    They even have a phone booth.
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    And you can?t beat the view.
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    When it was time to go, they fed their pet sharks with kitchen scraps on the way to the seaplane, which came to meet us in Kuri Bay.
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    The next day we were taken by bus to see Paspaley?s engineering operations back in Darwin.

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    This place is big.
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    Here is one of their special working boats being built. Look at those welds! They carry the washing and x-ray equipment.
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    We are shown the automatic oyster washing machine. You can see the orange basket being drawn across the top. The cover is closed and jets of pressurized water clean the oysters as they pass through the machine.
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    They use a specially made x-ray setup to check the pearl nacre growth, again, by drawing the baskets across the table.
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    Blaire: I am so HAPPY YOU GOT TO GO!!!!! What a wonderful experience! Once in a lifetime for us mortals. Pearl people are very lucky to have such exotic places to live and interesting work to do. I’m just so happy for you! And I love the sharing. (Look at the earth’s reflection in the prop’s cap in the 3rd photo down.)

    We check out the tool room. That?s the biggest Crescent Wrench I?ve ever seen!
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    This machine tightens knots as part of the process of attaching buoys to the long lines that suspend the oysters in the bay.
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    The buoys then get replacement ropes and are ready to go.
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    Enough of this technical stuff ? show us the pearls! But wait, even after we trek to the Paspaley Pearl offices, we have to get step-by-step instruction.

    After getting the lowdown on the polishing process, we can hardly be restrained. First they are tumbled.
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    Then they are graded and sent for polishing.
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    If necessary, they are drilled here. For a drill-through, they drill halfway, then turn the pearl to drill to the center from the other side. That prevents damage at the drill hole.

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    Next stop, the knotting station. They have a special process that makes the knots virtually invisible. See what I mean on these ?tringles? triangular pearls.
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    Even in the close-up they are almost non-existent. Excuse me while I mop my brow ? the luster is getting to me!
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    I?ll be honest, at this point, I had to cut out a lot of photos of people, because I didn’t have time to ask for permission. So you are going to get some bonus pearl photos at the end. Let the pearls speak for themselves!

    These are Keshi pearls.
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    Silver Baroques
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  2. Close-up of silver baroques…
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    Here is a tub of pearls.
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    And mixed colors.
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    You are getting sleepy, very sleepy. You are getting out your wallet?
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    Once you hold them, it?s hard to put them down.
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    join us!
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    And here is the prize pearl, the biggest and best ? not to be sold.

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    Okay, here comes the unplanned gallery…

    Baroque Pair
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    Enormous Baroque
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    The Dream Button.

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    A fine pair. I wouldn’t mind storing them for Paspaley!

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    As far as I’m concerned, this shape is terrific.
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    They don’t get many goldens.
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    Here are grading samples.
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    This is one killer baroque.

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    Betty Flintstone would love earrings like this.
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    My kind of necklace.
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    Here are some trays of specials.
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    And the last pearls… ort of a top-drop.

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    They tell me these are snowmen!
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    This is a really big baroque – yes, it’s a different one.
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    Tringle earring set.
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    And last, but not least, an almost transparent baroque drop.
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    Paspaley’s operations were wisely executed and they kept running as smooth as silk. Also, they let us play with their pearls. What more would we be able to need? On that note, I will end my photographic story of our magnificent pearl venture. We had a mind boggling end-of-visit supper and swapped business cards ?til we dropped. It was a stupendous gathering of individuals and I will miss playing around with them. Perpetual on account of Gemological Institute of America, Robert Wan – Tahiti, Eyris Blue Pearl Company and Paspaley Pearls. You are all AAA in my book!

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Help!! please tell me if the south sea pearl are real or fake???

Help!! please tell me if the south sea pearl are real or fake???

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  1. asn0330 : Help!! please tell me if the south sea pearl are real or fake???

    hello peeps!! please help me determine if this south sea pearl that im planning to buy are real or fake??i appreciate to those who will answer.thank you in advance

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    Pearl Dreams :

    Howdy, They appear as though they could be SSP. They don’t look to me like impersonations – they are not totally matched in color, luster or overtones. There are presently huge freshwater pearls that are once in a while distorted as SSP. What size are these pearls? It is safe to say that they are undrilled? Roughly what is their price? Where are they being sold from- – where on the planet? In the event that they have any flaws might you be able to post a photograph of them?

    amti :

    Did you take this photo and see them in individual, or would you say you are purchasing from online and this is a photograph they posted? Be careful if purchasing from ebay in light of the fact that multiple occassions the photograph demonstrated is not what you will receive.Hi Pd..thank you for responding..the size of these ssp are 16mm,undrilled coz they need me to pay it first before they begin making the thing. price is Php25,000 for a couple of 16mm and theyre from Palawan.the vender let me know it has some “fish nibble” ..


