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Kamala Harris wears her signature pearls as she accepts the vice-presidential nomination at the August 2020 virtual Democratic National Convention broadcast from Wilmington, Deleware. (Win McNamee/Getty Images). Harris has worn pearls to almost every single significant event in her career, including while giving her debut news conference as the first woman elected as California’s attorney […]

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The Queen’s love of pearls stems from a family tradition going back hundreds of years. No matter the occasion, Queen Elizabeth is rarely seen without her favorite piece of jewelry – her signature pearl necklace.“Pearls are traditional for Queens going back one thousand years — there has never been a Queen who didn’t wear pearls,” […]

How do oysters make pearls?

Pearls are made by marine oysters and freshwater mussels as a natural defence against an irritant such as a parasite entering their shell or damage to their fragile body. The oyster or mussel slowly secretes layers of aragonite and conchiolin, materials that also make up its shell. This creates a material called nacre, also known […]

The Culture of Freshwater Pearls

A great irony of pearl history is that the least expensive cultured pearl product in the market today rivals the quality of the most expensive natural pearls ever found. The price-value anomaly is obvious to consumers as they hasten to buy Chinese freshwater bargains. Indeed, pearls from freshwater mussels lie at the center of the […]

The fish that’s also a pearl

Pearls are the result of a mollusc’s reaction to irritants such as parasites that enter its shell. Although model pearls are perfectly round and smooth, in reality they come in a huge number of shapes and sizes. Watch Andreia Salvador, Curator of Marine Mollusca, take a look at one of the Museum’s most extraordinary and […]

What’s Killing the Oysters

by Peter TysonJapan’s akoya oysters have been preëminent among cultured pearls ever since Kokichi Mikimoto first established the industry in the early part of this century. But since 1994, something has been killing off the akoyas of Ago Bay, the heart of Japan’s cultured-pearl business, and elsewhere in the country. Experts attribute the initial oyster deaths in […]

Mutiara dari siput

Banyak yang mengenal mutiara dari jenis kerang mutiara yang umum dibudidaya, namun ternyatamasih banyak potensi mutiara yang bisa dihasilkan oleh moluska jenis lain termasuk jenis siput ataugastropod. Potensi ini memang sangat besar! Sebut saja mutiara dari Strombus gigas atau Melomelo dan dari jenis abalone, Haliotis iris yang terkenal di Selandia Baru. Jangan dulu bicara tentangmutiara […]