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pearls-msg – 9/11/17


Period pearls. Harvesting. Uses in jewelry and other places.


NOTE: See also the files: jewelry-msg, cosmetics-msg, beads-msg, beadwork-msg, coronets-msg, gem-sources-msg.





This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I  have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.


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   Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                         Stefan at florilegium.org



From: Eric & Lissa McCollum <ericmc at primenet.com>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Black pearls...

Date: 9 Jan 1997 17:05:02 -0700

Organization: Sun Quality Consultantd


Jeff Suzuki wrote:

> BlackCat (blackcat at blueneptune.com) wrote:

> : Does anyone know where in Renaissance Europe produced signifigant

> : amounts of pearls (nobody say "the ocean"...)?  Especially black pearls?

> : Prices for pearls (7mm black if someone has real detailed info)?

> :               Thanks in advance

> :                 Ld.Morrison


> I don't know about black pearls; however, before the 20th century, one

> of the major exports of several of the Gulf States was pearls.

> Pollution (notably Saddam Hussein's act of international vandalism)

> has severely impacted this production, however.


> Jeffs


I just picked up a book entitled "The Book of The Pearl: The History,

Art, Science and Industry of the Queen of Gems" by Geroge Frederick

Kunz and Charles Hugh Stevenson, written in 1908, republished in 1993.

I haven't read it all the way through, but it seems to contain some

of the info you are interested in. You may want to look it up. I got

my copy at Borders Bookstore.


Gwendolen Wold



Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 14:53:32 -0500

From: Margritte <margritt at mindspring.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: "Majistery of Pearl"


I've been reading through my newly-acquired copies of "A Queen's Delight"

and came across the following "recipe":


To make a true Majistery of Pearl.

Dissolve two or three ounces of fine seed Pearl in distilled Vinegar, &

when it is perfectly dissolved, and all taken up, pour the Vinegar into a

clean glass bason; then drop some few drops of Oyl of Tartar upon it, & it

will cast down the Pearl into fine Powder, then pour the Vinegar clean off

softly, then put to the Pearl clear Conduit or Spring water, pour that off,

and do so often untill the taste of the Vinegar and Tartar be clean gone,

then dry the powder of Pearl upon warm embers, and keep it for your use.


This is toward the back of the book, in a section entitled "Choice Secrets

made known", not in the food sections.


- What exactly is a Majistery? What was the pearl dust used for?


- What is oil of Tartar?


- Does anyone know what chemical reaction is taking place here? What is it

about the oil of tartar that makes the pearl dust precipitate back out of

the vinegar solution? Is it really still pearl dust at this point, or

something entirely different?


Looking forward to using those leftover seed pearls from my last embroidery

project :-)


Thanks for the help.





Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 19:01:28 -0600

From: theodelinda at webtv.net (linda webb)

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: "Majistery of Pearl"


The only part of this problem that I can address is how the vinegar

dissolves the powdered pearls--pearls are calcium carbonate, and like

limestone and calcite, and a lot of other minerals that contain calcium,

and like bones, they will dissolve in fairly weak acids.  The weaker the

acid, the longer they take to dissolve--so grinding them up helps the

process of dissolution.

I can't help with any of the other points you brought out--I sure hope

someone else out there is a better chemist than I, and can enlighten us,

as now I'm dying to know, too!




From:   Decker, Terry D. [SMTP:TerryD at Health.State.OK.US]

Sent:   Tuesday, January 06, 1998 3:30 PM

To:     'sca-cooks at Ansteorra.ORG'

Subject:        RE: SC - FW: "Majistery of Pearl"


>- What is oil of Tartar?



Tartar in this case is probably potassium bitartrate or cream of tartar.

It is used in baking powder, tinning metals, and laxatives.  Oil of

tartar is likely cream of tartar dissolved in an oil base.





Date: Wed, 07 Jan 1998 09:50:51 -0500

From: caroline at netusa1.net (mystarwin/Moira)

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: "Majistery of Pearl"


>>- What exactly is a Majistery? What was the pearl dust used for?

>I don't know what Majistery is, but if I had to guess, I would say this is

>some kind of cosmetic.


