Kokichi Mikimoto—the man whose name is synonymous with “cultured pearls”—failed at his first two attempts at producing blister pearls? In fact, it wasn’t until his third harvest that he succeeded in culturing them by abandoning such nuclei materials as abalone shell, coral, and bone in favor of using only mother-of-pearl beads. Why did it work? Mother-of-pearl beads consist of nacre, the pearl composite material.
This is just one fascinating story, among many, that you’ll discover while getting ready to pass your exam and receive your certification on PearlsAsOne.org, a Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) Pearl Specialist Certification Course.
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