ANS18-10-L18-PEARL-CULT

Nucleating mussels ans 18 ans 27 pearl marketing size

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Unformatted text preview: o April Insertion of tissue nuclei (up to 30) from donor mussel • Culture for 2 – 3 years in pocket nets • Harvesting, polishing and sale ANS 18 ANS 26 Freshwater Pearl Production • China – • New products dye irradiation Now routinely nucleating mussels ANS 18 ANS 27 Pearl marketing •Size •Luster •Color •Shape •Flaws ANS 18 ANS 28 Costs 18” princess strands from Costco • 9 – 10 mm Freshwater Strand $ 600 • 7 -7.5 mm Akoya Pearl Strand $ 900 • 8 - 8.5 mm Akoya Pearl Strand $ 1,199 • 9 - 11 mm Black Tahitian Strand $ 3,000 • 10 – 11 mm Multi-color Tahitian $ 4,000 • 10 - 12 mm Golden Pearl Strand $ 17,000* • 11 - 13 mm Golden Pearl Strand $ 25,000* • 12 - 13 mm Black Tahitian $ 21,000* • 12 – 14.5 mm South Sea White $ 25,000 ANS 18 ANS 29 Costs: Luster and Nacre Thickness Price for Mikimoto akoya 18” strands: 6.5 X 6 mm, Mikimoto's A = $ 2,020 6.5 x 6 mm, A+ quality = $ 3,160 6.5 X 6 mm, AAA quality = $ 6,400 ANS 18 ANS 30 Nacre thickness = Luster • Top quality Japanese Akoya cultured pearls can have a higher luster than other white round cultured pearls because of the water temperature in which they are produced. Cold water causes slower nacre production, which normally results in superior crystallization and over-all nacre quality. When the nacre is good, and is exceptionally thick, Japanese Akoya pearls can have incredible lustrousness. The luster can also be very chalky, indicating very thin nacre, or poor quality nacre. – Akoya pearls good luster = • ≥ 2 years growout; .5 mm nacre thickness – Tahitian pearls, good luster = • ≥ 2 years growout; 2 mm nacre thickness ANS 18 ANS 31...
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2011 for the course ANS 18 taught by Professor Mchenry during the Spring '11 term at UC Davis.

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