Blog Posts tagged with Pinctada maxima

The peerless, glowing luster of these white South Sea pearls makes them both rare and desirable

Treasures of the Sea: Amazing South Sea Pearls

Posted: December 19, 2012 13:39 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Deep in the warm waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, between the northern coast of Australia and the southern coast of China in an area commonly referred to as the "South Seas," one of nature's most outstanding treasures is being created. It takes a minimum of two years for the large Pinctada maxima oyster to create a single South Sea pearl. Each begins its life as a tiny bead of mother-of-pearl carefully implanted into the mollusk. It is these implants that serve as the pearl's nucleus, accepting layer upon layer of the oyster's unmistakably vibrant nacre (the shimmering mother-of-...


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