What are pearls made from?

Answer Pearls are made of nacre, a substance composed of calcium carbonate crystals, aragonite, conchiolin and biopolymers. Sometimes a particle of foreign matter gets into a mollusk's shell. The particle... Read More »

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What are tapioca pearls made from?

Tapioca pearls consist of the moist root starch of a Cassava plant. Manufacturers sift the moist starch through sieves to create the miniature pearl shape. Chefs around the world use tapioca pearls... Read More »

What are pearls made of?

Natural pearls are made of nacre, a substance some mollusks secrete to cover small particles of foreign matter that get into their shells and cause irritation. Artificial pearls are made of plastic... Read More »

What are blue pearls made of?

Pearl color depends primarily on the species of mollusk the pearl comes from, according to The Field Museum. Natural blue pearls come from abalone marine snails, known as "paua" in New Zealand wher... Read More »

What are tapioca pearls made of?

Tapioca itself comes from cassava-root starch, but its preparation in pearl form--as seen in bubble tea or some varieties of tapioca pudding--requires taking the starch when moist and forcing it th... Read More »