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Baroda Pearl Carpet

Pearls Under Your Feet

When you think of pearls, the words ‘elegant’ and ‘classy’ usually come to mind. After reading about Basra pearls, you might just add the word ‘luxurious’ to that list.

Originating from the Persian and Arabian Gulf and countries such as Bahrain and Kuwait, Basra pearls have created quite the reputation amongst pearl enthusiasts the world over.

Produced by the Pinctada Radiate (Gulf Pearl Oyster) the earliest records of these pearls date back to 300 B.C.!  The supply has diminished significantly since the oil industry boomed in the Arab countries, which dealt a heavy blow to the pearl culturing industry the region. This plot takes a fortuitous turn, since this shrinking market has made the Basra pearl all the more desirable.

Basra pearls are of an irregular shape, often having a yellow or pink tint. The most sought after Basra Pearls are the natural, un-drilled pearls with a silvery white tone and a spherical shape.

This is a one of a kind piece called the Baroda Pearl carpet. It’s hard to imagine, but here you can see how 30,000 carats of pearls will look if you decide to use them as a carpet for your living room!

Take a closer look…

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Pearl of Allah

Creepy or Cool? The World’s Largest Pearls.

When most people think of pearls they think of elegant pretty little beads that make amazing jewelry. Well, that might be very, very true but pearls can also look very abnormal. Although its rare, pearls can grow to be as big as an egg, or even bigger! They can also take on a wide variety of shapes and colors. Pearls of unusual shape are referred to as “Baroque” and many of them can be just as beautiful or more beautiful than round pearls are!

Believe it or not the pictures you see are real pearls made by real mollusks. Found in the Philippines, these pearls are the largest in the world.

Once thought to be the world's largest pearl, this is the Pearl of Lao Tzu, also known as the Pearl of Allah.
Once thought to be the world’s largest pearl, this is the Pearl of Lao Tzu, also known as the Pearl of Allah.

For a pearl to reach such a size, it takes many years, possibly hundreds! Because of their size these pearls could be worth millions – that’s more than a house! Can you believe that? A pearl worth more than a house? Well, it’s possible. The “Pearl of Allah”, weighs 14 pounds and is estimated to be worth $60 Million.

But would you believe that that massive natural wonder isn’t even the largest pearl ever discovered? Around a decade ago, a fisherman from the Philippines unearthed the massive pearl pictured below from a giant clam. Deciding that it would be an excellent good luck charm, he kept it under his bed all this time. Current estimates value this 75 pound, two foot long gem at around $100 million. Now that’s amazing. So the question is, are these massive, abnormal looking pearls creepy, or cool?

The world's largest pearl.
Two foot long, 75 pound pearl found in the Philippines.

Want to own your own jewelry-sized, one-of-a-kind baroque pearl? Check out our Aphrodite Collection!

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Mother of Pearl Inlaid Syrian Furniture

Syrian Mother-of-Pearl Furniture

While Pinterest-ing I came across some Syrian furniture inlaid with mother of pearl! The blogger traveled to Global Village, Dubai to a cultural market. The details of each piece are superb! To think, each shape is cut out individually and designed into these patterns to create furniture! These are several items I would NOT want anyone sitting on!

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Side Table

Table

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Bride with Pearls

Wedding Bells are Ringing, and Pearls Bring Tears of Joy!

The tradition of elegant jewelry and beautiful gowns on your wedding day is something that has been passed down from generation to generation. It is a timeless American custom that will most likely never change, just evolve and adjust with times and fashions. One fashion that has never changed is the tradition of pearls on your wedding day!

During the Renaissance, pearls were so highly regarded that several European countries passed laws forbidding anyone outside the nobility from wearing them. Even today, a single strand of white pearls represents a pristine and sophisticated style. The ancient Greeks associated the pearl with love and marriage, and unrivaled beauty. They also believed the pearl would promote marital harmony.

Wearing pearls on your wedding day may appear to be controversial. To some, there is a tradition of passing a strand of pearls from one generation to the next for the new bride to wear on her wedding day. The pearls are worn to “take away the bride’s tears”; to ensure a happy marriage without tears, or to ensure that the only tears shed will be tears of joy. Pearls symbolize love, success, wisdom, health, wealth, and purity.

This tradition does not require that the strand of pearls be passed from one generation to the next, since the bride or someone close to her can purchase a pearl necklace as a piece of wedding jewelry and still follow the wedding tradition. Oftentimes the father or the bride or the groom gives the gift of pearls. Many brides also give their bridesmaids pearl necklaces, bracelets, or earring sets to have others coordinate with the bride’s look on her wedding day!

What other jewelry could better define the marital “couple” than a couple of pearl earrings to match that gorgeous pearl necklace? Pearls are obviously the best choice for wedding accessories for bridal parties, Mother of the Bride and Groom, and of course, the beautiful bride herself.

Oyster Spats

Ooh, Baby: All About Oyster Sex!

Did you know that oysters can be hermaphroditic, meaning each mollusk is non-gender specific and has both male and female reproductive organs? When water temperatures reach 68 degrees Fahrenheit, mature oysters over one year can begin reproduction. Oysters are broadcast spawners; this means they release their sperm and eggs into the water to be fertilized, and each oyster can produce between 1 and 1 million eggs, depending on the species! A fertilized egg develops into a planktonic, or free swimming, larva in about 6 hours. Then, within 12 to 24 hours, a fully shelled larva is formed within 12 to 24 hours. The larvae remain planktonic and float around for about three weeks which helps introduce oysters to other areas in the ocean.

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The larvae often fall to the bottom of the ocean and land on rocks, shells, or sand. Towards the end of this larva period it develops a foot which helps the oyster consciously walk instead of float with water movements. At this stage, the collection of itty-bitty oysters is called a brood. The larvae look for appropriate hard surfaces like old decaying oyster shells to form their new home. There, the larva cements itself in place and continues its growth process. The newly attached oyster is known as a spat (pictured in photo at the top of this post). From the spat stage, the oyster can begin its metamorphosis into the adult form. It usually takes about 2 years before the oyster becomes large enough to produce a pearl!

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