The Book of Pearl: Its History, Art, Science, and Industry

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This monumental, profusely illustrated volume by two noted authorities is probably the largest single collection of data on the subject of pearls. Its enormous amount of detailed information covers their origin and history, structure, and form; the pearl fisheries of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas; fascinating facts and lore on pearl-culture and pearl-farming; the gem's mystical and medicinal properties; famous pearl collections around the world; and much more. Over 180 illustrations enhance the highly ...

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Overview

This monumental, profusely illustrated volume by two noted authorities is probably the largest single collection of data on the subject of pearls. Its enormous amount of detailed information covers their origin and history, structure, and form; the pearl fisheries of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas; fascinating facts and lore on pearl-culture and pearl-farming; the gem's mystical and medicinal properties; famous pearl collections around the world; and much more. Over 180 illustrations enhance the highly readable text, sure to intrigue any lover of gems.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780486422763
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/24/2011
  • Series: Dover Jewelry and Metalwork Series
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 853,496
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction XV
Chapter I Pearls among the Ancients 3
Chapter II Medieval and Modern History 15
Chapter III Origin of Pearls 35
Chapter IV Structure and Forms of Pearls 51
Chapter V Sources of Pearls 65
Chapter VI Pearls from Asia
The Persian Gulf 85
Ceylon 99
India 128
The Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Etc. 139
China, Japan, Siberia, Etc. 145
Chapter VII East African Pearl Fisheries 153
Chapter VIII European Pearl Fisheries
The British Isles 159
The Continent of Europe 168
Chapter IX Islands of the Pacific
The South Sea Islands 189
Australia 199
The Malay Archipelago 212
Chapter X American Pearls
Venezuela 225
Panama 235
Mexico 241
American Fresh Waters 252
Miscellaneous Pearl Fisheries of America 278
Chapter XI Pearl-Culture and Pearl-Farming 285
Chapter XII Mystical and Medicinal Properties of Pearls 301
Chapter XIII Values and Commerce of Pearls 319
Chapter XIV Treatment and Care of Pearls 375
Chapter XV Pearls as Used in Ornaments and Decoration 403
Chapter XVI Famous Pearls and Collections 449
Chapter XVII The Aboriginal Use of Pearls, and Their Discovery in Mounds and Graves 485
Bibliography 517
Index 541
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