Polynesian pearls

Pinctada margaritifera shell and pearls from French Polynesia

Posted 08/31/2011  /   By SSEF  /  0 Comments

Historical source of nacre and natural pearls and currently major source of black cultured pearls from the black-lipped pearl oyster (Pinctada margaritifera).

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Australian pearls

Australian natural pearls from Pinctada maxima

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The Australian coasts were a source of natural pearls and oyster shells especially in the past. Today, an important producer of South Sea cultured pearls (mainly Pinctada maxima).

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Philippines pearls

Natural pearls from the Philippines

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Natural pearls found by the famous Badjao divers in the past. Minor production of natural pearls and production of golden South Sea cultured pearls at present on the island of Palawan.

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Arabian Gulf natural pearls

Natural pearls from the Arabian Gulf

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Natural pearls from the Arabian & Persian Gulf that have been coveted for centuries.  

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Gulf of Mannar natural pearls

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Historic pearl fishing centre by the Gulf of Mannar.

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Mexican pearls

natural pearls americas

Posted 08/26/2011  /   By SSEF  /  0 Comments

The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific coast of Mexico were important source of natural pearls and nacre production in the past. Apart from recent pearl farming in the area, there are still some natural pearls found occasionally.

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