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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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Gems & Gemology
Summer 2017 issue