pearl farming

So I left all my life in Poland for entire month and spent in Cardiff with just a little scrap of hope. But if you wish hard enough…

Peter Capaldi is overwhelming. He is even much more kind, amazing, wonderful and handsome than I could expect him to be. Oh, and ridiculously tall and skinny. I won’t comment his hands.

Can’t believe this dork is still afraid he can disappoint fans. 

And Pearl! It was so great to meet such a friendly and warm woman! They both menaged a few minutes in their lunch break just to talk to us, that’s so very kind of them, amazing guys!

Thank you for making me believe my dreams again.

p.s. pcaps hair is unbearably soft and fluffy even with a tone of hairspray

Stone Lore: Pearl

A pearl is a piece of debris, usually sand, wrapped in layers of calcium carbonite, aragonite, or calcite while trapped inside the fleshy layer of a mollusk. This is done to prevent irritation and help the creature. While pearls naturally occur in teardrop, pear, or oblong in shape, spherical is the most sought after and most valued. While they are often depicted as white or cream in color they can also be golden, pink, black, iridescent, or golden. Every form of shelled mollusk can create a pearl,and most pearls today come from pearl farms. The most expensive are ‘naturally occurring’, meaning that they are found in the wild. Contrary to popular belief removing a pearl from an oyster or other mollusk does not kill the animal, though most pearl farms are also where you get the oysters or scallops that you find in grocery stores. It is estimated that one third of a crop is killed during the removal process. This is not me saying that you shouldn’t use pearls, only me informing you of how that pearl may have been created.

Pearls can be dissolved in vinegar. So do not use this in your cleansing process. While pearls occur naturally all over the world, the largest pearl farms are in Tahiti, Akoya, and the South Sea. Their hardness scale number is between a three and four, depending on the mollusk it came from.

Associations: Healing, commitment, strength through adversity, change (from adverse conditions to auspicious ones), emotional change.

Element: Water (duh?)

Healing: All, but especially irritations and muscle ailments.

Season of the Year: Summer

Time of day: Morning to Noon.

How to Use It:

  • Adding this to any healing spell will give it an extra boost. If you are receiving long term care for something (chemotherapy/radiation or similar) carrying the same pearl with you will get you through this process. Bury the pearl, preferably in a sandy place, when treatment is over to help keep your illness at bay.
  • I know that diamond rings are supposed to be the traditional ring to give a partner for marriage, but pearls are just as appropriate…and not as problematic. Blessing and exchanging a pearl ring with a partner will keep the relationship together.
  • If you are stuck in a situation you don’t want to be, or are trying to make the best of a bad situation, the pearl can be your friend. Take a piece of water soluble paper (I’ve found it in magic kits of all places) and write down your problem (a particular coworker, a class that’s getting the better of you, a difficult family member). Add a pearl to a cup or bowl of water, then add the piece of paper. Leave for a few days (I usually do three) and then pour out the paper. Save the pearl, carry it with you when you will be in the difficult situation. 
  • Rolling a pearl over hurting muscles can help alleviate pain.
  • If you are trying to break yourself of a toxic emotion/habit take a pearl and a small box (ring box is what I prefer) of sand. write the emotion/habit in the sand and then push the pearl through the word as a way of ‘erasing’ the issue. Leave the pearl there.
  • Pearls are an excellent offering to any water based deity. You can place them on an altar devoted to one of them, or place them in water blessed in their name.
  • To rid yourself of an emotional commitment to someone use the pearl to write their name, or a symbol representing them, in sand (do you notice a theme here with sand and pearls? I totally do) then throw the pearl away. Literally, just toss the thing. You don’t need that person in your life anymore. Use your foot to wipe away their name.
  • For BIG emotional change take a non reactive cup or bowl ( DO NOT use metal) you can use wood (though it will change the color of the wood) or plastic and add white wine vinegar, about two inches or so. Take a scrap of paper and write down what about yourself you would like to change. Add it to the vinegar, and then a pearl on top of it. The vinegar will dissolve the pearl. How long depends on the size and strength of the pearl. Do not mess with this until the pearl is gone. Do not leave in a place where children…or very curious pets…can get at it. When it is over,discard everything in the cup, and perhaps the cup itself if it feels right.

Note: While there are subtle differences in the way that the color of a pearl works in a spell, it has been my experience that this does not effect the overall outcome.

swordtheguy  asked:

Prompt: Faded Blue Bloop meets Little Rebellions Bloop

For those who don’t know, Little Rebellions is a story by myself, which explores the lives and problems of Homeworld Pearls. While familiarity helps, it doesn’t need to be read to understand the following story; you just need to know it has a very different interpretation of Blue Pearl.



The chamber was dark, and cold, and silent, and filled with looming shadows.

Outside it was loud. Pearl could feel the vibrations through the floor— the shudder of explosions, the roar of flames, the panic of screams being cut off—

How many Gems were still standing?

Pearl shook her head. Couldn’t think about that. Had to keep moving.

She went deeper and deeper into the darkness.

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I have an announcement!

