Pearl Names According to Origin

Pearl names according to ORIGIN.

Natural Pearl in Paris
Natural Pearl in Paris
Photographed at Louvre Antique Shops

Oriental: pearls that are found in the true pearl-oyster, and have a marine or salt-water origin, being found either in the ocean or one of its adjacent tributaries, and belonging to one of the numerous species of the Margaritiferae.

Fresh-Water: pearls that are found in the fresh-water brooks, rivulets, rivers, or fresh-water lakes, and not in salt water, and which belong to the Unionidae.

Conch: that variety of pearl which is usually pink, or yellow, in color, and that is either found in the univalve shell, known as the common conch (Strombus gigas), or in the yellow shell (Cassis madagascarensis).

Clam Pearl: pearls that are found in the common clam of the Atlantic coast, and are either black, dark purple, purple, or mixed with white.

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Placuna Pearl: pearls that are found in the Placuna, or window-glass shell, in the East. They have a micaceous luster, are rarely of much value, and are sold entirely in the Orient, almost exclusively for medicinal purposes.

Oyster Pearl: concretions that are found in the common edible oyster (Ostrea). They are generally black, purple, or with a mixture of black and white, or purple and white.

Coque de perle: designates the globuse walls of the nautilus and possibly other shells that have a pearly nacre; they are almost hemispherical and are either round or long, having a pearly effect.

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Abalone: pearls that are found in the univalve "ear-shell" or awabi, as it is called in Japan. They are generally green, blue-green, or fawn-yellow, and have an intense red, flame-like iridescence. They are rarely round, generally flat, or irregular, and are ocasionally worth several thousands of dollars each.

Pinna Pearls: pearls that are found in the Pinna, or wing-shells of the Mediterranean and adjacent seas. These possess no orient, but are more highly crystalline than other pearls. They are almost translucent and have a peculiar red or yellow color.

Cocoanut Pearl: pearls that are found in the giant oyster or clam of the vicinity of Singapore; they are erroneously called cocoanut pearls because they have the apperance of the meat of the cocoanut. They are often of great size.

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Pearl Names According to Form and Appearance.

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