Hot Chocolates

Chocolate pearls get their luscious colors through a number of different processes. Some are irradiated, some are dyed (see “On Treated Chocolate Pearls,” JCK, May 2007, p. 84), some are heated (see “Identification of Treated Ballerina Pearl Co. Chocolate Pearls,” Gems & Gemology, Winter 2006), and a handful come courtesy of Mother Nature. At The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas, Jack Lynch, Sea Hunt Pearls, San Francisco, had a precious few of those rare natural ones. Though he doesn’t deal in enhanced chocolate pearls, Lynch noted that “every once in a while you get a natural color.”