Better known by the brand name of "Majorica Pearls".
Perhaps one of the most famous types of imitation pearls is the Majorca Pearls. Visit the factories and see the production of your pearl. No, they have not been grown naturally in the sea but built layer by layer, by human hands.
Most visitors come to Manacor in Majorca for the manufactured pearls. Several companies make them, but Majorca where they were originally manufactured, is the best known.
The company of Perlas Majorica in Manacor was founded by Eduard Heush, a German, in 1902. The company has a two storey showroom on the edge of town on the road to Palma which opens from 9am-8pm Mon-Fri and 9am-7pm Sat, Sun & holidays.
Upstairs you can see a handful of people working on the creation of pearls, but the real factory is elsewhere and not open for visitors.
You could also visit Perlas Orquidea, which opens at 9am and closes at 7pm Mon-Fri and 1pm Sat, Sun, the factory is situated on the road to Montuiri.
The manufacturer uses a special glass called opaline and coats the surface with a paste made from fish scales called essence of the orient or pearl essence to make the imitation surface look like a real pearl.
The two important characteristics are:
1...A special melting temperature.
The process goes as follows: