Pearl, Nature's Living Gemstone

You may wonder why I used the title "Nature's Living Gemstone." I did so for a number of reasons. While most gemstones come from minerals, which are inorganic materials, pearls belong to a very select group of gemstones that come from organic sources. Organic gemstones are created by or formed from living organisms. Pearls, which have been highly prized for thousands of years, are one of nature's greatest gifts to mankind. Without the efforts of living organisms, pearls would not exist. Read More

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