    Howdy Pd..thank you for responding..the size of these ssp are 16mm,undrilled coz they need me to pay it first before they begin making the item..price is Php25,000 for a couple of 16mm and theyre from Palawan.the merchant let me know it has some “fish chomp” .. hello there amti.. im purchasing it online and its really from Palawan..i simply require some assistance from u folks to take a gander at it on the off chance that this are genuine or fake before i purchase it.the vender let me know she can attempt give me with a lesser fish chomp and luster ssp.she has a facebook page for every one of the pearls that shes offering so on the off chance that you all need more photographs i can get more.i simply need to know whether these ssp are genuine ssp or freshwater only.thank you

    Pearl Dream:

    In view of that data I think they are most likely SSP instead of FWP, however in the event that I were you I would need to see all the photographs of the “fish chomps” before YOU nibble! Likewise consider how you plan to set them. 16mm is tremendous for studs. Is it accurate to say that you are wanting to make dangle earrings? Whatever style you are arranging, you would need the pearls penetrated where the flaws were, if conceivable – or at any rate, you need the pearl oriented with the end goal that imperfections aren’t noticeable when worn.


    i like it greater to the point that they would see the pearl first before my face haha however ya im arranging it on just comcern is will it resemble its going to tumble off coz its too heavy?should i get the 15mm rather for a stud?thank you. hello there purchasing online really its in facebook and the vender sent that photograph to me and its from Palawan. I can post more photographs if u folks require increasingly if the first arent sufficiently clear..

    here are some of the pearls that she’s selling
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South Sea pearls – grading and certificate

South Sea pearls – grading and certificate

Pearls Necklace PriceMyizzkie :

South Sea pearls – grading and certificate .. Hello,

  1. I have been researching about South Sea pearls, WSS specifically, and run over numerous data from numerous arbitrary site;

    – Some said they are known not round, yet I have additionally seen numerous specified that most SS aren’t round (??)

    – There would, more often than not, be a few flaws in few of the pearls in a strand (??)

    – Some said they are high in luster, yet numerous additionally said their lusters are not as sharp as Akoya (??)

    – Is there any genuine grading in SS pearls the same path with Hanadama? Do most noteworthy grade accompany Certificate ? (I have heard there is declaration that would say they are white lips pearls Hamadama quality – has anybody seen one?)

    I possess a strand of Akoya Hanadama bought from Japan years back. As a man know knew nothing about pearls in those days (and almost no now), the main motivation behind why I chose to spend for Hanadama is on the grounds that there is Certificate that would accompany it to give me a genuine feelings of serenity. I feel AAA grade and beneath are subjective to dealers..

    Could specialists here let me know whether pearls that accompany declaration from organization are same quality among numerous merchants?

    Any data., remarks, recommendations are welcome

    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member

    I am in no way, shape or form a specialist yet I do have a little knowledge here.

    1) Since south sea pearls are nucleated (like akoyas and Tahitians) they tend to be more round than non-bead-nucleated freshwaters by and large, for instance. Obviously, you can have the more baroque SS pearls and a few individuals have posted photos of their baroque SS pearls in both gold and white assortments (and these are lovely!). Flawlessly round is not as copious as baroque pearls, similar to the case with both Tahitian and akoya pearls. There are individuals that have particularly round strands, however and they are shocking!

    2) This is presumably valid generally, just in light of the same rationale utilized some time recently. “Immaculate” round pearls without any imperfections are more uncommon, which implies they cost more. I feel beyond any doubt that it is conceivable to get a “flawless” strand of SS pearls, however it will cost all the more (potentially altogether) than another strand with a couple of blemishes that still has excellent roundness and luster. That being said, these are pearls and truly never are “immaculate” (aside from perhaps to the onlooker!).

    3) I don’t by and by own a strand of SS pearls and have very seen a full strand in individual, yet from perusing different writings I don’t think their luster is a remarkable same as hanadama akoya, which is the thing that you would contrast with since I know you claim a strand (desirous, btw. Those and the metallic freshadamas you have are executioner!) Same thing with freshwater pearls, however. The luster profile is not the same but rather can come VERY near top-range akoyas. I think SS pearls have been depicted as being more “smooth” in luster than akoyas, yet at the same time high luster in top-quality strands.

