Pearl Facts

Because of the rarity of naturally occurring pearls, a process of cultivating pearls was introduced in the early 1900s. In this process, a small bead of polished shell is inserted into an oyster or mollusk to act as an irritant and produce a pearl, which can take up to 24 months. These pearls are referred to as cultured pearls. Pearls are classically elegant and never go out of style.

Types of Pearls


Akoya

These pearls were the first type of pearl to be cultured. Japan and China are the main producers of these pearls. They are consistently round, which makes them perfect for strands. Colors range from white to cream, though some can be gray or black.

Freshwater

The freshwater pearl is usually slightly less round, smaller in size, and possesses less luster than other varieties of saltwater pearls. These pearls are usually cultivated in China and provide a value-priced option.

Instead of growing inside an oyster or mollusk like other pearls, the mabé pearl actually grows against the shell of the oyster, creating a dome-shaped pearl. This pearl is harvested, then assembled. The nucleus is removed and replaced by resin, while mother-of-pearl is used to cover the flat back. Mabés traditionally have high luster and lower prices than round pearls.

South Sea

These pearls are cultured in the northern waters of Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. These pearls are considerably larger than Akoya pearls and much more sensitive during the cultivation process. South Sea pearls are naturally white, cream, or golden in color.

Tahitian

These pearls are slightly smaller than the South Sea pearl, but are also sensitive during the cultivation process. The colors of black, silver, and gray occur naturally and they are cultured in Tahiti as their name implies.

Color


Pearls are produced in a variety of colors, as noted in the types of pearls. Most range from white, cream, and yellow to pink, silver, and black. Most pearls will have both a primary color, the first color you will notice, and a secondary color, the overtone you notice when you take a closer look. Color variation does not decrease the value of the pearl, but is important when matching pearls to be used in strands, earrings, bracelets, etc.

Luster


A pearl's luster is the result of multiple layers, also called the nacre (NAY ker), that the oyster or mollusk secreted to make the pearl. The thicker the nacre, the more luster a pearl has. You will notice the luster as the deep sheen that reflects light on the surface of the pearl.

Shape


Pearls come in a variety of different shapes. The most coveted of these is round. Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea pearls are most often the roundest of the pearls. Other shapes can make beautiful jewelry as well, sometimes providing you with different price options.

Surface


Because pearls rely on an uncontrollable environment in which to grow, very rarely will you find a perfect pearl. The surface of a pearl may not always be smooth, often including spots, bumps, etc. The beauty of these pearls may be enhanced by the ability to sometimes be camouflaged during the stringing and setting process.

Size


The size of the oyster or mollusk that a pearl is produced within will have a direct effect on the size of the pearl. The size alone may not greatly impact the price of a pearl, but when you combine it with a perfectly round shape and beautiful luster, the value will dramatically increase.

Adventure awaits you, on a journey you’ll go.

You’ll travel quite far, going to and fro.

Excitement, new places, and fun can be yours.

If you but discover and agree to explore!

 

Twelve priceless treasures are there for the seeking.

Find one, find all…they’re yours for the keeping.

But hurry real fast, seek high and seek low.

Your treasure awaits you, so off you GO!

 

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO EXPLANATION

Ahoy, mateys…today is the day! 

Let’s get th’ rules of ye hunt out of the way.

·         Please follow social distancing guidelines, complete with mask and eye-patch, plus keeping yer distance from other pirates. 

·         Please be respectful when entering any place of business. Scurry on your way before they close for th’ day.

·         But most of all… ENJOY TH’ HUNT!  Make memories, take pictures and share on social.

 

Pick one of th’ 12 clues, follow it through, collect the complete combination, you’ll be glad that ye do!  Ye’ll be on the hunt to crack th’ combination of the Bullock’s treasure chest!  Most of th’ locations ye’ll find round ‘bout th’ ole Main street or jus' off th' beaten path. 

 

Be sure th' clue number yer workin' on be th' same clue yer askin' fer, otherwise yer searchin' will lead ye to a dead end.

 The first two digits are:

5  7

At each location, ye’ll receive ye next clue. Be on the lookout for the treasure chest at the first location ONLY to make sure you’re at the right spot. Ye MUST ASK th’ clerk if they ‘ave the clue number ye’re lookin’ fer.

Once ye have all 4-digits of th’ combination, text 575-622-7451 with the complete code and a picture of th’ final clue location.  If ye arrive to a location and ye cannot find th’ final clue, chances are ye mates need to walk th’ plank or move a wee faster on th’ rest.

 

Be sure to follow Bullock’s Jewelry on social media for updates on treasures that have been found. (Click Here)

 

And ye’re off!

 

 

1.      Pirates work hard t' get all th' jewels, t' find this clue, go where coffee brews. 

 

2.      Don’t go t' sleep while walkin' around, yer clue’s at a galleon where mattresses are found.

 

3.      Yo ho, me lovelies! Here be a clue: Fer all thin's aliens 'n everythin' outer space, be th' first t' solve this clue 'n win th' race.

 

4.      Yer off mateys!  Yer next clue be: If ye were real pirates, yea’d sail th' seven seas; fer eatin' BBQ chicken, yea’d go t' one of these.

 

5.       Findin' this clue doesn't require speakin' Italian, visit this bistro 'n brin' yer battalion.

 

6.      Whether yea’ve been abducted or jus' visitin', this out o' this world experience be jus' th' thin'.

 

7.      Sea-lovin' crews 'ave a hard time walkin' a straight line, aft visitin' this establishment 'n drinkin' too much ____________.

 

8.      Stayin' up late, leaves pirates nah so perky, visit this shop, 'n be sure t' eat lots o' ____________.

 

9.      Aft a long voyage, pirates needs t' hit th' tub, this shop has wha' they needs fer a good scrub.

 

10.  Anne Bonny was a fearsome female pirate that furiously ruled th' seven seas. She wore pirate clothes but nah from th' seventies.

 

11.  Gettin' new shirts, boots, 'n hats may come in handy, once pirates hit th' landy.

 

12.  Pirates bury booty, famers bury seeds… both hold a harvest fer when ye be in needs.

 

13.  BONUS!!!!
For the 
GRAND bonus treasure, should ye be brave enough (er crazy enough) to try:

 

Avast, me hearties, a treasure ye want?

Then a riddle for the greatest treasure,

To round out yer hunt.

 

Ye and yer fellow inquisitors

Must find the four unearthly visitors,

Take pictures with each,

Then be the first to send to us all four,

And claim the treasure ye adore!

 

One – Y’ll shout Gloria

At a visitor’s hat on Victoria.

 

Two – a colorful lot of three

Copying on a broadside y’ll see.

 

Three – a blue eyed scallywag takin’ evasion,

From a flyin’ green invasion.

 

Four – a group with shears

For shaggy pirates far and near.

 

All visitors be spotted downtown.

Find ‘em first and take the crown!

 

Send yer 4 pictures in a bottle (i.e. Text them)

To the big pirate ship (i.e. our phone 575-622-7451)

Before th’ sun sinks below the horizon! 

 

 

All ye prizes can be picked up on Monday, October 26th between 1-5:30pm.