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July 9, 2007

Akoya pearl farm and oysters farming

Akoya pearl farm and oysters farming

I took some photos about akoya pearl farms in 2006 year.

I took one photo at the shore. The remote is akoya pearl farm. Because of seawater pollution, the oysters must be cultured in the deep sea.

Because the tide fell, we had to took off our shoes, stepped to the small boat at the sea so that we can visit the pearl farm by boat.

The wide oyster beds
We finally got to the akoya pearl farm at the deep sea. The seawater is blue,no polluted to guarantee the quality of cultured pearls.
the bulk akoya oysters in the cages are hung beneath the sea water.

The akoya oysters in the cage
Saltwater oysters are generally nucleated using a "bead" prepared from mother-of-pearl. Then they are placed in cages and moved into the oyster beds. The pearls in oysters are gradually developing.
( Colorful films are not available, so we had to take photos using white-black films. )


July 11, 2007

How to care for your cultured pearls

Pearls are very soft and need special care. They never should be tossed on top of or next to other gems in a jewelry box. Store them in a jewelry pouch.

Some chemicals such as perfume,vinegar and lemon juice can easy damage the perals ,also the Heart and dry air can make the pearls turn dry and crack.And the acid skin of  a woman constant contact the pearl necklace can also make the pearls loose its luster  and become barrel-shaped.

obviously It is a good habite to grap the shank or metal part rather than the pearls when taking off a pearl ring, and to apply perfume, hair spray, and other cosmetics before putting on your pearls, This will prevent the pearl from loosening and coming into contact with skin oil on your addition do not let the pearl in the safe deposit vaults for long time can prevent the dry ari to damage it.

Because your fine pearls , special care must  be taken .

Cleaning Pearls

  • Wipe them off  with a soft cloth or chamois ,which may be dry or damp,prevent the dirt from accumulating  and keep perspiration.
  • Use a drop of olive oil  on the cloth when wipe them can help maintain their luster.
  • Never use an ultrasonic cleaner, toothbrushes, scouring pads or abrasive materials cleaner , or steam-clean the pearls.
  • Never use (or expose pearls) to dish or wash detergents, bleaches, powdered cleansers, baking soda, or ammonia-based cleaners (like Windex).
  • using special pearl cleaner  ,pearl-safe  jewelry cleaner to clean.
  • Pay attention to the areas around the drill holes where dirt may tend to collect.
  • Do not wear pearls when their string is wet. Wet strings stretch and attract dirt, which is hard to remove.
  • Do not hang pearls to dry,lay them flat in a moist kitchen towel to dry.after washing your pearls.

Storing Pearls

Don't store your pearls with other jewelry, because they can be scratched easily when metal or gemstones rub against them. Find a special slot in your jewelry box for the pearls, or keep them in a soft bag made from chamois or another non-abrasive material.Do not let the pearl in the safe deposit vaults for long time.If you wear pearls often ,you will return them back to jewelers about every six monthers, and have a jewelry professional verify that your jewelry are securely mounted or the string is still good.




July 12, 2007

Peals Culture & special usage

The pearl is the oldest gem—often referred to as the “queen of gems”  is become more popular in human life not just  for their  charming luster and different color ,also the cultures &history of the pearls  always attract the pepoles ,also the special usage of the pearl such as Cosmetic & Medicianl Uses are common in the  pepole's life.

  Throughout the age, Human have been enchanted by pearls and the shells of the mollusks that produce them.

Almost 6,000 years ago,In Greeks, pearls signified purity and loyalty to the marital bed. The Greek god Hymen, the god of marriage, is often depicted holding a strand of pearls, representing the marital bond between Eros (heart) and Psyche (mind).

During the Roman Empire at the time of Julius Cesar  the first “pearl craze” occurred . Their value was so high that just one pearl could fund an entire war!

During the Renaissance the second “pearl craze” occurred . Spanish royalty became wealthy from pearls found in the Americas by explorers.

During the Middle Ages,  pearls often wore by   gallant cavalier onto the battle field for protection.

In feudal Japan, physicians treated their noble clients with pearl ointments and tablets. Pearls were also prescribed in potions for longevity and love.

In Persia, pearls were used to cure indigestion, hemorrhaging, and malaria.

