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Visiting a Pearl Farm
June 25, 2008

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Visiting a Pearl Farm

Pearl Farm Boat

I had sooooo much fun visiting this small pearl farm not far from Shanghai, China.

It was a little hike out to the pond through rice fields. The workers in the fields enjoyed having me snap their photo....they have such big smiles!

The fellow standing in the boat lives right next to the pond in a small shanty. When the owner asked him to gather some mussels he got out his boat and poled himself to the middle of the pond.

The green bottles you see are used as floats and hold up lines which have net bags with mussels in them.

This farmer buys the mussels already nucleated with about 50 tissue implants in each mussel. Most freshwater pearls in China are tissue nucleated which means they do not have a shell bead inside.

This pearl farm worker opened five mussels with a machete revealing several pearls in each large shell. The pearls were a rainbow of colors and lovely right out of the shell.

I was thrilled when they gave the pearls to me as a gift. I couldn't stop looking at these gorgeous pearls in so many colors, sizes, shapes, each one unique and special.

I hope each of you can visit a pearl farm someday.

More Quahog Pearl Finds

Jack's Quahog Pearl

Roni's Quahog Pearl Ring

Genevieve"s Purple Pearl

Leighton's Pearl Still in the Shell

Maria Luz's Purple Pearl

Polly's Quahog Pearl Earrings

I Recommend This Sale

Lavender Pearl Drop Set

I've put these sterling silver pearl drop sets (4 colors: white, pink, black and lavender) on sale now until JUlY 4, 2008.

Pay only $30 per set instead of the regular $55.

Check them out here.

Thanks for your prayers

Thanks for all the prayers for the Iowa flooding. We were not personally harmed by the water and things are slowly getting back to normal for those who were.

Be blessed,
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