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Japanese company turns pets' remains into pearl souvenirs for grieving owners

Japan, Nagasaki Prefecture
January 21, 2020 at 15:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

A Japanese cosmetics producer offers a unique service for animal lovers mourning the loss of their pets. The firm WBE turns the remains into a pearl necklace, as footage filmed in Goto Islands in the Nagasaki prefecture on Monday shows.

"We usually grow ordinary pearls, but since last year, we have been making pearls for pets as well. We named them 'Niji no Moridama' [Rainbow pearl amulet in English]," said Takao Shimizu, a pearl-producer involved in the project.

His method allows a cultured pearl to be grown from a bone fragment in about a year. The result costs a total of $4,300 (3,870 euros).

"We keep eight small bones which have a size of about eight millimetres from the customer's pet," said Ayano Cho, an office manager at WBE.

A bone fragment from the pet is wrapped in resin so it is not rejected by the oyster. Then the oysters are taken care throughout the year until the pearls are large enough to be used as a souvenir.

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A Japanese cosmetics producer offers a unique service for animal lovers mourning the loss of their pets. The firm WBE turns the remains into a pearl necklace, as footage filmed in Goto Islands in the Nagasaki prefecture on Monday shows.

"We usually grow ordinary pearls, but since last year, we have been making pearls for pets as well. We named them 'Niji no Moridama' [Rainbow pearl amulet in English]," said Takao Shimizu, a pearl-producer involved in the project.

His method allows a cultured pearl to be grown from a bone fragment in about a year. The result costs a total of $4,300 (3,870 euros).

"We keep eight small bones which have a size of about eight millimetres from the customer's pet," said Ayano Cho, an office manager at WBE.

A bone fragment from the pet is wrapped in resin so it is not rejected by the oyster. Then the oysters are taken care throughout the year until the pearls are large enough to be used as a souvenir.

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