A Brief History of Pearls: South Sea Pearl Processing

  A brief history of pearls


South Sea pearls have extremely thick nacre, which adds to their durability and strength. Because fine South Sea cultured pearls are identical to natural pearls on the outside, the only way to tell the difference between the two types is by examining an X-ray.

Minimal Processing for South Sea Pearls

Because South Sea pearls don't need to be treated, dyed or enhanced in any way, they only require minimal processing. Usually, only cleaning and slight polishing are necessary to bring out their natural beauty and glow.

Experts carefully examine each pearl before sending it for processing.

The Natural Beauty of South Sea Pearls

Unlike other types of pearls, these large, lustrous gems take quite some time to cultivate - between 2 and 3 years - and during that time, a very thick layer of nacre develops. Usually, pearls with thick nacre create a beautiful luster.

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How pearls are harvested
How pearls brought to market
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Akoya Pearl Processing
Akoya Pearl Evaluation
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Quality Factor Three: Shape
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Quality Factor Four: Color
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Quality Factor Five: Size
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South Sea Pearl Harvesting
South Sea Pearl Processing
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Surface of South Sea Pearls
Shape of South Sea Pearls
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Size of South Sea Pearls
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Shape of Tahitian Pearls
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