Hmmm... this sounds like what the ladies and gents used back then for a face

powder to effect that pale white pasty look..... I may be way off base here,

and will have to do a bit a looking, but  I have a feeling that is what it



< mystarwin - Moira Breabadair - Cindy Mays >



From: Vesta <vesta at internetcds.com>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Amber LONG [and other lies the jewelry sellers tell you]

Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 11:35:51 -0700


<snip of info on fake amber>


Oh. Yes.  Since I'm on the subject of gemstones.....


Some other problem stones:  Hematite, Jet and Pearls.


<snip of comments on Hematite and Jet>


PEARLS: *sigh*  Pearls. A real dilemma.  There are two kinds of pearl

oysters in the world: the saltwater kind and the freshwater kind.

Saltwater pearls are *terribly* expensive. Most, if not all, of what

you're going to see in an SCA booth is going to be freshwater pearls.

Now, of freshwater oysters, there are two subsets:  pond oysters and

river oysters.  River oysters give the "rice krispie" shaped pearls that

were so popular a few years ago.


Pond oysters, on the other hand, give potato-to-round shaped pearls,

which look very much like the pearls in period portraits. They come in

three natural colors: ivory/cream, peach, and mauve (a dusky purply

color). All white pearls are bleached -- there are *no* natural white

pearls. In addition, the silvery-grey pearls are dyed or irradiated --

probably irradiated. They may look like the Taihitain blacks, though

probably nobody on this newsgroup could afford the blacks....;)


Be very careful when buying pearls. Almost all of them will be cultured,

so many businesses don't keep the pearl nucleus inside the pearl very

long (fast turnaround means more $$). So they yank out pearls that have

only been inside an oyster for 6 mos. to a year. (Some pearlgrowers *do*

longer, but they're the ethical ones -- you'll pay more for them, too.)

This results in pearls with a *very* thin coating of nacre (that pretty

shiny stuff). In addition, after bleaching, some pearls have pitted

surfaces (unseen by the naked eye). The unethical will tumble those

pearls with wax to coat and smooth them.


So you end up with pearls that look mighty pretty but only last a year

before turning dull and flat. And if you've spent upteen million hours

sewing those pearls onto a gown, that's gonna piss you off....


All I can say is, ask the booth keeper who their supplier is (they may

not want to tell you, you may have to be insistent). I can personally

recommend (though I won't guarantee!) the quality of materials from

RioGrande, Olympia, Fire Mountain and Shipwreck. They are even-handed

companies who, when they make mistakes, do their best to correct them.

All have recalled products which were incorrectly advertised; all have

sent out replacement products for substandard materials. While the other

companies specialize in certain products, RioGrande has



Vesta, climbing down off the soapbox


Domina Vesta Antonia Aurelia

An Tir -- Summits -- Cavernsgate



Date: Sun, 21 Mar 1999 09:57:05 -0800 (PST)

From: H B <nn3_shay at yahoo.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: fastening pearls?


---Anna Troy <Anna.Troy at bibks.uu.se> wrote:

>I also have some baroque pearls. Now I know

> you fasten them with wire that has a small head but that's only on the

> front. How do I fasten the wire on the back after I've treaded it through

> the hole in the circlet. I can't solder it'cause that would damage the

> pearl and I would like to avoid glueing. I have some good pictures of

> medieval jewellery but none where I can see the back. Help!

> Anna de Byxe


Anna -- Yes, soldering the pins on with the pearls in place will

damage the pearls; the trick is, you solder on a pin (length of wire)

WITHOUT a head, long enough to pass completely through the pearl with

1/4 to 1/2 inch extra, and then slide the pearl on and trim the wire

to more like 1/8 inch (2-3mm) beyond the end.  Peen a head on the pin

that will hold the pearl there -- like a rivet.  Use wire as big as

will fit through your drill hole.


I don't know if glue was used in period or not, but I wouldn't be at

all surprised; it's used currently when fixing half-drilled pearls and

other gemstone beads to earring posts and such.  Good luck!





Date: Sun, 21 Mar 1999 17:23:33 -0500

From: Warren & Meredith Harmon <ravenleaf at juno.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: fastening pearls?


