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cultured pearl

n
(Jewellery) a pearl induced to grow in the shell of an oyster or clam, by the insertion of a small object around which layers of nacre are deposited
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cul′tured pearl′


n.
a pearl induced to form by placement of a grain of sand or another irritating object within the shell of a pearl oyster or mussel.
[1920–25]
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cultured pearl

nZuchtperle f
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These included the very first cultured pearl, up to an array of limited-edition pearl creations that have become iconic to the brand.
Since the mid-1970s, it has supported cultured pearl production in French Polynesia and the Cook Islands, which today is valued at around $170 million per annum.
The sale also features a breathtaking baroque cultured pearl and diamond dress ring, estimated at between PS1,500 and PS2,000, A Ceylon saphire and diamond pendant could realise more than PS3,500.
Other items being sold in the auction include a mid-20th century 18-carat gold emerald and diamond three-stone ring priced at PS60-90, a Mappin & Webb 18 carat gold diamond heart pendant,PS150-200, and a pair of Boodles 18 carat gold cultured pearl ear studs, PS60-90.
Several cultured pearl varieties are used as starting materials, including both freshwater (souffle and drop) and saltwater (Tahitian baroque, drop and keshi; golden and white South Sea baroque, drop and keshi; Sea of Cortez keshi; and Vietnamese blue akoya).
But from the 1930s onwards pearling suffered twin onslaughts: the cultured pearl, a technique developed by British biologist William Saville-Kent to create a simulated pearl, which was successfully marketed by the Japanese; and the discovery of oil on the island.
During that summer, while the pearling fleet was at sea, a cheap alternative from Japan, the cultured pearl, poured intothe international markets wiping out the natural pearl industry.
X-rays confirmed one was the real thing, while its pair was a cultured pearl.
Mikimoto, the originator of cultured pearls since 1893, has launched its new love collection - a series of intricate pendants and delicate rings featuring the Japanese Akoya cultured pearl and designed around the word 'LOVE'.
They comprise a freshwater cultured pearl, opal and diamond torsade necklace by Van Cleef and Arpels (PS6000-8000); a mid 20th century rock crystal Lily of the Valley spray brooch, also by Van Cleef and Arpels (PS4000-6000) and an Italian aquamarine torsade necklace (PS6000-8000).
RAK Pearls is currently the region's only cultured pearl producer, and in terms of harvest potential now has some 40,000 oysters maturing
Try the tooth test: when rubbed against the enamel of your tooth the fake is smooth but a real or cultured pearl feels gritty.