“Shell pearls” are imitation pearls. A mother of pearl bead nucleus is coated to resemble Tahitian, South Sea, or freshwater cultured pearls. They are an affordable alternative to their more expensive counterparts.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
Translucent - Opaque
Shells might show orient and will have a parallel growth structure. Shell pearls will often have a flame-like structure. Numerous minute particles that create a sparkle effect. Lack of overlapping aragonite platelets under magnification. Chips in coating.
Shell Pearl Colors
Imitation Pearl, Pearl Simulant, "South Ocean pearl", South Pacific pearl", "Oustah de Luxe" pearl, "Composite pearls", "Micomo pearls", "Masami"
Countries of Origin
Unknown; China; Indonesia
Mother of Pearl nucleus are often used to simulate pearls. The Tridanca gigas has a white shell and are frequently used in the manufacture of "Shell pearls".
Soluble in hydrochloric acid