This lavishly illustrated, full-color book covers: the history and lore; natural pearls, cultured saltwater, cultured saltwater, cultured freshwater pearls, mother-of-pearl, and shell products; imitation pearls. As the pages turn, you'll find yourself on a global tour of the glamour, intrigue and quest for these treasures of the sea!
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