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Monday, August 11, 2008

Diamond In A Pearl!!!!

GALATEA - Jewelry By Artist

Just a quick tutorial for those of you who aren't sure what a “cultured” pearl is...

  • most pearls are cultured – even Tahitians & South Seas

  • culturing occurs when a mollusk is “seeded”

  • most Ocean farms use beads made of shell

  • most Freshwater farms use a piece of mantle tissue

  • the bead or tissue is “planted” under the mantle – next to the shell

  • the mollusk – sensing a foreign object – immediately starts coating the irritant with nacre...rolling it around and coating it until it is smooth

So - let’s take this one step farther...why couldn’t you seed the mollusk with precious gems? Why not indeed...

Best of JCK Las Vegas Gemstones
(By Gary Roskin /JCK Magazine - reprint from Galatea website)

By far the most outstanding addition to the gem world was premiered at JCK Las Vegas 2007. Chi Huynh of Galatea (Jewelry by Artist), located in San Dimas, California, is best known for his Diamond in a Pearl, in addition to his carved Akoya and Tahitian pearls. This year, Chi introduced carved black pearls, exposing the pearl's nucleus. The surprise is that the nucleus is NOT Mother-of-Pearl.

Several years ago, while Chi was carving a Tahitian pearl, he accidentally carved too deeply, exposing the white Mother-of-Pearl bead beneath the black nacre. Lamenting over the fact that he had just ruined a perfectly fine Tahitian pearl, he suddenly got this idea that he could insert gemstone beads into a black lipped oyster, creating a pearl that would be carved down to the nucleus, exposing the gem beneath the nacre.

Chi took that idea to Tahitian pearl farmers who told him that this kind of pearl could not be grown in the French Polynesian Islands. Undaunted by this turn of events, he took the black lipped oyster to waters off the shores of Vietnam. After persuading experts in implantation that his idea could actually work, he attempted to grow black pearls using citrine, amethyst, and turquoise bead nuclei.

Three years later, Chi harvested beautiful AAA quality Tahitian-like (now Vietnamese) black pearls. While it was always his intent to carve these pearls down to expose the gemstone nucleus, he started to question his sanity of carving these beautiful pearls. But carve them he did, and the transformation is remarkable. Carved black pearl nacre over citrine, amethyst, and turquoise nuclei. Galatea has stunned the pearl world.
Finished jewelry featuring the new "Mercy Pearl" by Galatea

Just imagine a carved black pearl over a citrine, amethyst or turquoise nucleus! ....OR... a diamond in a pearl!


Galatea is Chi Galatea Huynh
My inspiration comes from nature. I toss a pebble into a pond and watch the ripples gently and pleasantly hypnotize me for hours. I pick up a shell and watch the spiral design travel into my eyes. I watch a child hold a flower innocently in her hands as she watches a butterfly dance in the garden. At these moments nature shares and reveals to us the secret of natural beauty. To me, art is like music, the musician understands key, melody, composition, etc. This enables him to create music rather than noise. Likewise, I have come to understand line, light, shape, color, texture, and the mystic harmony of their relationship in creating music for the eyes. I believe natural beauty is not just based on culture, intellect, or the conditions of life alone. Universal beauty does exist and you can find it in your smile.

Craftsmanship Each design is hand sketched, sculpted, detailed and finished to the highest standard of an old world Artisan, combined with new inventive techniques developed at Galatea.

Metal We formulate our metal to ensure its purity. All jewelry designs are available in 14 karat yellow or white gold . 18 karat and Platinum are available for The Yes Collection only.

Philosophy See the leaves on the vines Seasons changes like life What is truth and pure Will endure the test of time.Galatea carefully chooses is authorized retailers, based in part on their location and clientele. We expect our authorized retailers to use their best efforts to preserve and enhance the image of our originality, artistry and the good will associated with our name and philosophy. “GALATEA” was a statue that came to life, which arrived from Greek Mythology. As an artist, I want my work to come to life.

Trademark Patent #7062940 All Diamond in a Pearl designs come with a certificate to ensure its craftsmanship and authenticity and packaged in a cherry wood jewelry box.

Galatea USA -


Jonara Blu Maui said...

wow wow WOW..such an's amazing no one ever thought of it before! People are gonna go bonkers over those!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing this. Fascinating work. I love the description used in the photo "Diamond in a Pearl". Truly unique!


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