Understanding Artificial Mallorca Pearls

Understanding Artificial Mallorca Pearls

People in early days exhibited a love for pearls. In fact, approximately 100 years ago, in Manacor, the second largest town on the island of Mallorca, Spain, it occurred to some residents to produce a pearl of high quality, with a specific shine, shape and weight, similar to that of natural pearls. To make these "artificial pearls" a crystal nucleus of high density is produced, with a specific weight very similar to that of the natural fine pearl.

While the actual technique to make the “faux pearls” is a closely guarded secret, it is known that it involves a solution made from the scales of multitudes of fish. Stories reveal that the crystal nucleus is bathed in this solution, and then dried by a heated rotating wheel. This process is repeated until several layers are accumulated over the nucleus. The thickness of the layers will guarantee the quality of the pearl.

These Mallorca pearls are a faithful imitation of a fine natural pearl and are famous worldwide. These pearls are superior to their natural counterparts because they are less prone to deterioration caused by perfume, make-up, nail varnish and perspiration. Mallorca pearls are famous for their superior quality and are worn by customers that demand their special characteristics due to being man-made cultured pearls that do not use oysters.

Cathedral, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Cathedral, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

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