In  many  Asian countries like china, pearls  powders and pearls  pills as well as pearls  creams and pearls  ointments are often use to treat toxicity and diseases of the eye and ear in china.

For centuries,people have relied on “pearl powder” made from ground up shells and low-grade pearls to give their skin that pale, pearlescent glow.

July 13, 2007

Some mistake about pearl

Pearl becomes more popular in the common life,more and more pepole want to chose some fashion pearl,but because lack of the knowledge about pearl ,some mistake occasiionly  made by them when decided to choose the pearls.

  The most frequenly mistake will make is : cultured pearl is not a real pearl.In fact the cultured  pearls is indeed real pearls, but not nature pearl. the pepole who make this mistake must think that only the nature pearl is reall pearls.  but now a day  the nature pearl is rare, and most real pearl are cultured. because the cultured pearl are made exactly the same way a natural pearl is in that a pearl oyster secretes the same mineral and protein around an irritant, so the cultured pearl is indeed a real peral. The difference is that in a cultured pearl, the irritant is introduced by man ,and nature pearls is irritanted nature.

The another frequenly mistake is that :Akoya Pearls  only product in japan.This mistake often make because of the term of the "japan akoya pearl". In fact the term  "Japanese Akoya Pearls" was often use in last century ,because in the time japanese has been the undisputed champion producer of Akoya pearls.Due to the fact that any given Akoya pearl necklace today almost certainly contains Chinese Akoya pearls, the JCK** has recently announced that the phrase "Japanese Akoya Pearls" is no longer an accurate industry term, and should not be used.The akoya pearl now is often the same of  salt water pearl, there can product anywhere especial in china.

Consider to saving the pearl ,mistake that  wearing pearls while sleep enhance their luster is often make.Contrary to this popular myth, the acidic oils and sweat in skin can actually discolor your pearls and damage their luster. however  after wearing them is a good  wipe down your pearls with   a drop of olive oil  on a soft cloth or chamois  .


Pearl choosing tips

 To choose a pearl,Iit is important to determine the difference between fine quality pearls and average pearls. The luster, nacre thickness and quality (the outer layer), color, surface perfection, shape, and size must be conside when select them.there are some tips here just can help you distinguishing quality  of  the pearl.


First luster is  important factors to notice,Luster is essentially the reflective quality or brilliance of the surface of the pearl nacre.Quality pearls will have a sharp contrast between the brightest area where direct light is hitting the pearls and the shaded area creating an illusion of a "ball within the pearl.", contrarily avage Pearls with low luster appear white or chalky.Check for luster by examining them  on a flat white surface, e.g. white cloth, paper or tray. under a gray or white light instead of away from the light and never under a black light which make you difficult to qualitify the pearl.Compare different pearls under same condition have a relative idea of what you want is  also a good idea.

Color and Overtones

Pearl color is also important.To check the color make sure they have not been dyed is most important.You can judge the color of pearls against a non-reflective white background. If possible you would look at the pearls under different types of light sources-daylight near a window, fluorescent, and incandescent (light bulbs) to check them .When you focus on one color too long to check them, your perception of it becomes distorted you'd better Look away from the pearls at other colors and objects for a while.

Surface Characteristics

Examine pearls' surface for blemishes. Although is best to check for most pearl characteristics on a light background, it is best to check for blemishes on a dark background. Check in both intense and diffused light. Chips.Gaps, or cracks in the pearl's surface are the must be avoid  , because these serious flaws can cause the pearl to break or peel.


When choosing pearls also consider shape.Indeed, perfectly round pearls are actually quite rare,Pearl experts generally divide pearl shapes into three broad categories:spherical,Symmetrical and baroque.Spherical shapes are perfectly round or nearly round and most desirable.Symmetrical shapes are are balanced and regular and desirable but usually less expensive than spherical pearls. Baroque pearls are irregularly shaped and often the least expensive.


Size should also be taken into consideration. Naturally, the larger the size of the pearl, the greater its value.But price jumps between pearl sizes are often uneven. As the size of Akoya pearls over 7  millimeters are much more costly and prices dramatically rise with each ? millimeter over 8 millimeters. South Sea and Tahitian pearls also have high increase in price when size is over 15 millimeters.

