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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Asian Origins of Freshwater Pearls

Chinese historical records dating from 2300 B.C. tell of pearls being given to royalty, although record of the initial discovery is quite unknown. Pearls have been prized throughout both Western and Eastern history as gems of rarity, value and beauty, reserved for high royalty and nobility.

To the left, shell pearls in the image of Buddha can be seen as an example of historical Chinese ingenuity in the practice of pearl culturing.

Image Courtesy: American Museum of Natural Science and Royal Ontario Museum

courtesy Kiyojo

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