- Pearls have been
a source of fascination for centuries. They have been considered the
most magical and feminine of all gems and are the only one created
by a living organism.
- Pearls produced
by Black-Lip pearl oysters are known as “black pearls” or “Tahitian
black pearls” . Pearl oysters are most commonly found in tropical
- A cultured pearl
is a pearl created by a pearl farmer under controlled conditions.
- Pearl farming
begins with conducting a feasibility study to determine whether the
proper conditions (financial, environmental, operational and
biological) that allow pearl farming to be profitable exist for the
situation in which you wish to farm.
- Optimal planting
of pearl is between March to May and September to October since in
the summer the water temperature is too high for just-opened hosts
to survive, and in winter it is generally too cold for planting
operations due to intricate and delicate implanting procedures.
- Pearl farming
still stands on a probability of production of the finest pearls. It
means that the success of a pearl farming industry depends greatly
on a high production of mother-of-pearls.
- Pearl culture
technology in India is in its infancy. However, the base technology
to produce cultured pearls has been standardized1 and more attention
is being paid to improve the implantation technique.
farming technologies in China remained basically the same in the
past century, except for the changes made in the 80's, where mussels
for pearl cultivation were artificially propagated.
- As products of
living animals, pearls are unique among gems. In size, shape and
color, they exist in an amazing variety of forms -- far more than
just small, round and white. The global market for pearl jewelry is
worth US $1.5 billion, a quarter of which is in black pearls.
- The Western
Australian pearl oyster fishery is the only remaining significant
wild-stock fishery for pearl oysters in the world.
- Pearl farming is
an attractive business venture because of the high value of the
final product. Although black pearls vary greatly in value depending
on the size and quality, large, round pearls of high quality can
sell for very high prices.
- As calculated
earlier, total earnings from Mabe pearls are estimated at over
US$7.5 million.pearl has potential to become the major export
commodity of the country. It might possibly share over 5% of the
national GDP (US$138 million, 1992).
- The pearl farming
industry will have an impact on the other activities such as
tourism, craft, reinvesting, prevention of rural exodus to Tongatapu,
etc. As it is happening in French Polynesia.
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