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Controlling Pearl Color: Pigment Inhibitors, Promoters and Delivery Systems

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
62048
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2003-00492
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Black Pearls Inc
P.O. Box 525 Holualoa, HI 96725
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Controlling Pearl Color: Pigment Inhibitors, Promoters and Delivery Systems
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2003-33610-13011
Award Amount: $75,000.00
 

Abstract:

NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: The color of nacre is one of the most significant criteria in determining the value of a pearl. Nacre color is due to both schemochromic phenomena and biochromes (pigments). The vast majority of pearl farm profits comes from the small percentage of pearls that have a perfect surface, good color, and high luster. Even small increases in these quality factors can radically increase profits. Positive results from this work will allow us to gain some control over these important characteristics and produce higher value pearls. This patentable technology would increase the profitability of BPI affiliated farms, and allow additional income through licensing agreements with other farms.

Principal Investigator:

Neil A. Sims
Vice President and Research Director
8083311188
nasims@aloha.net

Business Contact:

Dale J. Sarver
President
8083311188
dalej@aloha.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Black Pearls, Inc.
P.O. Box 525 Holualoa, HI 96725

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No