Do you use pearls in
your jewelry designs? Need a better
understanding of pearls and how they grow…
How Pearls are Formed
A pearl is a natural gem created by a living
organism. When a foreign object is introduced into a mussel or oyster the
animal coats the irritant with a substance called Layers of nacre build up to make a
Most wild, natural pearl producing oyster beds have vanished due to
over-fishing, oil drilling and pollution. Today, the world's most beautiful
pearls are cultured.
Cultured pearls share the same properties as wild pearls. The difference is
that a technician opens the shel... » Read More
For my first post of the New Year I've decided on Bead Type Definitions - my hope is to make this an "educational - informative" Blog and not all about me :O)
I hope you find this helpful....
l Vintage German Glass: glass produced in Germany (East & West) prior to the WWII. Beads produced during this period, or new beads produced from the vintage glass canes, are highly sought after and prized, as they are scarce. Beads were made by placing molten glass in to molds and are referred to as “pressed glass”. Many of the German glassmakers fled to Czechoslovakia at the start of the war only to return years later to find that their businesse... » Read More