15 May 2012

Cultivated pearls - by the handful

A worker sorts artificially cultivated freshwater pearls at a pearl production factory in Zhuji, Zhejiang province, Sept. 6, 2011. Zhuji aims to become an international production and distribution hub for artificially cultivated freshwater pearls. The city... now supplies... 30 percent of the global market with pearl products. (Lang Lang/Reuters).
From a photoessay about daily life in China at The Big Picture.

1 comment:

  1. At the Gem & Jewelry Show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, you walk in and are completely blown away by the sheer number of freshwater pearls. Not all are perfect but string after string, thousands and hundreds of thousands times, and you start thinking each one had to be grown, harvested, sorted and get a hole drilled in them. Awesome.


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