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Culturing Mabe Pearls
In order to culture a mabe pearl, a small plastic hemisphere is glued to the inside of the mollusk's shell. After about 2 to 3 years, when a sufficient amount of nacre has covered the hemispherical nucleus, the oyster is harvested and the pearl is cut out of the shell. The nucleus is removed and the resulting cavity is filled with an epoxy resin. The pearl is treated with lacquer and a sealant before being backed with a mother-of-pearl plate. Mabe pearls are sometimes referred to as blister pearls.
Ptera Penguin oysters are the most common type used to culture mabe pearls and account for roughly 75 percent of the pearls produced today. Mabe pearls are usually silvery-grey with overtones of pink, green, violet or blue iridescence.
Buying Mabe Pearls from American Pearl
American Pearl has been in the pearl business for over 50 years and maintains a small showroom in the heart of New York City's Diamond District. Our first shop was located on 5th avenue, alongside many renowned retailers. Our industry connections allow us to maintain close relationships with our suppliers, ensuring the rare and unique pearls we sell are of the highest quality. Our low overhead costs allow us to pass our savings onto our customers, giving them amazing deals on mabe pearls.
American Pearl offers customers a satisfaction guarantee to ensure each person that buys a mabe pearl pendant, mabe pearl earrings or mabe pearl ring from us is completely happy. We are a member of The Jewelers Vigilance Committee and the Cultured Pearl Association of America.