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Illinois-Indiana Chapter: Pearl Update with Renée Newman

New and better methods of cultivating freshwater pearls has resulted in larger sizes, improved quality and more varied shapes, which means they can compete with Tahitian and Australian cultured South Sea pearls. Author Renée Newman, GIA GG will explain why there are so many more different types of cultured freshwater pearls compared to 20 years ago.
She will also include photos and information about:
• pearl imitations and how to detect them
• unbleached natural-color cultured Akoya pearls in the market
• pearl treatments and how to detect some of them
• natural-color cultured “black pearls” from Tahiti and the Sea of Cortez, which have become more colorful in the past 10 years
• natural pearls from oysters, mussels, abalone, clams, scallops and conch snails
All are welcome to attend; whether you're a GIA graduate, student, industry associate, hobbyist or guest. Please share this invitation with any others you feel would be interested.

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