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Pearls: The Ultimate Southern Gem

Pearls are the ultimate southern gem and I am thrilled to tell you why! Today I booked two lunch talks with the Women of UGA alumnae groups! We will have a little lunch and I will share some amazing pearl knowledge with these southern pearl women.
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Australia to protect wrecked Japanese pearl ship

Australia to protect wrecked Japanese pearl ship | pearls | Scoop.it
SYDNEY, New South Wales — A Japanese pearling ship which has lain on the ocean floor off northern Australia for more than 70 years will be protected for its historical significance, the government said Sunday.
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Friends find twin pearls in abalone - The Border Mail

Friends find twin pearls in abalone - The Border Mail | pearls | Scoop.it
Friends find twin pearls in abalone
The Border Mail
A pleasure dive turned into a pearler for two men from the NSW South Coast on Saturday, when an abalone delivered more than a meal.
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Happy Birthday Cultured Pearls

Mikimoto is the founder of cultured pearls and today is the 120th birthday of cultured pearls!
 On this day, July 11, back in 1893 Mikimoto successful cultured his very first pearl.
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The Royal Baby's Bling - The Pearl Girls

The Royal Baby's Bling - The Pearl Girls | pearls | Scoop.it
One day HRH Prince George will wear pearls.
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Market Report | Pearls Go Punk - NYTimes.com

Market Report | Pearls Go Punk - NYTimes.com | pearls | Scoop.it
Long a symbol of demure femininity, the formerly staid gemstone is taking on an unexpected air of rebellion.
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What can I say? I still love the classics too!

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Researchers Try to Explain How Perfectly Round Pearls Form

Researchers Try to Explain How Perfectly Round Pearls Form | pearls | Scoop.it

Pearls develop as nacre and other liquids accumulate around grains of sand or other foreign objects inside certain oysters and other shellfish.

“But how do pearls grow into such perfect spheres?”

 

Dr Julyan Cartwright from the CSIC – Universidad de Granada in Spain and colleagues point out that the most flawless and highly prized pearls have perhaps the most perfectly spherical, or ball-like, shape among all the objects in nature that are visible without a microscope. “The answer may be relatively simple — with developing pearls having a saw-toothed, or ratchet-like, surface,” Dr Cartwright and his colleagues said.

 

That texture generates forces that make the pearl turn inside the oyster’s tissues in response to movements in the environment.

 

“The result is a spherical build-up of nacre and other textures. Rotating pearls are a perhaps unique example of a natural ratchet,” the scientists concluded.


Via David Simpson, Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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