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Wisdom behind the pearls

The Jewelmer farm in the Philippines is sensitive to environmental concerns as it harvests its lustrous gems

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Of all exquisite gems, pearls stand out, yet are often underestimated. While other precious rocks, from diamonds to rubies, need man and machine to turn them into sparkling pieces of jewellery, a perfectly round and lustrous pearl is a work of art solely created by nature. 

Pearl oysters in baskets under the sea.

"Pearls are not fully understood, and yet they are among the popular gemstones," says Kenneth Scarratt, the Gemological Institute of America's managing director for Southeast Asia and director of the GIA Laboratory in Bangkok.

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