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Brief History about Pearls

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Pearls are loved in all cultures around the world. Arabs believed that pearls are tears fallen from God, Greeks consider that Aphrodite, their goddess of love had shed pearls as tears.

In Bible too it says; gates of heaven are carved with pearls. Hindu god Krishna, gave his wife pearls during their wedding.

Romans were greatly fascinated with pearls, and only people of high birth could only wear them. During the British Empire too, pearls were exclusively reserved for royalty.

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Cultured pearls

During 1900’s in Japan, the science of cultivating pearls from oyster was developed by Kokichi Mikimoto.

Almost same time, another government biologist called Tokichi Nishikawa along with a carpenter called Tatsuhei Mise also successfully created Akoya pearl oyster. This was granted patent in the year 1907.

Mikimoto further created Akoya pearls, which was perfectly round and he altered patent in 1916.

Freshwater pearls

Chinese were cultivating freshwater pearls since many years and learned how to implant mould in the mussel’s inner shell and submerge it for few years under water and mollusc coated with nacre layers could be developed.

Cultivation technology developed by Chinese has further improved now and they are producing round freshwater pearls which are in competition with rival Akoya pearl of seawater.

Tahitian pearl

During 1600’s when French started colonizing in French Polynesian islands, then they too started harvesting pearl oyster which is mother of pearls in Europe.

Much later, during late 1960’s; modern culturing methods for producing pearl came to this island. After 40 years, the Tahitian pearl has captured almost 20% of world’s pearl market, which is the most popular type of pearl for jewellery buyers.

South sea pearl

In 1956, the first farm for pearl was started by one American entrepreneur along with Japanese grafting technician at Kuri Bay.

In 1962, Paspaley Pearl Company opened the first pearl farm then another in 1970 in Knocker Bay.

Paspaley not only became famous producers of finest south-sea cultured pearls in whole of the world, but also their efforts of nurturing and sustaining the native wild varieties of oyster population has kept these animals still alive.