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Pearl

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A pearl is an organic mineral mixture formed with the soft living tissue of a shelled mollusk. Chemically pearls are made of calcium carbonate, either the mineral aragonite or a mixture of aragonite and calcite, sometimes also with minor vaterite.

Pearls are used as gemstones, but are not regarded as true minerals due to their organic origin.


Visit gemdat.org for gemological information about Pearl.

Classification of Pearl

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Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

Internet Links for Pearl

Localities for Pearl

map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Australia
 
  • Northern Territory
http://gemexplorer.org/archives/australian-pearls
French Polynesia
 
  • Tuamotu-Gambier
http://gemexplorer.org/archives/australian-pearls
Persian Gulf
http://gemexplorer.org/archives/arabian-gulf-natural-pearls
Philippines
 
http://gemexplorer.org/archives/philippines-pearls
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