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Pearls

Pearls


Imagine the surprise when the first person discovered a pearl when opening an oyster for food! This magical gem captured the imagination of people and has held it to this day. Fred Ward tells you the story of pearls, starting on an ancient shoreline and continuing through discovery of the "culturing" process and teaching you how pearls are now harvested, graded for quality and prepared for the jewelry trade. He also gives advice for buying pearls and caring for them properly. Lots of great photos! This book is a 6" x 9" paperback with 65 pages. Revised edition. From the Fred Ward Gem Book Series.

PearlsTable of Contents

History and Lore3
Natural Pearls15
Cultured Saltwater Pearls25
Cultured Freshwater Pearls39
Mother-of-Pearl and Shell Products49
Imitation Pearls55
Buying and Caring for Pearls59
Determining Pearl Quality62
Cultured Pearls Quality Charts63