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Two Tridacna species shells with blister pearls.
Partially Hollow Tridacna Blister Pearls with Shells Attached

Blister pearls attached to shells are seen in both the Bangkok and the New York laboratories.

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Pink “rosebud” conch pearls.
Natural Conch “Rosebud” Pearls

Unique natural conch pearls are studied in the New York lab.

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Purple and white non-nacreous pearls
Non-Nacreous Purple and White Pearls Reportedly from Spondylus Species

Examination of pearls with a dominant purple hue, reportedly from the Spondylus calcifer mollusc.

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Fossilized pearls attached to their host shell.
Large Natural Fossil Blister Pearls from Tridacna (Giant Clam) Species

Two blister pearls attached to a host shell believed to have fossilised during the later Pleistocene period and discovered in south-eastern Kenya are studied.

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Three abalone pearls alongside South Sea bead-cultured pearl.
Three Unique Large Natural Pearls from Haliotis (Abalone) Species

Abalone pearls submitted to the New York lab provide insight into the range of colours and shapes this type of mollusc can produce.

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Bead-cultured pearl necklace from China
Strong Pinkish Purple Freshwater Bead-Cultured Pearls

A necklace of Chinese freshwater bead-cultured pearls demonstrates the strides made in culturing techniques.

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Large Fluorite Sphere
Fluorite Sphere with Phosphorescent Coating

A sphere with unusual phosphorescence is seen in the Carlsbad laboratory.

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Spring 2015 G&G Examines Blue Spinel, Chinese Jewellery Design and the Latest in Synthetics

G&G Brief presents an overview of the content of the Spring 2015 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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Loose natural pearl aggregates
Natural Pearl Aggregates from Pteria Molluscs

Ten loose pearls with interesting shapes and internal growth features were from Pteria-species molluscs.

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Non-nacreous Pearls
Natural Pearls Reportedly from a Spondylus Species (“Thorny” Oyster)

A rare look at natural pearls from a known Spondylus species, commonly called “thorny” oysters.

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