'Tridacna Gigas' by photographer Silvia Marmori. Photographed at Mar del Plata, Argentina in artificial light at the museum. Other beautiful shell photos by Marmori at this link. via pbase and textures
For more than 25 years, all attempts at culturing pearls from the queen conch (Strombus gigas) have been unsuccessful—until now. For the first time, novel and proprietary seeding techniques to produce beaded (nucleated) .
A pearl is made form a grain of sand that got into an animals body. it is a foreign entity that causes pain. the animal, though in pain, will turn this invader into a beautiful, valuble gift. from such pain can come such beauty.