With its showy, oversized shape and shimmering rainbow-like luster, a mabe pearl offers the look of a South Sea pearl for a fraction of the price. The mabe pearl gets its name from the type of mollusk in which it is grown, the Pteria penguin, which is called "mabe-gai" in Japanese. A mabe pearl is actually a cultured blister pearl that is grown differently than other cultured pearls.Instead of being grown inside the body of a mollusk creature, a mabe pearl is grown against the inside of the shell. This allows the mabe pearl to develop a dome shape with a flat back, and is why mabe pearls are sometimes referred to as "half pearls". To create a mabe pearl, a hemispherical nucleus is inserted into the shell beneath the mantle tissue.
After many, many months, the blister pearl is cut away from the inner shell, the nucleus is removed and the hollow cavity is backed by a mother-of-pearl plate. The item "VINTAGE ESTATE 10K GOLD MABE PEARL WHITE SAPPHIRE EARRINGS SIGNED DIL HONG KONG" is in sale since Wednesday, April 14, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Retro, Vintage 1930s-1980s\Earrings". The seller is "4744366" and is located in Andover, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.: Signed