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Baroque Pearls

Pearls are natural. One cannot change the shape of the pearl like the gold or diamonds can be molded, cut or faceted. They offer themselves as a natural ornament in its own unique shape. Of course you will lighten up wearing the pearls.

Everything you should know about Baroque pearls:

  • The shape of the pearls can vary from minor aberrations to huge ovoid, pinch, lumpy shapes or curved pearls.
  • They can be cultured salt water or freshwater pearls.
  • Freshwater pearls are nucleated with mantle tissue instead of bead where as saltwater pearls tend to be teardrop shape because of the spherical nucleated bead.
  • Tahitian and South Sea are the most valuable type of Baroque.
  • They are highly valued for the color, luster and shapes.
  • The depth of the nacre depends greatly on the amount of time the pearl is cultured.
  • The irregular shape of these pearls is when the oyster creates an uneven deposition of nacre around its nucleus.

Any kind of jewels can fall in love with these pearls and an amazing piece of jewellery can be created. These pearls can partner with several type of ornaments like the bunch of gem stones, semi precious stones, gold and silver

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Blister or Mabe Pearls

HOW BLISTER PEARLS ARE CULTIVATED

Cultured blister pearls are nucleated with a hemispherical nucleus which is implanted against the oyster shell beneath the mantle tissue. Some farmers even glue the nucleus onto the shell. The mollusk is returned to the water. The mollusk secretes layers of nacre which covers the nucleus to form a hemispherical with a flat back. After 12 months to six years – depending on the type of mollusk and the desired size – the mollusk is harvested.

HOW MABE PEARLS ARE ‘WORKED’

To make a Mabe pearl, the blister pearl needs some work to be done. First, a circle-bit drill is used to cut the blister from the mollusk shell. The nucleus is removed from the pearl, and the hole is filled with resin. The back of this is capped with a piece of mother-of-pearl to complete it.

If you look closely, you can see where this was sealed, but most jewelry designs hide the seam.

JEWELRY MADE FROM MABE PEARLS

Jewelers secure Mabe pearls in settings which require a hemispherical shape that conceals the flat back. These attractive pearls are usually found in rings, earrings, or set within a pendant. You won’t find pearls on …

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