AUSTRALIAN SOUTH SEA PEARLS
Australian South Sea pearls are saltwater pearls grown inside the largest pearl-producing oyster, the Pinctada Maxima. This oyster can produce pearls in silvery white, cream white or very occasionally gold, with subtle hues of pink, blue or green. The pearls from Pinctada Maxima have a thick and lustrous nacre (pronounced na-ker) coating that is known as orient and these results in pearls of the best quality, in sizes up to 18mm and very occasionally exceeding 20mm. These pearl sizes are amongst the worlds largest, and as such are highly sought. The waters off Broome’s coast in Western Australia offer the only place in the world with commercial quantities of Pinctada Maxima. As a result, Australian South Sea pearls are some of the most valuable and desirable pearls on the market.
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