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Material Stories: Pearls. Perils of Perfectionism

Third episode in a series of articles on jewellery materials for Klimt02, March 2021 – For ages, the ocean was a mysterious and dangerous place.

For ages, the ocean was a mysterious and dangerous place. Only a few dared to take from its treasures, such as the Japanese Ama women who were famous for collecting pearls. Pearl divers had to open and kill thousands of molluscs until a single adequate pearl was found. []

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Hymmen & Hiroi, photo from the ‘Parel Silhouet’ project in collaboration with ‘acoya’, 2019.
Photo courtesy of Anneke Hymmen and Kumi Hiroi.