Pearl Matching

One more factor to consider in pearls is the precision in matching the pearl quality in a string of pearls. Pearl matching affects the value of the jewelry because when pearls are not matched properly it takes away from the appearance of the jewelry. that would be impossible! Nor does it even mean that all of the pearls in the piece are generally uniform in size, shape, and color. It basically means that the pearls "fit together" in a pleasing manner. For example, a long strand of pearls may have a large pearl in the center, with pearls which grow gradually smaller strung along either side ,or the pearls are all drilled in the center so they lay properly.

Return Policy

Other things to consider when purchasing pearls include finding out what the merchant's return policy is. the  30-day full refund policy like is very important.

July 14, 2007

A Glossary of Pearl Jewellery Terms

Akoya pearls

Pearls from the Akoya saltwater oyster which is the mainstay of the Japanese pearl industry. Now also farmed by China and other countries.

Baroque pearls

Irregular shaped pearls of all shapes and sizes, neither round nor symmetrical. The surface is usually uneven. Most are inexpensive, but some have come to be the centrepiece for very expensive pieces of jewellery.


A pearl necklace of more than three concentric strands.

Biwa pearl

Cultured freshwater pearls grown in Lake Biwa in Japan.

Black-lipped oyster

The oyster famous for the Tahitian pearl which is found in the South Pacific in and around Tahiti and French Polynesia.

Black pearls

A natural coloured dark pearl grown in the black-lipped oyster. The colour is black, light black/silvery or a dark grey, although other very dark colours such as the rarer peacock green are also referred to as black pearls. Natural colour black pearls are rare and most of the cheaper black pearls, especially freshwater, are dyed.


Little marks, bumps, scars or irregularities on a pearl’s surface that give a pearl strand its personality, although heavy marking will lower its value.

Blister pearls

In reality, a natural pearl which occurs when a parasite intrudes through the outer shell of a mollusc. The mollusc secretes nacre over the irritant, cementing it to the shell itself. Blister pearls are usually irregular in shape.

Blue pearl

A dark-coloured pearl whose colour derives from foreign contaminants in the nacre, or between the nacre and the shell bead nucleus. Typically, blue pearls are naturally coloured dark Akoya pearls, which may be blue or other dark colours.

Choker length

A pearl necklace 14 - 16 inches (35 - 40 cm) in length.


The type of oyster or mussel is a key determinant in colour. Different geographical areas have different molluscs which produce different colours.


The process whereby a mussel or oyster is seeded, cared for and harvested to produce a cultured pearl.

Cultured pearls

Pearls formed by the insertion of a piece of mantle tissue, with or without a nucleus, into the host oyster or mussel.

Dog collar

A choker length formed from multi-strands.

Freshwater pearls

Pearls predominantly flesh-nucleated typically in mussels in several countries around the world, notably China, Japan and the USA.

Gold-lipped oyster

These oysters produce beautiful light yellowish or golden pearls. They are found mostly around South East Asian countries such as Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Graduated strand

A strand of pearls starting with small pearls at one end and gradually getting bigger until the centre where the largest pearl will lie. The pearls then graduate back to the other end.

Half pearls

Whole pearls that have had one side removed to remove blemishes. If about three quarters of the pearl remains, it is known as a three-quarter pearl.

Imitation pearls

Pearls manufactured to look like natural or cultured pearls. Various types exist. Solid or hollow glass beads coated with pearl essence derived from fish scales are one type, whilst lacquer covered beads are another. Cheaper varieties are created from plastic.


This refers to the optical effect whereby prismatic colours, similar to the ones seen on oil films, can be seen. Iridescence is the play of lustrous colours, which may be like those of the rainbow or a subtle combination of colours such as pink, blue, green, and silver.

Keshi pearls

These are small roundish natural pearls formed naturally in the soft tissue of the mollusc during the cultivation process from small pieces of the mollusc’s own shell. The mollusc treats these pieces as irritants and coats them with nacre.


Small knots tied between each pearl in a strand to prevent them rubbing together and to avoid the loss of pearls if the necklace breaks.


The appearance/shininess of a pearl’s surface judged by its ability to reflect light. One of the most important factors in judging and pricing pearls.

Mabe pearls

Formed when a half-bead is cemented to the mollusc's inner shell. The mollusc covers the half bead with nacre and when the shell is cut off, the bead is exposed at the back. The bead is removed, the pearl cleaned (to prevent deterioration) and the remaining hole filled with paste, wax or sometimes with another bead and then covered with a mother-of-pearl backing. Mabe pearls must only be used in closed-back settings. Also referred to as a half-pearl or cultured blister pearl.


The part of a mollusc’s soft tissue that secretes nacre. This tissue is also used to nucleate and stimulate pearl formation in freshwater pearls.


A well-known type of imitation pearls from the Spanish island of the same name. Also known as Majorcan pearls, they are quite popular in the USA. Many people believe them to be real pearls when, in fact, they are high quality imitations.

Matinee length

A pearl necklace 20 - 26 inches (50 - 66 cm) long.

Mikimoto pearls

A leading brand of pearls founded by Kokichi Mikimoto, the Japanese man credited as the creator of cultured pearls.


An invertebrate with a soft body often protected by a shell such as clam, oyster and mussel.


The smooth, hard pearly lining on the interior of oyster and mollusc shells, famous for buttons and small decorative objects. It is the same substance as nacre which forms pearls.

Nacre (‘NAY-ker’)

The pearly substance secreted by the mantle of certain molluscs to form a pearl.

Natural pearls

Formed entirely by an act of nature and without any assistance from man. An irritant such as a parasite or other foreign object enters the body and is covered in concentric layers of nacre inside the mollusc.

Near round pearls

Close to round shape and slightly rounder than off-round shape.

Non-nucleated pearls

Typically refers to freshwater pearls whereby mantle tissue from another mollusc is inserted to stimulate pearl growth. Refers to tissue-nucleated pearls.

Nucleated pearls

A nucleus is inserted into a mollusc to speed up the pearl growth. Acting as the irritant, the nuclei is covered by nacre.

Off-round pearls

Slightly flattened or slightly oval in shape.

Opera length

A pearl necklace 28 - 36 inches (70 - 90 cm) in length.


The pearly lustre seen on pearls or mother-of-pearl shells. Also known as iridescence.

Oriental pearls

Natural pearls found in the waters of the Persian Gulf. Due to pollution, production is almost non-existent nowadays.


A natural pearl by definition, whereas cultured pearls should be referred to as ‘cultured pearl’ However, as cultured pearls now make up over 95% of world pearl production, it has become common to use the term ‘pearl’ to refer to cultured pearls.

Princess length

A pearl necklace 16 - 20 inches (40 - 50 cm) in length.

Rope length

A pearl necklace 40inches (100cm)

Round pearls

Are perfectly round in shape.

Semi-baroque pearls

Typically are not round and not irregular but are somewherein between, such as potato, pear, drop, button and egg shapes.


A key criterion in pearl pricing and quality. Most pearls are divided into four major categories: round, off-round, semi-baroque and baroque.

Silver-lipped oyster

A South Sea type found usually around Australia which produces large and beautiful white and silvery white South Sea pearls.

South Sea cultured pearls

The area usually defined as South Sea extends from South East Asia, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia and Philippines through the coastal waters of Northern Australia to the South Pacific, French Polynesia and Tahiti. They are known for their large and expensive pearls which can be grown relatively quickly.


Otherwise known as twisters whereby you twist multi-strand pearls around each other ? a popular way to wear freshwater pearl strands.

Uniform strand

A pearl strand whose pearls are almost the same size as each other.

A Pearl Necklace You Could Fly Away With!

A Pearl Necklace You Could Fly Away With!


rdinarily, I try to refrain from personal commentary, views and opinions when showcasing a piece of jewelry (certainly when it is not one of our own manufacture..;-).

I simply show the piece and leave it to you faithful readers to make your own judgements.

This time, I simply cannot help myself!

What in the world was this jewelry designer thinking when he/she created this pearl necklace, called "Splendid Night" for a recent exhibit of pearl jewelry in Jinan City, China!!!

This necklace is beyond ostentatious.....

I mean, it almost looks like a set of wings!!

Perfect for a peacock, not a woman, IMO.


Notice any similarities?



Pelosi Makes Statement With Pearls



Now that Nancy Pelosi has become Speaker of House, she is being graded not just on her politics but also on her fashion.

