mabe pearl

mabe pearl

 (māb) also ma·bé pearl (mä′bē, mä-bā′)
n.
A cultured pearl grown in such a way as to impart a flat-backed, hemispherical shape.

[Japanese mabe, penguin wing oyster (Magnavicula penguin syn. Pteria penguin), the species in which such pearls were first cultivated.]
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9ct yellow gold Mabe pearl ring in a bezel setting.
The lone brown alligator bag with black cover contained: '1 diamond-studded hair comb ($44,410); 1 gold crown with diamonds and 22 mabe pearls and cultured pearls ($18,835); 1 necklace with 5 large sapphires, with diamonds and 7 small sapphires (376,990); 1 emerald brooch (8 emeralds) with diamonds ($768,910); 1 tiara with mabe pearl center with diamonds and rubies ($47,105); 1 set comprised of 1 bracelet, 1 pair earrings and 1 brooch consisting of sapphires, rubies, diamonds ($1,487,415); 1 tiara with six s/s pearls and diamonds from Catchpole and Williams, 510 Oxford Street, London, England ($58,286); 1 tiara with diamonds, 1 diamond in center approximately 4k ($30,500); 4 gold earrings ($140); 1 pair diamond earrings in gold setting ($2,745).'
Potential of commercial development of mabe pearl farming in Va'vau Islands, Kingdom of Tonga.
Mabe pearls are produced by pasting hemispherical nuclei, usually made of plastic, of various shapes onto the interior shell surfaces of a host pearl oyster.
Although Pteria penguin is widely used for mabe pearl culture in Tonga, Japan, and a number of other countries (Southgate et al.
Currently, mabe pearl production techniques are mature and applied commercially on a large scale in China, including the Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan provinces.
Time to reach commercial size, [T.sub.100] and [T.sub.120], was also calculated to determine the time required for oysters at each site to reach 100 mm and 120 mm DVM, respectively-sizes suitable for mabe pearl production and round pearl production, respectively (Mao et al.
penguin for pearl production offers both opportunities for diversification within existing pearling industries and as a means of income generation for coastal communities, because mabe pearl production is less technically demanding than round pearl production (Southgate et al.
Changes in shell dimensions of pearl oysters Pinctada mazatlanica (Hanley 1856) and Pteria sterna (Gould 1852), during growth as criteria for Mabe pearl implants.
Historically, cultivation of Pteria penguin in China has been carried out mainly for the production of mabe pearls (Zhifeng et al.
Details are polished as they are fine, as seen in the gingko leaf earrings that smother the ear totallythe tense, intricately woven golden wires that fluff in a trimmed peacock's feather, or the mabe pearls from which birds dangle.
Inserting a hollow plastic shape between the tissues of the animal and the shell of a pearl oyster in its final year of production makes half round or mabe pearls. The animal secretes shell over the foreign material, resulting in a half globe shape that is continuous with the remainder of the interior of the shell.