Also, you can make a flat fastening by threading the wire through the

hole in the circlet, then looping the wire in a few swirls flat against

the inside of the circlet.  It may not be period, but it works.  (I glue

mine down so I don't get stabbed.)  I usually use the end of the wire to

make some decorative swirls at the fastening point - for instance, making

a small Celtic knot.  I figure, it's a thick thread, so sometimes I use

it as one - including using wire to embroider.





Date: Fri, 5 Mar 1999 18:25:44 -0600

From: "Decker, Terry D." <TerryD at Health.State.OK.US>

Subject: RE: SC - Cream of Tartar


Magistery is a term taken from alchemy.  It may describe the residue of a

percipitation, refer to a concentrated essence, or be a transmuting agent

like the philospher's stone.  The OED records the first recorded appearance

of magistery of pearl in 1602 in F. Hering's Anatomyes.  Magistery alone

appears as early as 1566.


Magistery of pearl might be considered to be all three, but the OED places

it as percipitate of dissolved pearl.  I believe the percipitate will be

calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH)2), but I'd recommend talking to someone who is a

little more current on chemistry.  The last time I worked out chemical

changes was 30 years ago.


For the benefit of anyone who wishes to work out the chemical reactions, the

pearl is mostly calcium carbonate (CaCO3).  The distilled vinegar is almost

pure acetic acid (CH3COOH).  Oil of tartar is a supersaturated solution of

potassium carbonate (K2CO3), probably dissolved in water (H2O).


I did not find any information about the uses for magistery of pearl.  I

suspect the use is as a medicine or a cosmetic.


I regret to say, I failed to check out cream of tartar while at the State






Date: Tue, 07 Sep 1999 08:12:33 -0400

From: Becky Needham <betony at infinet.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: pearls


> Were pearls used to decorate clothes in the Middle Ages? If so, does anybody

> know if there were typical ways of how they were used? Is there something

> important to know? I would like to know because I'm going to get real pearls

> very cheap (with minor disperfections) and I'd like to decorate a gown with

> them.

> Elonwen


A lot of your question depends on when you are talking about and where

you are talking about.  River pearls were used most of the time in

Europe and the size was seed to rice. This was until more Arabic contact

- I'm thinking of the gorgeous pearls of Bahrain. They were used pretty

much the same then as now - alone or with something else in strategic

places or following a desgin.  "A Pictorial History of Embroidery" by

Marie Schuette and Sigrid Mu"ller-Christensen gives excellent examples

of their use through the ages, what they were used on, and how.





Date: Tue, 7 Sep 1999 16:03:17 -0400 (EDT)

From: Jenne Heise <jenne at tulgey.browser.net>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: pearls


Russian costuming appears to have used pearls extensively, both in trim

patterns, on clothing and in all over patterns on clothing and women's

headgear. Towo experts on Russian clothing, I think in the SCA are Mordak

Timofei'evich Rostovskogo and Predslava Vydrina. They can both be cntacted

throught Slavic Interest Group pages,




Date: Tue, 07 Sep 1999 16:56:00 -0500

From: Scot and Domino Eddy <domino7 at texas.net>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: pearls


The Byzantines used pearls quite a bit on their clothing. I've seen it on

everything; shoes, hats, gloves,  Dalmatics (overtunics), cloaks, and jewelry.

Mostly it appears on Imperial clothing, but some in the Imperial entourage have

it as well.


Boots - there is a picture of one of the Emperors wearing red boots with double

rows of pearls running from the toe up the front and around back.


Hosen - Some of the eikons have a strip of trim(?) running up the front of the

hosen with what appear to be pearls spaced out along the length.


Dalmatic - Rows of pearls divide different types of materials on the dalmatic.

Look at some of the people inthe background of eikons and mosaics and you'll see

all kinds of decorations. Most of them are rimmed with pearls.


Belts - Pearls used here too on the edges.


Superhumeral - Theodora (in the Revenna mosaic) has a jeweled and pearled collar

which looks absolutely sumptuous.


Hat - Reserved for the Emperor and Empress, 3 strings of pearls desended from

the hat right above the ears. The hat looks like a Burgundian chaperon without

the liripipe and dagging. (i.e. just a stuffed roll of fabric.


