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#1 Old 09-28-2005, 11:54 PM
 
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I hadn't even thought of pearls, as a vegan, until zoebird mentioned it in a survey thread.



I can see how pearls are not vegan. But what about fresh water pearls? They look a little more like odd pieces of rice, and I think they're formed differently. Are they?
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#2 Old 09-28-2005, 11:57 PM
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No, they are still from shellfish.

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#3 Old 09-29-2005, 12:04 AM
 
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"freshwater pearls" appear to be made by mussels, so they wouldn't be vegan, either.
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I never thought of pearls. are they farmed I wonder? its good thing all mine are fake or I would get rid of them lol.
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they are farmed. both fresh water and salt water pearls are farmed. the mussels are 'seeded' usually with some sort of beginning peice (metal or glass beads) and they hold multiple pearls. then, those pearls are removed, and the mussels are used again and again.



and then, when they're done, the take the shells and use those for jewelry too.
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Awww.... you're right. I hadn't even thought about it... I have wanted some freshwater pearls forever!! Hmmmm... guess I'll have to re-think that...
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#7 Old 09-30-2005, 07:09 PM
 
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I'll be getting faux fresh water pearls, myself, if I ever get them. I don't wear much jewelry lately.
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#8 Old 10-01-2005, 01:27 AM
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they are farmed. both fresh water and salt water pearls are farmed. the mussels are 'seeded' usually with some sort of beginning peice (metal or glass beads) and they hold multiple pearls. then, those pearls are removed, and the mussels are used again and again.



and then, when they're done, the take the shells and use those for jewelry too.



"cultured pearls" are farmed, natural pearls are not.
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#9 Old 10-01-2005, 01:46 AM
 
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"cultured pearls" are farmed, natural pearls are not.

Yes, and most pearls on the market are cultured. I guess if you wore natural pearls it would be vegan.
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#10 Old 10-03-2005, 05:45 PM
 
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I guess if you wore natural pearls it would be vegan.



Erm... no... because natural pearles still come from animals - for every pearle, a creature dies, so most definately they're not vegan.
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Erm... no... because natural pearles still come from animals - for every pearle, a creature dies, so most definately they're not vegan.

they're not always killed.

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South Sea and Tahitian oysters, however, are harvested in much the same fashion as the nucleation. These oysters are opened very slightly, the pearl is extracted, and another nucleus is placed into the preformed pearl sac. This oyster than goes through another recovery period and is placed back into the sea to grow another pearl.

(still not vegan, of course)
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