My partner and I will be getting married, and we can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives living by the ocean together.

He proposed with this cultured pearl, and I love it! Having spent time in an actual pearl farm and studying oysters, I have no issue wearing real pearls.

Want to impress a lady marine biologist? Don’t give her stupid compressed carbon, give her a piece of her second home.


The Rainbow Portrait - Imagery Explained

This is one of my favourite portraits of Elizabeth I, mainly because of all the hidden imagery in it. Let’s start with Elizabeth herself. She was almost 70 at this point (1602), and yet in this painting she is ageless. This painting is like Tudor photoshop - so few people would actually see Elizabeth in real life to realise that she was probably a frail old lady which of course would have been seen as weak and vulnerable. Given the option, she would much rather they saw her like this.

The rainbow that she holds represents how her reign was a golden age for England. Rainbows symbolise the peace after storms, and so, in Elizabeth’s hands, England has been restored to peace after the turmoil of religious upheavals and civil conflicts. The words above the rainbow, ‘non sine sole iris’ mean ‘no rainbow without sun’ - i.e. this golden age would have been impossible to achieve without Elizabeth, it’s sun.

The embellished snake on her sleeve represents knowledge. In the Abrahamic religions, the first man and woman were tempted by a serpent to eat the forbidden fruit. Once doing so, they gained knowledge of the contrast of good and evil. So the snake represents the acquisition of knowledge. Above the snake’s head is an armillary sphere (similar to a celestial globe), which, in the Renaissance, was one of the key symbols of knowledge and scientific learning.

The pearl necklaces and bracelets represent Elizabeth’s beauty, purity and wealth. Pearls carry the same meaning today, but in Tudor times pearls were not farmed, and natural pearls are extremely rare - so for Elizabeth to be wearing so many displays her enormous wealth, and that of her kingdom.

The flowers on her bodice are a reflection of descriptions of Elizabeth in some recently published (1599) poetry which compared her to the Greek goddess Astraea. Astraea is a virgin goddess of innocence and purity, who is also often associated with Dike, goddess of justice. Astraea ruled over humans during the Golden Age before ascending to heaven.

Finally, the crescent moon on her headdress is a symbol strongly associated with Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting, who swore never to marry.

Tahiti Trip

Thanks to Tahiti Tourism Office we had the best VIP welcome ever in Tahiti with a group of local dancers.

Big thanks to Air Tahiti Nui for flying us from Tokyo - it takes some 12 hours, and you leave Tokyo in the afternoon and reach Tahiti Faa’a in the early morning hours. What I loved about Air Tahiti Nui was that you receive a fresh gardenia flower straight during boarding, so even during a takeoff in Tokyo you start feeling holiday mood.

Les grottes de Mara’a - Mara’a natural caves reserve.

Le Laboratoire du Formulateur (+689 87 77 37 64)  is a place where you can learn everything about moon oil, they produce moon for majority of French luxury brands, but it is also possible to follow a workshop (which we did) and create your own moon oil.

Here is how the bar of various monoi oils looks like. This oil has fantastic moisturizing proprieties on hair and skin and has been used by the locals for ages. It smells beautiful. Monoi oil is a tiare flower macerated in coconut oil. Tiare is a special Tahitian gardenia plant with beautiful white flowers.

Later in the afternoon we went to Intercontinental Tahiti to see Robert Wan pearl shop.

Tahitian black pearls.

This pearls are being farmed on private islands of French Polynesia, where the water is clear and without any traces of pollution. The pearls are created by black-lipped oysters. and carefully selected, the color is dark black or green.

The very first farmed pearls were made in Japan, where in 1888 it was discovered that if a foreign body is placed into an oyster, it will either be covered with layers of a substance called nacre, or rejected.

And in the evening back to Le Meridien Tahiti. The island life starts early and by 5pm shops close, apart from a few local bars and hotel venues. Many Tahitians go to bed around 8-9pm, and wake up very early to enjoy the beauty of the island during the daylight.

Gem Science: Locations

Hi! Since this blog is called Gem-Science, it’s high-time we talked about actual Gem Science! Use this guide to create your Gemsonas or to just learn more about gems!


Here’s a list of where the 12 Cardinal Gems can be found.

United States- Sapphire, Tourmaline, Peridot (The U.S was also a large provider of natural Turquoise but the sites for most of it have been worked out)

Mexico- Opal (Mexico is famous for it’s unique species of Fire Opal, characterized by it’s bright red sheen)

Colombia- Emerald

Brazil- Emerald, Topaz, Garnet, Opal, Aquamarine, Tourmaline, Chrysoberyl, Diamond (Brazil is a hotbed of gems, due in part to being a country comprised of many climates and regions)

Germany- Topaz

Italy- Tourmaline

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm going to be going to the Philippines some time this year! And I was just wondering if you had any tips for a first timer to the country? I haven't ever been to any eastern countries before either so I'm quite naive ^ ^''

OKAY LEMME TRY MAKING A LIST ANON I am going to assume you’re starting out in Manila the capital city but most of these should apply anywhere you are

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