Earrings - Used a lot here. Especially with dangly earrings.


Pearling can take a lot of time so it's best to do it once. "A stitch in time

saves nine." Uses tough thread and use 2 - 3 strands. One strand to string it

and tack it in place every 4 - 5 pearls and the 2nd strand to tack down between

each pearl to keep it in place, and the 3rd strand to runn striaght thru to

straighten it up.


With single pearls do one pearl and cut the string. Re-knot and do the next one.

That way if on strand breaks it won't undo them all.


Elonwen ap David wrote:



Date: Tue, 07 Sep 1999 21:40:48 -0700

From: Curtis & Mary <ladymari at cybertrails.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: pearls


Elonwen ap David wrote:

> Were pearls used to decorate clothes in the Middle Ages? If so, does anybody

> know if there were typical ways of how they were used? Is there something

> important to know? I would like to know because I'm going to get real pearls

> very cheap (with minor disperfections) and I'd like to decorate a gown with

> them.


Pearls were very popular in the Rennasaince and Elizabethan periods...I

do a lot of art and have tons of art books with wonderfully exact and

detailed portraits from these times, especially Italian....Try looking

into the art history section of a large library and look at the

paintings for ideas.  I'm not sure of MA in particular, but they may

well have been used then too.


Mairi, Atenveldt



Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 18:19:04 -0500

From: Warren & Meredith Harmon <silveroak at juno.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Nice Book - Pearls


I just got a cool book at a secondhand store - it's called "Pearls:

Ornament and Obsession", by Kristin Joyce and Shellei Addison.  ISBN

0-671-75928-0.  This book is *fabulous*!!! Most of the pics are in color (and the black-and-whites are to show the contrast on the piece), and shows the history of the pearl through most every culture, through the ages.  Of course, most of the pictures / icons / ornaments fall into our time period of study!  ;-)  


I haven't had much time to peruse the written portion, but in skimming,

it looks pretty good.  Mostly, I got it for the pictures!


The original tag said $65...I got it for $13.





Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 23:46:47 -0500

From: david friedman <ddfr at best.com>

Subject: Re: SC - semi-precious stones and pearls


At 12:38 AM -0500 6/13/00, Stefan li Rous wrote:

>Is it possible to get second-grade, non-jewel grade precious

>stones that would work fine for this? Or is there even

>such a thing?


I missed the original message, but I assume you are trying to get

gemstones for culinary purposes--perhaps for Maistre Chiquart's

chicken soup or something similar.


1. "Precious stones" is a technical term--diamond, ruby, saphire,

emerald, are the usual ones on the list. I have a vague impression

that some people include pearls, which aren't really stones at all.


2. Generally speaking, junk grade precious and semiprecious stones

are available and cheap--meaning dollars an ounce or even dollars a

pound. Typically that means opaque stones of uneven color, when the

valuable ones are clear and pure of color. Many semiprecious stones,

such as lapis and malachite, are available at that sort of price in

qualities that are good enough to be worth cutting.


Commercial grade pearls are more than that, but still cheap compared

to what you buy in a jewelery store.


The Cleopatra story is that she is supposed to have dissolved a very

valuable pearl in wine. I gather it doesn't work, unless the wine is

pretty close to vinegar, and even then slowly--probably days not

minutes according to my lady wife, who dissolved a lot of calcium

carbonate in strong vinegar in an earlier stage of her life.






Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 02:59:41 EDTFrom: CBlackwill at aol.comSubject: Re: SC - semi-precious stones and pearls stefan at texas.net writes:> If you do, I'd love to hear how it worked out. And when you think>  you've figured out what the "Oyl of Tartar" is please let me know.I believe this is the liquid form of cream of tartar (i.e. the residue left around the barrel rim during wine fermentation).  It is an acidic ingredient, and so sounds appropriate for the recipe.  I may be wrong.Balthazar of Blackmoor


Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 10:06:44 -0400

From: margali <margali at 99main.com>

Subject: Re: SC - semi-precious stones and pearls


Well, cream of tartar is tartaric acid, which can be found as crystals on wine

barrels. Maybe oyl of tartar is a liquid form either before it crysalizez or made by admixing the tartaric acid into oil or alcohol or water?


