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The Book of the Pearl; The History, Art, Science, and Industry of the Queen of Gems (Paperback) Loot Price: R407 Discovery Miles 4 070
The Book of the Pearl; The History, Art, Science, and Industry of the Queen of Gems (Paperback): Us Government, George...
The Book of the Pearl; The History, Art, Science, and Industry of the Queen of Gems (Paperback): Us Government, George...

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The Book of the Pearl; The History, Art, Science, and Industry of the Queen of Gems (Paperback)

Us Government, George Frederick Kunz

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...Arkansas, for instance, one man found $4200 worth in one month. Another discovered a $50 pearl in the first shell he opened. A Negro found an $85 pearl the first day he worked, while another fisherman worked seven months and secured less than $10 worth. It is a question of finding or not finding; the finding brings riches sometimes, and though the failures reduce the average profits as low as in other local ventures, the big prizes affect the mind, and the average is lost to sight. Taking the country as a whole, it is probable that the total find has been sufficient to pay the average fisherman little if any more than $1 for each day's work. The fresh-water pearls range in size from that of the smallest seed to that of a pearl weighing several hundred grains. There is relatively only a small quantity of seed-pearls, especially when compared with the output in the fisheries of Ceylon and Persia. Possibly this is due largely to a scarcity of the parasites which seem to perform so important a function in the regions noted. A further reason may be found in the manner in which the mollusks are opened and searched. Were the Ceylon method of opening employed here--which, however, is not at all practicable--it seems probable that the quantity of seedpearls found in this country would be greatly increased. The pearls from the tributaries of the Mississippi are noted for their great range of coloration. From a dead white, the color is gradually enhanced to faint shades of pink, yellow, or salmon tints, then to a more decided form of these. From the light shades, the range extends to purple and to bright copper red, closely resembling a drop of molten copper. Some are very light green; others rose, steel blue, or russet brown, while purplish and...

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Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2013
First published: 2013
Authors: Us Government • George Frederick Kunz
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 12mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 230
ISBN-13: 978-1-234-24522-1
Barcode: 9781234245221
Categories: Books
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LSN: 1-234-24522-1

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