Welcome to Pearls Assignment 1

With the knowledge you gain from this assignment, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the features that all mollusks have in common and the features that make them different
  • Understand the basics of mollusk anatomy and cultured pearl structure
  • Understand the history of natural pearls and how it relates to modern cultured pearl production
  • Define the four main types of cultured pearls and their sources
  • Recognize the characteristics that make a pearl beautiful and determine its value
The discovery of the New World and its natural pearls enabled Queen Elizabeth I to clothe herself in a garment covered almost completely in pearls.