    4) There is no grading for SS pearls like that of akoya pearls, and no institutionalized authentication for high grades that I am mindful of (somebody please rectify me in the event that this isn’t right). That is the reason is so critical to purchase from a trustworthy merchant. Just purchase pearls from a merchant who has an expressed grading scale and who has a decent return/trade program since you are right – grading scales for every organization are subjective to venders. For me actually, I have acquired from Pearl Paradise, Pearls of Joy, and Pure Pearls and can very suggest them. There are different individuals who have acquired pearls from different sellers and can prescribe them to you, however I can vouch for these three by and by!

    Pearl Dreams :

    I concur with lary007 aside from that SSP are graded, on an A-D scale or An AAA. However the grading for all pearls isn’t institutionalized as it is for precious stones.

    Consider it. Round pearls are in the minority, which is the reason they cost far beyond baroques. Obviously the objective of pearl makers is more round pearls, however as the shellfish are in the water around 2 years, a considerable measure can happen to the shape in that time.

    Most strands will have a few flaws, however you can get one that is lightly imperfect. My WSS strand from Pure Pearls is “lightly imperfect”- – yet it wasn’t expensive on the grounds that it is ringed. A totally unblemished, matchedround strand would be much all the more immoderate.

    Most WSS have a more silky luster however there are strands with higher luster than others. My SSP are demonstrated as follows; I like this luster yet you may need a higher luster.

    There aren’t any declarations, not at all like hanadama. Be that as it may, I will include that a few merchants’ AAA akoyas might be superior to anything other dealers’ hanadama ensured akoyas. To get the hanadama declaration pearl strands (or combines) need to meet a specific standard, however there might be uncertified pearls that surpass that standard.

    In the event that you need a round, high luster strand with few imperfections, converse with one of the merchants and see what they can think of for you. Be set up to sit tight for them to discover one to meet your benchmarks. It may be a smart thought to talk about a price range for the strand.

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    Katbran :

    Round and generally culminate WSS are exceptionally costly …add huge to that and they get extremely costly. I’ve seen shocking top strands that wholesale for well more than 30-40k . In any case, , you can get delightful strands for a mess less as should be obvious in Pearl Dreams lovely necklace !

    A Perfect round pearl is uncommon and you pay for it …flawless luster is uncommon and you pay for that …extensive requires significant investment so you pay for that ..for all that to happen in a solitary pearl is exceptionally uncommon …then discover 30 progressively that match .

    Actually I adore the baroques and drop shapes as I think they are all the more intriguing yet the great thing about pearls is that there is something out there for everybody .

    Go to bunches of jewelery stores and take a gander at heaps of pearls . The more you see the better you see precisely what you are taking a gander at …

    Myizzkie :

    Thank you all for such a great info. and to Pearl Dreams for sharing picture of your BEAUTIFUL necklace. Those pearls look great on you

    I live in OC, CA so I might stop by Pearl Paradise store one of these days to see how good quality SS pearls look like in person – though it’s be awhile before I save up enough to be able to afford a strand lol. Thanks again to everyone. I love hanging out here

    Katbran :

    Myizzkie- that is an excellent idea…make and appointment and they can show you all sorts of SS pearls and explain the difference between the strands and the cost. Seriously…the more you look the better informed you will be…reading can only take you so far.

    dkan 168 :

    Agree with the others that PP has dazzling SSPs. The strand of round SSPs that I was looking at during my late visit was many times over my whole bling spending plan for the PG Ruckus trip! Something to dream about, as I am not certain on the off chance that I could legitimize the expense. Need to get over my longing to have a strand of blue Tahitians in the first place, ideally in 2020 when I go to my next PG Ruckus.

    Treat each life circumstance like a canine: on the off chance that you can’t play with it, eat it, or mound it, p1$$ on it and leave

    valssp :

    I like to say that SSPs glow, not shine. They have a warm inner glow that is really luxurious and beautiful. Obviously I’m smitten with SSPs!

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    Melbourne, Australia
    Myizzkie :

    Ahem .. Checking in for comments on these, please;

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    Pearl Dreams :

    Wow, very lustrous! They have a very cool, silvery tone. Have you tried them one yet to see how thy look with your skin tone? I’d love to see a neck shot.

    Katbran :

    They look good noted a very silver White . Love to see a neck shot !

    Myizzkie :

    Thank you, Pearl Dreams and Katbran.

    Here’s the neckshot – I wear them for the first time too
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    And since I pulled them out for pictures, might as well do comparison shots with Hanadama and my fav Metallic Freshadama

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Glossary of Pearl Terms U to Z

Glossary of Pearl Terms U

Unio: Genus in the Unionidae freshwater mussel family. Several species in the genus produce pearls.

underwater platform: Used in French Polynesia as a temporary care station from which mollusks are suspended after implantation of a bead nucleus and donor-mollusk tissue piece.

uroko: Japanese term for scaly spots on akoya cultured pearls.

