Pearl World
Welcome to the International Cultured Pearls of the Orient, Inc. Internet web site.
Find out about Philip J. Schneider, the owner and President of International Cultured Pearls of the Orient, Inc.
What is a Pearl?
Do you wonder what a pearl is and how a pearl is made?
List of Distributors
This is a complete list of Pearl distributors on the web.
Akoya Pearls
Pinctada Matensii is a cultured saltwater pearl that comes primarily from Japan and China.
White South Sea Pearls
These pearls are cultivated in warmer climates, in saltwater oceans, primarily off the coast of Australia.
Black Tahitian Pearls
These pearls are also cultured South Sea pearls, primarily from the French Polynesian Islands.
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President and Owner
International Cultured Pearls of the Orient, Inc. located in Chicago, Illinois

Direct Importer
of Cultured Pearls, South Sea Pearls, Black Tahitian Pearls, Freshwater Pearls and miscellaneous Pearls. Manufacturer of Cultured Pearl jewelry.

Developed and created
the "GIA Pearl Master Comparison Set". An appraisal and evaluation tool sold and marketed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

GIA Gem Pearl Master Comparison Set

Staff Advisor
of "The Guide" Book, responsible for pearl pricing and industry updates and the pearl grading system.

Guest Speaker for
GIA Alumni Society, Lizzadro Museum, Chicago Lapidary Society, Cleveland Gemological Society, American Appraisal Association, The Pearl Society, and NAJA (National Association of Jewelry Appraisers).

Board of Directors
Chicago Jewelers Club

Societe' Perliere de Manihi, first Black Pearl Farm established in French Polynesia (Tahiti).
Who’s Who Midwest
Personalities in America’s


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