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What are South Sea Pearls?

Apr 19, 2017

Go big or go home: If size is what matters, look for a pearl from the South Sea. Declared the National Gem of the Philippines, South Sea pearls are grown all over the Southern Indonesian oceans, with farms all around Australia to Indonesia to the Philippines. In addition to their size, South Sea pearls are […]

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Go big or go home: If size is what matters, look for a pearl from the South Sea. Declared the National Gem of the Philippines, South Sea pearls are grown all over the Southern Indonesian oceans, with farms all around Australia to Indonesia to the Philippines.

In addition to their size, South Sea pearls are also known for their distinctive colors, from creamy white, to silver, to some very distinctive luxurious golden hues. The color of the pearl reflects the oyster shell it’s grown in. There are both silver-lipped oysters, and gold-lipped oysters, both varieties of the Pintada Maxima oyster. The oyster is known for its size and lives up to its name, Maxima. Its shell can get as large as a dinner plate.

The resulting South Sea pearls, like Tahitian pearls, are also on the large size, on average between 8 to 16mm. The South Sea pearls put down layers of nacre thicker and faster than mollusks in cooler climates. And these oysters can also have seed pearls implanted several different times, up to three times, producing larger pearls with each new seed pearl implanted.

Even though it doesn’t produce the highest number of pearls, the size and quality of the south sea pearls reportedly brings in the most revenue of any group in the cultured pearl industry.

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