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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.
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(TL) indicates type locality. ? 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.
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Locality Updated: Wheal Coates, St Agnes, St Agnes District, Cornwall, England, UKFrom David Ifold, 19th Jun 2013 22:44:10