South Sea Pearls; White to Gold

Supernatural South Sea Pearl Food Exchange

Amongst the rarest and most costly cultured pearls available, South Sea Pearls are cultivated in the waters of Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and Thailand. Their legacy goes back thousands of years when the Australian aborigines discovered and considered them as sources of supernatural powers. The early tribes of the South Pacific regions used oyster shells and the pearls inside them to adorn their tribal costumes, and traded them amongst tribal communities in exchange for food and tools.

Post War Commercial South Sea Pearl Farms

In the early part of the 20th century, Japanese pearl cultivation technology was exported to the above-listed countries, but it was not until the 1950’s that the South Sea pearl farms were able to cultivate South Sea pearls of commercial value. Today, these unique and highly esteemed cultured pearls constitute 10% of the world’s saltwater cultured pearl market.

Hand-picked ‘Pinctada Maxima’ Nucleation

South Sea pearls are products of the ‘White Lipped’ oyster, scientifically referred to as ‘Pinctada Maxima’. As these wild and hand-picked oysters are the only species in which South Sea pearls can be formed, strict regulations have been imposed to prevent their depletion. Nucleated South Sea pearl oysters are nurtured in isolated bays of the purest water, the cultivation of which, involves selective procedures lasting 2 to 3 years.

White Australian & Golden Indonesian

Because of their rarity, significant size and silky luster, South Sea pearls command high prices. They can be found in practically all possible shapes, each one exhibiting its own unique beauty. They appear as round, teardrop, button, oval, semi-round, circular or ringed, Baroque and semi-Baroque pearls, amongst which round and teardrop pearls enjoy particular popularity.

South Sea pearls display a wide range of colors, the most common of which are white, silver-white, pink and gold. South Sea pearls produced in Australia usually appear in white, while those from the Philippines and Indonesia tend towards a creamier, more champagne or golden color.

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