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Unformatted text preview: line form called aragonite bound in a protein called conchiolin plus some trapped water. The nacre reflects the light in such a way to give a soft luster or “orient.”
ANS 18 ANS 7 History of cultured pearls
Fifth century - Chinese inserted images of Buddha between the mantle and shell of freshwater mussels to coat them with nacre ANS 18 ANS 8 The pearl king, Kokichi Mikimoto
• 1858 - Mikimoto born, son
of a noodle peddler; (Commodore Perry had opened trade with Japan only five years earlier) - Mikimoto died in 1954 at the age of 96. 1893 - Mikimoto, produced half-pearls or "mabes" (pronounced "mah-bays") in oysters.
ANS 18 ANS 9 • The pearl king, Kokichi Mikimoto
• 1896 - Mikimoto's wife •
Ume dies 1903 -Tatsuhei Mise, a teenage carpenter and Tokichi Nishikawa, a marine biologist developed a method to produce cultured round pearls. A fragment of the mantle from a donor oyster together with nuclei was inserted into a host oyster to produce the round pearl.
ANS 18 ANS 10 The pearl king, Kokichi Mikimoto
1905 - Red tide destroyed much of Mikimoto’s production (saved 150,000 of 1,000,000 oysters) and found the first round pearls ANS 18 ANS 11 • 1919 -Mikimoto adopted and perfected the • Mise/Nishikawa technique (insertion of both...
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