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Pearl

Perfect shining spheres. Lustrous baroque forms. Seductive strands, warm to the touch. Pearls are simply and purely organic.

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Beautiful Luster

Pearl’s special luster sets it apart from other gems.

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Perfect Sphere

Perfectly spherical pearls of excellent quality are extreme rarities.

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Smooth as Silk

Few pearls are completely blemish free.

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Detail of pendant elements heart and palmette shows twisted wire details (probably cast) and granulation soldered on.
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A New Life for Revival Jewelry Styles: Archaeological, Renaissance and Egyptian

Revival jewelry is inspired from the past – and wearing it connects us to the rich history of the beginning of civilization.

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Pinctada maculata pearls and mollusk shell
The Gemological Characteristics of Pipi Pearls Reportedly from Pinctada maculata

Reveals the internal features and spectroscopic data of these small natural pearls and offers the means of separating them from pearls of related mollusk species.

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Three freshwater pearls attached to their host shells
Freshwater Pearls, Blister and Loose, with Their Host Shells

Three freshwater pearls, two blister and one loose, were examined in the New York lab.

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An oval shaped bicolor tanzanite has purple on each side with blue-green in the middle.
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December Blues: Birthstone Gifts that Will Delight

Looking for a gift for someone special? December’s birthstones offer a treat for every taste, style and personality – even if it’s not their birth month.

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A rectangle-shaped gold box, decorated with filigree, granulation and gems.
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Metalwork Takes a Bow: Techniques that Enhance Gemstone Jewelry

This collection of jewelry images illustrates how metalwork techniques showcase gemstone and jewelry designs.

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Two white jade bracelets with dark color patches.
Nephrite Bracelet with Filled Cavity

A jade bracelet contains unusual fillers, used to create a smooth surface.

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Kasumigaura pearl necklace and recently harvested nucleated pearls
Cultured Pearls from Lake Kasumigaura: Production and Gemological Characteristics

Examines Japanese “Kasumiga” freshwater cultured pearls, which grow in a variety of colors.

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Bursts of yellow and purple radiate throughout this round cut amertrine.
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Colorblocking: The Art and Fashion of Multicolor Gemstones

The fashion trend of colorblocking can be found in the artistic combinations of color in multicolor gemstones known for their color zoning or banding.

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A view from behind of a bejeweled winged insect.
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A Glittering Garden: A Menagerie of Designs from Mother Nature

Delightful garden creatures and flowers are favorite subjects that transform beautifully into Victorian, Art Nouveau and modern jewelry designs.

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Strand of small akoya bead-cultured pearls.
Very Small Akoya Cultured Pearls

A selection of very small akoya cultured specimens demonstrates the challenges gemologists face when determining pearl origin.

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