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Mabe pearl

An early type of cultured pearl produced c. 1896 by Kokichi Mikomoto, in the form of a blister pearl, by inserting an irritant in the mollusc and later by removing the nucleus and replacing it with a small bead cemented in and backed with mother-of-pearl.

From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson

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