South Sea Pearls

pearl farming

  • The 60th Anniversary of The South Sea Pearl

    by Dr. L. E. Cartier, first published in Facette 23 (February 2017) The South Sea pearl oyster Pinctada maxima is known to produce white, cream and golden pearls. Such pearls are cultured mainly in Australia, Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia and the Philippines. Interestingly, 2016 marked the 60th anni...
  • Colour in cultured pearls has many causes

    Colour in cultured pearls has many causes, namely organic pigments and the water reservoir where the pearl shell is grown (sea water or freshwater) that has different manganese (Mn) concentrations with impact on nacre's colours. The mollusc species is, of course, one of the most important factors...
  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT AUSTRALIAN SOUTH SEA PEARLS

    Q: What is a pearl made of? A pearl is a natural gem created by a living organism. When a foreign object is introduced into a mussel or oyster the animal coats the irritant with a substance called nacre, the same material with which it builds it's shell. Layers of nacre build up to make a pear...