Glossary of Pearl Terms V

Venezuelan necklace: Legendary strand of pearls owned by Spain?s Queen Isabella.

Venus pearls: Natural non-nacreous pearls from Veneridae-family saltwater mollusks that are often called Venus clams.

virgin pearl: Historical term for an undrilled or freshly harvested pearl.

Vologne pearl: Natural freshwater pearl from the French province of Lorraine, specifically from the Vologne River.

Glossary of Pearl Terms W

Wada method: Developed by Dr. Koji Wada of Japan, a method of choosing donor-mollusk mantle tissue to help determine a cultured pearl?s color.

wampums: Cylindrical beads made from quahog shells by native Americans and used as jewelry or money.

Wan, Robert: Founder of the Tahiti Perles Company, which became the largest producer of Tahitian cultured pearls.

warm hues: Colors from purplish red to orangey yellow to greenish yellow, as defined by the GIA color-reference chart.

water: Historical trade term used to describe the translucency of a pearl.

wax pearls: Imitation pearls made from hollow glass spheres filled with wax, popular during the early 20th century.

waxing: Application of wax to a pearl?s surface to enhance its luster.

wings: Natural pearls shaped like wings.

Winston Pearl, The: Natural freshwater pearl measuring 44 mm in diameter and weighing 601.24 grains purchased by New York jeweler Harry Winston in 1987. It?s believed to be the largest freshwater pearl in the world.

wooden wedge: Used to separate the valves of a host pearl mollusk so a donor-mollusk tissue piece or bead and tissue piece can be implanted.

working: Removing layers of nacre from a natural or cultured pearl.

World Pearl Organization: Formed in Japan in November 1994, it engages in public relations and caters to the interests of pearl producing and consuming countries.

Glossary of Pearl Terms X

X-ray testing: Used to determine whether a pearl is natural, cultured or imitation.

Glossary of Pearl Terms Y

yakkah: Historical Persian quality factor describing natural pearls of secondary quality.

yellow grains: Nineteenth century theory of natural pearl production stating that yellow grains found in some freshwater pearls were from shell-production reserve material. This organic material made its way into the mantle and catalyzed pearl growth.

yoyo: Japanese term for a host mollusk?s 45-day convalescence period after implantation of a bead nucleus and donor-mollusk tissue piece.

Glossary of Pearl Terms Z

zebra mussel: Predatory mussel that has done significant damage to freshwater mussel stocks in streams and rivers principally north of the Ohio River in the eastern United States.

zuchtperlen: German term for cultured pearls.

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Glossary of Pearl Terms T

Glossary of Pearl Terms T

Tahitian cultured pearl: Produced by a black-lip mollusk (Pinctada margaritifera) in French Polynesia.

Tahiti cultured pearl: Produced by a black-lip mollusk (Pinctada margaritifera) in French Polynesia.

Tahiti Black Pearl Promotion Association: Founded in 1994 to promote Tahitian cultured pearls in the United States.

Takara pearl: Imitation pearl made with a mother-of-pearl nucleus.

tank: Indian unit of weight equal to 72 grains or 24 ratis.

Tavernier, Jean Baptiste (1605 to 1688): Frenchman of great influence in the natural pearl trade who developed a system of grading known as ?Tavernier?s Rule.?

Tavernier?s Rule: Seventeenth century valuation procedure that multiplies the size factor, or grain weight of a pearl, by itself, and then by a quality factor ranging from 0.5 to 30 that is based on shape, color, luster and surface to arrive at the value of a natural pearl.

te ufi: Term for black-lip mother of pearl used by original inhabitants of French Polynesia.

teri: Japanese term for luster.

third-generation cultured pearl: Freshwater or saltwater cultured pearl whose growth is started either by implanting a shell bead nucleus in an existing pearl sac from which a second-generation cultured pearl was removed, or by letting the mollusk grow a beadless cultured pearl in an existing pearl sac from which a second-generation cultured pearl was removed.

third graft: Cultured pearl grown in an existing pearl sac after the second harvest. The term is inaccurate because no tissue graft is involved.

three-quarter cultured pearl: Bead-and-tissue-cultured pearl, most often akoya, that is worked to remove an imperfection, leaving a flat portion of the nucleus exposed. The flat side is usually half-drilled and mounted on a post in a setting that conceals the worked side.

tinting: Dilute color dye treatment that produces a slight change in a pearl?s color, usually making it pink.

tissue-cultured pearl: Freshwater cultured pearl whose growth is started by implanting a donor-mollusk mantle-tissue piece in a host mollusk?s mantle.

tissue method: Implanting a freshwater host mussel with a donor-mussel mantle-tissue piece to start the growth of a beadless cultured pearl.