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  • SOUTH SEA PEARLS are grown inside the silver- and gold-lipped variety of the pearl oyster known as Pinctada Maxima or South Sea pearl oyster. The South Sea pearl oyster is the largest oyster shell used to culture pearls. Originally harvested for its shell, the Pinctada maxima was used for decorative inlay and buttons. Finding a pearl inside was a rare bonus. Today, the pearls this oyster produces are the rarest and most valuable of all cultured pearls. A single flawless south sea pearl can command tens of thousands of dollars.
  • The center of the white south sea pearling industry is the western coast of Australia with Broome as the capital of the industry. As it was in the 1950’s, Broome’s pristine coast and pure waters, both north and south from Cape Leveque to Exmouth, are still the best places to grow the world’s largest white South Sea pearls. The gold-lip variety of the Pinctada maxima is used to grow golden south sea pearls. Golden South Sea pearls are not widely grown in Australia, as this genre of the industry is primarily dominated by growers in the Philippines and Indonesia.
  • The key to the quality of the south sea pearl is nacre. Nacre is the coating that the oyster lays down on the mother-of-pearl nucleus implanted by the pearl-grafting technician. The Pinctada maxima oyster is a nacre-producing machine. Laying down layer upon layer of beautiful, lustrous nacre makes these pearls the top of the value range. Although the animal is implanted with a perfectly round nucleus, the oyster produces so much nacre that it is actually hard to find a perfectly round pearl. Less than twenty percent of south sea pearls are flawless. Most have some type blemish. And you will find numerous shapes. Baroques are quite common.
  • Unlike akoya pearls, which have a short growth time and thin nacre, south sea pearls grow inside the host shell for several years before harvest. Also unlike the akoya, the maxima can be reseeded 3-4 times in its life span. The most important feature of the South Sea pearl is the size. The Pinctada maxima oyster shell is massive in comparison to the other pearl-producing oyster shells. In fact, you could easily put several akoya oyster shells inside of a single Pinctada maxima shell. South sea pearls grow from just under 10 mm to about 20 mm. The average size is between 12 and 15 mm.
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10-11mm Gold South Sea Pearl Pendant 10-11mm White South Sea Pearl Pendant

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GOLD SOUTH SEA SOLITAIRE PENDANT SOUTH SEA SOLITAIRE PENDANT
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Gold South Sea Solitaire Pearl Pendant 11.0-12.0mm South Sea Solitaire Pearl Pendant 12.0-13.0mm White

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9.0-10.0 mm South Sea Stud Earrings - White 9.0-10.0 mm South Sea Stud Earrings - Gold
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This stunning pair of 10.0-11.0mm gold south sea pearls are AAA quality 10.0-11.0mm White South Sea Pearl Earrings
11.0-12.0 mm South Sea Stud Earrings - Gold 11.0-12.0 mm South Sea Stud Earrings - White
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11.0-12.0mm Gold South Sea Pearl Stud Earrings 11.0-12.0mm White South Sea Pearl Stud Earrings
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12.0-13.0 mm South Sea Stud Earrings - Gold
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12.0-13.0mm Gold South Sea Pearl Stud Earrings
Extraordinary, AAA grade Gold South Sea Pearl Earrings on 14-Karat posts