Majorica Pearls

May's favorite strand of white pearls

I’ve been honoring June’s birthstone – Pearls – this week by sharing information and photos of the gem along with offering a pearl promotion to our Twitter followers, Facebook Fans, and our MYJ members.  You probably have discovered by now that I have an extreme fondness and passion for pearls!

In high school, I received my first strand of white Majorica pearls from my parents and it was my father who gave me a lesson on the origin and quality of Majorica pearls.  My father emphasized over and over that it was a special strand of pearls and that it was only to be worn on special occasions. It was probably the most expensive piece of jewelry I owned at the time and truthfully, I wasn’t ever planning to wear the pearls except to please my father. Fast forward several years and I now love all types, sizes, colors, and shapes of pearls.

The Majorica pearl was first made on the Spanish Island of Majorca over a century ago and it has a close resemblance to natural pearls. Majorica pearls are man-made using a special iridescent glass bead as the pearl’s core. The glass bead is then coated on the surface with approximately 30 applied layers of a paste made of oil, fish scales, or mother-of–pearl.  The glass bead and natural layers replicate the surface and weight of a cultured pearl. The cost is a fraction of the price of a strand of cultured pearls.

Majorica pearls are a timeless fashion accessory that won’t break the bank!

The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens. – Author Unknown

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