In the night sky, the Milky Way has hidden from the storyteller’s epic and myth through the ages, and has incited the scientist’s curiosity and imagination.
Either as small as mustard seed or as large as Mount Meru, designer Yi-Hsuan Lee think people are too readily confined by themselves to measure what is small and what is large, while ignoring the nature of the universe a grain of sand a world, as well as the truth that applying to all things. She compare the pearls, which look similar but distinct beads, to the stars. They are of different sizes each with a unique appearance and story, echoing the distant sky at the other end. We string the light, which sparkled millions of years ago but only dims today, together and continue to glow.
The black-lip oysters (Pinctada margaritifera) are farmed in seawater, mainly produce in French Polynesia and the Cook Islands. Owing to their unique charming deep-dark bodycolor, they enjoy the international reputation in the name of “Black Pearl”.
The process of farming oyster is a long and arduous task. In addition to meet specific temperature and water condition, the oyster seedlings need to be cultivated for three years to carried out the first bead nucleus plant operation. After that, if the oysters are not to reject or die, then 18-24 months later the pearls can be first harvested. At this stage, the bead diameter is about 8-10 mm. Only 15-20% of oysters’ physique can load the second nucleus plant, the second implanted beads will be slightly larger than the previous ones, and then repeat the same breeding steps. The oysters which can weather multiple surgeries are rather rare, so the number of Tahitian pearls of and up 12 mm in diameter is sharply decreasing.
Only about 5% of Tahitian pearls have perfectly round shape, which simultaneously own excellent luster, clean surface, and pleasant overtone, are the highest grade.