Hello readers! As you may know, we had our MASSIVE show going on at the Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg from October 12th to the 16th! Everything inside looked so amazing – rocks and minerals and fossils – oh, my! There were our new crystal singing bowls, unique specimens (I picked up a Carnelian heart!), amethyst tables, salt lamps, geodes, spheres and crystal skulls; something for everyone! Even the ambiance with the lighting and music made it quite an experience, even as a staff member.
But I just had to do a blog about our wish pearls; they are so gorgeous and it really is a unique experience getting one.
First, you get to choose which oyster to shuck; then you think of a wish, tap three times on the oyster shell, and shout “Ni Hao!” to give thanks to the oyster and welcome your wish into the world!
It’s honestly like a Kinder Surprise for adults (and kids!) without any risk whatsoever of getting a tiny puzzle that you’ll never put together. There’s so many different colors that you can get, and some people have even gotten twins inside their oyster!
And don’t worry, readers, the oysters are not alive when they are shucked – they have been preserved before being delivered to us, and we use all parts of the oysters – we even clean and use the shells for smudging and jewelry/decorating.
Our Akoya pearls (binomial name of pinctada fucata) are saltwater cultured pearls that come from Asia. Though they commonly come from Japan, they’re also found in the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Western Pacific Ocean, and coastal waters of India, China and Korea.
I’ve done some research on oysters and pearls, and learned some neat facts;
-Unlike freshwater pearls, which can yield up to 50 pearls per mollusk, Akoya oysters only create up to 3 at a time.
-All oysters that produce pearls are born male, and transform into a female when they’re around 3 years old.
-Pearls have been considered precious and used in art and jewelry since 2300 BC in Mesopotamia!
-A fisherman in the Philippines recently reported that he had a massive natural pearl that he found – it weighs 75 pounds and is valued in excess of $100 million USD.
That’s all I’ve got time for this week, since we are now preparing to open our Winnipeg location! It’s such a massive undertaking and it’s an overwhelming feeling, seeing how much the work of the Jacobs family has come so far in such a little time. We have three major shows every year, many new projects, and awesome new staff members, it’s been a huge whirlwind and a privilege to be a part of and witness! So, from the bottom of all our hearts, thank you so much for your love and support, and we hope to be around for a very long time!
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Anne-Marie is a creative writer and Intuitive Card Reader at
Jacobs Trading Ye Olde Rock Shop.