cultured pearl


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cultured pearl

[¦kəl·chərd ′pərl]
(invertebrate zoology)
A natural pearl grown by means of controlled stimulation of the oyster.
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Cultured pearl quality is defined according to a wide range of criteria, in which pearl classification grade, shape, color, and size are all determinants of value.
The past several years have witnessed many creative innovations in modifying cultured pearls for use in jewellery, including carving their surfaces to create interesting patterns or expose an underlying bead made of various materials; embedding them with tags and other devices that can be used to include identifying information or custom-recorded audio, video or image files; and setting them with faceted gemstones (e.
Three men -Kokichi Mikimoto, Tokichi Nishikawaand Tatsuhei Mise - the men behind the cultured pearls - ruined the economy of the Gulf and drove thousands into poverty.
When the first cultured pearl jewellery appeared in this country in the 1930s, prices of natural pearls collapsed.
efforts come to fruition, in the shape of the first auction of cultured pearls produced from their oyster farm off the emirate's coast.
Estimate: PS950-PS1,000 A pair of cultured pearl and diamond earrings.
Try the tooth test: the fake is smooth but real or cultured pearl feels gritty when rubbed against the enamel of one's tooth.
They were popular jewels before 1892, when Mikimoto Kokichi, a Japanese pearl farmer, invented the cultured pearl, inserting semi-globular mother-of-pearl beads into pearl oysters and inducing them to form half pearls around the beads.
Also included in the sale are a 19th century diamond and sapphire pendant valued at pounds 1,500, a single stone diamond ring at pounds 800, a pair of diamond and cultured pearl earrings at pounds 600 and an amethyst and seed-pearl necklace at pounds 400.
Honora, a nationally recognized jewelry company specializing in fine quality freshwater and South Sea cultured pearls and cultured pearl jewelry, has leased approximately 1,200 s/f at 575 Madison Avenue for its New York City debut scheduled this Fall.
In addition, HSP received 46 write-in votes, with suggestions ranging from The Cultured Pearl to NoHo (short for North of Hoyt).
In 1982 research began into creating a cultured pearl industry in the Cook Islands similar to that of French Polynesia.