My Condensed Chemical Dictionary, 8th edition says:

tartaric acid [dihydroxysuccinic acid]

properties: Colorless, transparent crystals, or white, fine to granular,

crystalline powder: has 2 asymetric carbon atoms and three known optical isomers:

odorless: acid taste, stable in air. Soluable in water, alcohol and ether.

[snip on boring details]

uses: chemicals [cream of tartar, tartar emetic, acetaldehyde]; sequestrant;

tanning; effervescent beverages; baking powder; fruit esters; ceramics;

galvano-plastics; photography; textile industry; silvering mirrors; coloring metals


Sequestrant means that it will remove certain classes of chemical from suspension in a liquid [iirc] so perhaps the tartaric acid crystals added to the pearl/vinegar solution will help precipitate out the pearl and then you use either water or alcohol to dissolve the tartaric acid and rinse it out of the pearl solids left from dissolution in vinegar?


My suggestion-perhaps crunch up some of the pearls and dissolve the in vinegar,

then shoot in some cream of tartar, shake well and filter through several layers of filter paper. Take the resulting glop and mix into plain water, let stand for a few hours or days to see if there is a fine white slime deposited on the bottom of the glass and carefully pour of the water, add water again, repeat and then try drying the slime and sniff to see if it has a smell different from the original seed pearls, and that can easily be powdered to a cornstarch consistancy that has a slight luster.





Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 10:26:31 -0400

From: "Hupman, Laurie" <LHupman at kenyon.com>

Subject: RE: SC - semi-precious stones and pearls


From "Natural Magick" (1584)


"How to Extract Oil of Tartar."


Burn the Tartar, and reduce it into a Salt, as I have shown before.  Then

lay it on a Marble in a moist place, and in a few days it will turn to Oil,

and run down into a dish, which you must set underneath to receive it.  Thus

you may easily make it into Salt.  Beat the Tartar into powder, and mix an

equal quantity of Saltpeter with it.  When they are mixed in an Iron Mortar,

set them in the fire, until they are quite burned.  Grind the remaining

Foeces, and dissolve them in a Lye.  Strain it, and let the Lye evaporate

away. The Salt will settle to the bottom.  Then boil some Eggs hard.  Take

out the yolks, and fill up their place with Salt, and in a little time it

will dissolve into Oil.


Rose :)



From: Robyn.Hodgkin at affa.gov.au

To: sca-cooks at ansteorra.org

Subject: RE: [Sca-cooks] Re: dissolved pearls

Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 12:07:50 +1000


I have been doing a wee bit of quick searching on the whole pearls in  

wine thang.


The following link is to an interesting page which points out that  

household vinegar dissolves pearls better than pure acetic acid. .




and this one actually goes briefly into the science of it...





It seems that good wine won't do the job, but bad wine will! ;)



More links on this:




From: "Andrea Scott" <ascott at mail.chem.tamu.edu>

To: "Sca-Cooks \(E-mail\)" <sca-cooks at ansteorra.org>

Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 10:00:41 -0500

Subject: [Sca-cooks] A 210 carat pearl (should) dissolve in a glass of  

wine - long


Greetings to the list!


I usually lurk, as I have much to learn, but someone else usually asks  my questions before I can.  However, I mentioned the discussion on  dissolving pearls to my husband, who like a good engineer, decided to figure out  if one could dissolve a pearl in a drinkable glass of wine.  Below are his findings.




I think that a 210 carat pearl (30 mm in diameter) could be dissolved in

wine. Cleopatra might have been able to do it.


The long explanation, sources at the end:


Natural pearls are made up of aragonite crystals (86%) and conchiolin

protein (10%) arranged in radial and concentric layers, with 2 to 4 %  

water. [1][2]


Aragonite is chemically calcium carbonate (CaCO3), which has a molecular

weight of 100.9 g/mol   [3]


The pH of wine is about 3 to 3.6.  pH is (generally) how acidic things  



This website shows the solubility of CaCO3 as a function of pH.  In a  liquid having a pH of 4,molar solubility of CaCO3 is 1.7 mol/liter.  That means that an acid  having a pH of 4 could dissolve 1.7 moles of CaCO3 per liter of the acid.  (a  pH of4 is less acidic than pH of wine at 3, so a liquid of pH 3 could  dissolve_more_).  [5]


