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- Golden pearl is a type of South Sea pearl.
- They form from golden-lipped oysters.
- Golden South Sea pearls are valuable as rich golden colors are rare among other pearl types.
- This variety of South Sea pearls are cultured in the Philippines and Indonesia.
- South Sea pearls generally are rare due to their scarcity and long growth period (2- 4 years).
- Pearls, as well as nacre, are chemically made of calcium carbonate and conchiolin. They're mainly comprised of aragonite or a mixture of aragonite and calcite.
- Conchiolin is an organic protein that acts as a form of glue or adhesive.
- Pearls have a hardness of 2½ - 4½ and has an Orthorhombic crystal structure.
- When irritants get inside the mollusk, it will excrete layers of liquid (called nacre) to coat it. This is how pearls are formed.
- Pearls are birthstones for June.
- They are also the national gemstone of the Philippines.
- The name pearl comes from the Latin world perna meaning "leg". This is in reference to the ham-leg shape of the bivalve mollusk.
- Pearls metaphysically represent purity, integrity, and loyalty. It gains one wisdom from experience and help cement engagements and love.
- Pearls with gold colors represent wealth, prosperity, freedom, success, illumination, compassion, self-esteem, courage, passion, and wisdom.