The Washington Post noted that, when she made her debut, "Pelosi had to decide how a woman who will be second in line of sucsession to the presidency should look".

Pelosi responded to the challenge with a power suit accessorized with a beautiful strand of multi color pearls (hopefully they were real :)...).

I guess pearl jewelry isn't just in style, it has now entered the political arena as well!


July 15, 2007

Baroda Pearls -- Over $7 Million

The Famous Necklace sold at New York—Christie's auction house for $7,096,000. has received a record price for the Baroda Pearls.


Baroda Pearls

Baroda Pearls

Pearls source

Information on species and countries where natural pearls are found. 

Australia Where are pearls found?  

Country/Area/Body of Water Mollusk
New South Wales Pinctada maxima (White-lipped oyster, gold-lipped oyster)
Northern Territory Pinctada maxima
Queensland--Cairns Pinctada maxima
Queensland--Cooktown Pinctada maxima
Queesland--Thursday Island Pinctada maxima
Torres Strait Pinctada maxima
Western Australia--Broome Pinctada maxima
Western Australia--Burrup Peninsula Pinctada maxima
Western Australia--Cygnet Bay, Deep Water Point, Talbot Bay, Willie Creek Pinctada maxima
Western Australia--Exmouth Gulf, King Sound, Kuri Bay, Montebello Island, Pender Bay, Roebuck Bay Pinctada maxima
Western Australia--Shark Bay Pinctada albino (Arafur pearl oyster)

 Canada Where are pearls found?

British Columbia--Faumfield Marine Station, Burnaby Abalone: Haliotis kamtschatkana (Pinto abalone)



Guangdong--LiuSha Gang Cristaria plicata (River shell, wrinkle shell), Hyriopsis cumingi (Triangle shell)
Guangdong--Chenghai, Nan Ao, Shantou Hyriopsis cumingi
Guangxi Hyriopsis cumingi, Hyriopsis schlegi
Jiangsu--Changzhou Hyriopsis sumingi
Jiangsu--Lake Taihu and nearby ponds Hyriopsis cumingi
Zhejiang--Shaoxing, Zhuji Hyriopsis cumingi, Hyriopsis schlegi (Biwa perly mussel)




Guangdong--Chenghai Pinctada fucata (Chinese Akoya oyster)
Guangdong--LiuSha Gang Pinctada fucata
Guangxi--Beihai Pinctada fucata
Guangxi--Hepu Pinctada fucata

Cook Islands

Cook Islands Pinctada maculata (Maculated pearl oyster)
Cook Islands Pinctada margaritfera, var. cumingi (Black-lipped oyster
Cook Islands Pinctada maxima


French Polynesia Where are pearls found?

Anuanuraro Pinctada margaritifera, var. cumingi
Gambier Islands--Mangareva Pinctada margaritifera, var. cumingi
Tuamotu Archipelago--Ahe Pinctada margaritifera, var. cumingi
Tuamotu Archipelago--Aratika Pinctada margaritifera, var. cumingi
Tuamotu Archipelago--Apataki, Arutua, Faaite, Fakarawa, Kauehi, Makemo, Nego Nego, Rangiroa Pinctada margaritifera, var. cumingi
Tuamotu Archipelago--Hikueru, Takapoto, Takaroa, Takume Pinctada margaritifera, var. cumingi
Tuamotu Archipelago--Kaukura, South Marutea Pinctada margaritifera, var. cumingi
Tuamotu Archipelago--Manihia Pinctada margaritifera, var. cumingi


Indonesia Where are pearls found?

Flores Pinctada maxima
Irian Jaya--Sorong, Wageo Pinctada maxima
Maluku--Aru, Ceram Pinctada maxima
Maluku--Bacan, Dobo, Halmahera, Tanimbar, Tual Pinctada maxima
Nusa Tenggara Barat--Gili Air Pinctada maxima
Sulawasi--Banggai, Togian Pinctada maxima
Sumatra--Lampung Pinctada maxima
Sumbawa Pinctada maxima
Timor--Kupang Pinctada maxima







Lake Biwa Hyriopsis schlegeli
Lake Kasumiga Hyriopsis cumingi--Hyriopsis schlegeli hybrid


Mexico Where are pearls found?