A mole is a given number (Avogadro's number) of something.  We can  convert from moles to mass by multiplying by the molecular weight of something.  To convert 1.7 mol/liter to grams per liter we multiply by the molecular  weight of CaCO3:


    1.7 mol/L * 100.9 g/mol = 171.53 g/L


So this one liter of acid (wine) at pH of 4 could dissolve 171.53 grams  ofCaCO3. But one liter is a lot...250mL is maybe more realistic.  250mL  is 25%of 1L, and 25% of 171.53 grams is about 42 grams.  So we can dissolve a  42gram pearl in 250mL of this pH 4 wine.


How big is a 42 gram pearl? 1 gram = 5 carats, so this pearl is 42 * 5 =


   210 carats!


Knowing the density of pearls is about 2.6 to 2.8 g/cm^3, we can figure  

out its volume:  [6]


   (42 g) / (2.7 g/cm^3) = 15.5 cm^3


The volume of sphere is 4/3 * pi * radius^3. [7]

Solving for radius with a volume of 15.5 cm^3 gives us

radius = 1.54 cm -- or a


   30 mm diameter pearl!


This account [8] asserts that it was wine vinegar, and not wine that was

used.  They also believe it was possible to dissolve the pearl.


This explanation assumes simple chemistry, and does not take into  account temperature, speed of dissolution, or many other things.  Perhaps the  best way to do this is to try dissolving a pearl in some wine!





[1] http://www.voguegioiello.net/06per/perle/10ana/eindex.asp

[2] http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~eps2/wisc/Lect17.html

[3] http://webmineral.com/data/Aragonite.shtml

[4] http://eat.epicurious.com/dictionary/wine/index.ssf?DEF_ID=2294&;ISWINE=T

[5] http://www.chem.usu.edu/faculty/sbialkow/Classes/3600/Alpha/alpha3.html

[6] http://www.voguegioiello.net/06per/perle/10ana/eindex.asp

[7] http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Sphere.html

[8] http://itsa.ucsf.edu/~snlrc/encyclopaedia_romana/miscellanea/cleopatra/



Disclaimers: I am not a chemist. Don't try this at home.  Don't drink  





Abigail Pinel

(Andi Scott)

Shire of the Shadowlands

Ansteorra (College Station, Texas)



From: "LdySatine" <LadySatineDeLaCourcel at hotmail.com>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Pearls in Europe

Date: 24 May 2005 00:09:49 -0700


In Addition to the following Books I already have....The Book of the

Pearl, Pearls Beyond Price,The Scottish pearl in its world Context,

Pearls, by sylvia Malaguzzi (full of pics of period Pieces)and Pearls a

Natural History (goes with the travelling Pearl exhibit ini wisconsin

right now) ....  does anyone know of any other books about pearls and

Pearling in Europe, Midde East and The Far east in Period????


The above mentioned books are great however I am looking for evem more

details on when's and where's for pearling in England, France, Denmark,

Germany(ia) Russia etc....





From the FB "SCA Library of Alexandria" group:


Christine Wallrich

5/26/15 9:23am

In researching Medieval beading practices, I have found several references to the process of making fake "pearls". The reference mentioned eggs and fish scales. I have seen this "recipe" mentioned several times and seems to be one of those "well everybody knows" things. Has anyone ever seen the actual directions or recipe?


Christine Wallrich

this describes changing the colors of dark pearls http://www.library.upenn.edu/rbm/featured/pearlfraud.html


Jason Porter

I think I have a recipe for pearls in a book I researched for school. I know for a fact it has recipes for emeralds, rubies and diamonds.


Karen Harris

It's in the "Segreti per colori."

Original at https://archive.org/details/illibrodeicolori00riccuoft I think.

English translation of relevant bits at https://archive.org/details/originaltreatis02merrgoog


Genoveva von Lübeck

Heodez De Talento Minotto has made fake pearls, and I am pretty sure she displayed them at Pennsic a few years ago. Here's an article I wrote about her: http://honorbeforevictory.com/sca-artisan-love-lady.../


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