Friday, September 10, 2010

Mallorca Pearls

It is the result of an important research. The pearl is processed manually with the same matters and characteristics as in the oyster. In 1902 a new industrial base made its appearance in Mallorca. For various reasons, including the existence of a glass-blowing culture which is part of, the process of imitation pearls was established.

Different processes and techniques used to achieve a pearl as similar as possible to the natural pearl were developed in the factories concentrated mainly in Manacor, Mallorca. The economic importance of this for the region was considerable and changed a totally agricultural economy into manufacturing.

Back in 1952, the Hungarian chemist, Geza Zsolt, initiated the splendor of Mallorcan pearls, using the manufacturing process of the iridescent pearl, identical in aspect to the beauty and perfection of natural pearls, thanks to quinine, an oriental essence component and conglomerate of natural mother-of-pearl, organic and iridescent substances, extracted from the scales of certain fish.

The iridescent pearl possesses a homogenous quality; its color is uniform and inalterable, it does not yellow and its shine never disappears.

Mallorcan Pearls, put the name of Mallorca on the world map before the powerful tourist industry did. These prestigious souvenirs were commercialized on five continents. By the 1980’s, the pearls had a presence in 100 countries and with 80 airline companies.

Within the Balearics they were everywhere, ESPECIALLY on the island of Mallorca. Prices varied as did quality but all were “guaranteed” for 10 years. They were beautiful and not that I’m a pearl expert, but I couldn’t have told them apart.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Scratch one on the top of your bottom teeth. If its kinda gritty, its usually a real pearl. If smooth, fake! I am curious as to what these will do!!!
Love & misses, Marie