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A Meditation on Cultured Pearls; Part Three

The pearl has another quality, unique among gems: its beauty can be enlivened or subdued by placing it in contact with a woman’s skin. The Spanish word simpatico is a term I’ve chosen which I think best describes this somewhat mysterious quality. A pearl, no matter how beautiful in itself, will seem to glow if…
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A Meditation on Cultured Pearls: Part Two

Quality Part II Color and translucency are insufficient! A fine pearl must have that subtle misty iridescence that connoisseurs call orient, a glow that seems to emanate from inside the pearl and cling to its skin, like an early morning fog, a quality that led the medieval poet Thomas Campion to muse that pearls: “look…
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A Meditation On Cultured Pearls, Part One:

By Richard W. Wise, G.G. ©2017 Part I I began my career as a faceted stone man. It took me a long time to warm up to pearls. A fine diamond will blast you with brilliance and a ruby will step right up and sock you in the eye. Not so the pearl! Pearls seemed…
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Review of Secrets Of The Gem Trade (2nd Edition) On Pearl-Guide.com

Secrets of the Gem Trade 2nd Edition, by Richard W. Wise, GG, Reviewed by Blaire Beavers, GG, for the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, December 1, 2016 I am certain that many of you have read the first edition of Secrets of the Gem Trade. I read the first edition as I was embarking on…
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