Our pearl knowledge tour continues! Did you know that among the world’s 8,000 species of mollusk, only about 20 produce pearls. They are found in rivers and seas from Scotland to French Polynesia. So many…
Continuing with our pearl theme for the month, here are some pearl facts by the numbers.
At Christie’s auction house in April 2007, $7.1 million was paid for a suite of natural pearl jewelry that had been owned by the maharaja of Baroda. The original seven strand necklace is now two strands.
Pearls have been prized throughout their history for their lustrous, sensuous beauty. Pearls are an oddity in the jewelry word. Unlike other gemstones, which must be extracted from the earth, pearls come from a living animal, a mollusk. They derive their iridescence, their glow, from an organic material called nacre; the mollusk secretes it when an irritant (usually a microscopic organism, not as commonly thought, a piece of sand) finds its way into the fleshy part inside the shell.