Gems & Gemology, Fall 1990, Volume 26, No. 3

Majorica Imitation Pearls

Peer Reviewed Article
June Hanano, Mary Wildman, and Philip G. Yurkiewicz
Pearls are one of the most popular gem materials, but only in the past few decades has technology advanced to the point that good-quality imitations could be made. The Majorica S.A. product is remarkably similar in appearance to saltwater cultured pearls. These imitations, often set in high-karat gold in contemporary styles, are sold throughout the world. This article discusses the history of the Majorica imitation pearl, the manufacturing and marketing processes, and the separation of the Majorica product from its cultured counterparts.

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