Pearls as the best-loved gems of all time

Pearls as the best-loved gems of all time
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StampNews.com is glad to introduce a new stamp issue by Malaysia on theme "Pearls". The philatelic release consists of three stamps that have been already designed and are scheduled to be put into circulation on the 29th of July.

Perhaps the best-loved gems of all time, pearls ‒ natural and cultured ‒ occur in a wide variety of colors. The most familiar are white and cream, but the palette of colors extends to every hue. Natural pearls form around a microscopic irritant in the bodies of certain mollusks. Cultured pearls are the result of the deliberate insertion of a bead or piece of tissue that the mollusk coats with nacre.

Natural pearls form in the bodies, or mantle tissue, of certain mollusks, usually around a microscopic irritant, and always without human help of any kind.

The growth of cultured pearls requires human intervention and care. Today, most of the mollusks used in the culturing process are raised specifically for that purpose, although some wild mollusks are still collected and used.

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