618 Steinbach Nutcracker Pearl Fisherman
Fisherman-A couple of years ago, I returned from Japan with several tins
of pearl-oyster provisions. The intended recipients of these gifts
opened them with the eagerness of treasure hunters. Of course, I knew
that there was a pearl inside each one because each oyster is Xrayed to
make sure there’s a pearl inside before it is canned in the tin.
Nevertheless, each recipient’s luck was different — some received
larger pearls, others received smaller ones. There are freshwater and
ocean water pearls. Mikimoto (1858 — 1954) of Japan cultivated a large
volume of the ocean water variety. The pearl-oyster is injected with a
tiny foreign substance. This foreign substance acts as a kind of
irritant within the oyster stimulating it to produce a coating or nacre
around the foreign substance which eventually becomes the pearl.
Depending on its size, it can take anywhere from 10 to 50 years until a
pearl has fully reached maturity.
Pearl-fishermen bring up the mature
oyster from a depth of 65 to 80 feet. They dive down often, stay down
for about a minute or more with a heavy stone tied to their foot and are
equipped with nothing more than a knife, a basket and a net.
Their harvestc takes place only in the
months of March and April. The pearls are then assorted according to
size and color. Their lustrous iridescence brings health, happiness and
good fortune to their owners!
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