Today in Art History: 1656 – Artificial Pearls First Manufactured (with Fish Scales and Gypsum Pellets)

1656 – Artificial pearls first manufactured by M. Jacquin in Paris. Each pearl was made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales. [Source]

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