Chapter 1

Chapter 1 in Pearls A Practical Guide covers some basic facts about all pearls: their composition, hardness, the basic anatomy of a mollusc and ways to differentiate – for example, pearls with a bead nucleus or pearls which are all nacre, farmed (cultured) pearls or wild (natural) pearls or between sea and freshwater pearls.

What a love of pearls is all about.

The moment a beautiful gold south sea pearl is harvested.