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Beyond Price : Pearls and Pearl Fishing Origins to the Age of Discoveries

Beyond Price : Pearls and Pearl Fishing Origins to the Age of Discoveries by Robin A. Donkin
English | May 15, 1998 | ISBN: 0871692244 | 470 Pages | PDF | 43 MB

Man has been intrigued by the origin of pearls, sensitive to their beauty, & convinced of their medicinal value for at least five millennia. A mixture of folklore & observation preceded the earliest scientific inquiries.
Fishing & trade commenced in southern Asia, between India & Sri Lanka & around the Persian Gulf. In Western & Central Europe, Inner Asia & China, & North America, freshwater pearls were probably known & treasured before those of marine origin. R.A. Donkin combines written sources with the results of archaeological & philological research. A refined nomenclature lends support to other evidence pointing to long familiarity, & etymologically related words for 'pearl'- reflecting former trading connections or colonization. Pearls were prominent among the luxury products which, for many centuries, the West associated with the legendary East & South

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