Baja California Pteria sterna (Western winged pearl oyster)
Baja California--La Paz Pinctada mazatlanica (Panamanian pearl oyster)
Guyamas Pinctada mazatlanica



North America

Pacific Coast Abalone: Haliotis rufescens (Red abalone), H. fulgens (Green abalone)


Philippines Where are pearls found?

Mindanao--Davao, Zamboanga Pinctada maxima
Palawan: Surigao Strait Pinctada maxima
Visayan Islands--Bohl, Cebu, Panay Pinctada maxima


South Africa

South Africa Abalone: Haliotis


United States--Freshwater

Tennessee--Kentucky Lake, Tennessee River Megalonaias Nervosa
Texas--San Angelo Megalonaias Nervosa


United States--Saltwater

Hawaii Pinctada margaritifera



Ho Tay Cristaria plicata



Vietnam Pinctada fucata



Christies to Auction Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry.

Christie's Magnificent Jewels auction on April 25 will feature three couture pieces from House of Taylor's Elizabeth Collection, inspired by actress Elizabeth Taylor.

The first piece is a diamond-encrusted necklace with 12 golden pearls mounted in 18-karat white gold, estimated at $200,000 to $300,000.

This diamond and pearl necklace and earrings set from House of Taylor's Elizabeth Collection will be auctioned at Christie's Magnificent Jewels sale on April 25.

The second piece is a pair of diamond-encrusted earrings with four large golden pearls set in 18-karat gold, estimated at $6,000 to $8,000.

The third piece is a double-strand ruby-and-diamond necklace with a tassel featuring cushion- and oval-cut rubies with round- and marquis-cut diamond floral accents in 18-karat gold, estimated at $180,000 to $250,000.


All pieces display a stamp that reads "Elizabeth."

Tahitian pearl pendant designed by Hanna Martin


Solid gold spur and Tahitian pearl pendant. designed by Hanna Martin


Gorgeous new designs

Gorgeous new designs from Mikimoto pearl jewelry designers



July 18, 2007

A glance of LiuSha Gang Pearl Farm

As a professional Pearl wholesaler , we have our owned pearl farm in Zhangjiang (Liusha Gang or Liusha Town), a major Akoya pearl  farming region in China.These are some photo may be attract you of our pearl.

 On the way to our pearl farm from my home village,the first shock of feeling by the lying castled bank.


Just take a overlook of our farm ,you will have a first mind of where our pearls come from.

DSC00555.JPG Now, you can on the way to the pearl just by the boat. oh,oh,so many funny boats,.......


Seeing  the floating pearl farms are located in fairly proximity to one another. Do you want to
get closely to the oysters yourself.

DSC00573.JPG Oh,you can carefully inspects Nets full of oysters now. DSC00580.JPG

What kind of Pearl Style Would you like

Most of gem and jewelry lovers want to wear a pearl jewelry that suit for him,of course the pearl earring and pearl necklace is not a bad  choosing.

   Some pearl earring  often wrapped on two rows of golden chain or Sterling Silver Chain,if you are a  birdesmaid  want to feel  noblest,this can fit you.

white saltwater pearls Dangles Bridal Earrings

If you  want to catch the eye of every person in every situation ,a  pair of 15mm drop South Sea pearl earrings or a  8.5-9mm multi-color bread pearl earring  feels good.

8.5-9mm multi-color bread  pearl earring

If you do not like the heavy earring ,thus has 7-8mm pearl stud would be perfect.

About the pearl strund , There are five well-known and accepted lengths for pearl necklaces .
Choker is usually 14 to 16 inches in length, lying just below the hollow of the neck,often wears in a special occassion,such as wedding.

bread pearl choker wedding necklace


   The  pearl necklace  16 to 20 inchs in  length called “princess”  is suit for the young fashion can make the young lady more charming and vigorous.

inches length black akoya pearl necklace

To a mature lady ,The “matinee” is 20 to 26 inches long may be good.undefinity it is a noblest and glamorous apparel.

The “opera” length is about 28 to 32 inches  and  The “rope” is anything longer than opera length,it is a good choosing , when you want to draw everyone's attention on you  .

rpn038 48inch 4-5mm pink nugget pearls and rose quarts long necklace

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