Half drilled, ready for setting Mabé pearl. Also called blister pearl or half pearl. Mostly used for pendants, rings or bracelets.
Mabé pearls are salt water pearls akin to South Sea pearls.
Mabé pearls grow against the inside shell of a penguin oyster, rather than in the body of the oyster. They have a semi-spherical shape with a flatish back. They are sometimes also called "half pearls" and Mabe "blister pearls". They are sought after for their exquisitely colored and highly iridescent nacre.
It takes from 2 to 6 years of cultivation to produce a Mabé pearl. The longer the cultivation period the larger the resulting pearl.
While in the oyster a Mabé pearl is actually considered a blister pearl. After harvesting blister pearls are worked by cutting the pearl out of the shell with a circle-bit drill. The nucleus is then removed and replaced with a filler material. The back of the pearl is capped with a piece of mother-of-pearl to complete the Mabé pearl. Mabé pearls are just as durable and beautiful as any other pearl. They can be quite large.
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