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Faceted pearls? You bet Faceting gems is nothing new, but when was the last time you encountered faceted pearls? Introduced in Tucson last winter and again in Las Vegas in June, “Flower Pearls” are the equivalent of gem briolettes, having tiny facets over the entire surface. “We had an overwhelming response at The JCK Show in Vegas,” says Edward Boehm, president of JOEB Enterprises, a wholesale gemstone business in Atlanta that is marketing these pearls along with Pala International of Fallbrook, Calif. “We couldn’t have asked for anything better.” The process of faceting pearls has been held in confidence by a Japanese family for several decades. They use several types of cultured pearls, including white Japanese akoya, black Tahitian, and multicolored fresh-water Chinese. Complete or mabés, they must have substantial nacre thickness to be able to tolerate the facetin
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