A day in the life of a Philippine Golden Pearl farmer begins at 5 a.m., when the boats go into the warm ocean to retrieve the special nets used to house the Pinctada maxima. The nets act as a framework for the oysters, which attach themselves to the nets. Once the nets are retrieved, the oysters are carefully removed. The oyster's shells are cleaned of the algae and other sea life that form a symbiotic relationship with it. This algae is often dried and used as fertilizer, as many farms in the Philippines are as concerned with sustainability as with the quality of their product.
These oysters are first sorted into different sizes; the smaller oysters are placed back into their protective nets to allow them to mature. To assure their health, oysters are not grafted with the nucleus of a pearl until they reach a certain size, which can take between two to three years. The grafting process is only performed once the oyster has reached the optimum health and size.
This grafting process is identical to the method used for implanting other salt-water pearl oysters. A round bead or nucleus is inserted into the oyster, creating a matrix around which the nacre or iridescent layers can form. A Pinctada maxima reaches full growth in two years, and a golden pearl can take two to three years to form; therefore it is a five-year process to cultivate each individual gem.
Often, in order to not disturb the oyster too soon, they are x-rayed to determine if it is safe to harvest the pearl growing inside. If the oysters are not ready, they are released back into the tropical waters.
Today's well-known golden pearl farmers, such as the famous Jacques Branellec, are all dedicated to environmental sustainability. They work to not only nurture their oysters, but also to nurture the environment that produces these rare gems.
Like other South Sea pearls, the pearls grown in the Pinctada maxima are commonly as large as 12mm, but frequently can grow to 14mm in diameter. In addition to this luxuriant size, the color of the pearls produced by the rare gold-lip Pinctada maxima shines like pure gold. Their size and scarcity make these stunning natural gems among the most sought-after and prestigious ornaments available today!
Golden South Sea pearls hold the title for rarity. Among pearl aficionados, golden pearls are seldom seen and prized by collectors for this reason. Pearl grafting technicians carefully implant a sliver of the super golden mantle tissue which borders the perimeter of the Pinctada maxima oyster along with the mother-of-pearl bead which initiates the formation of a pearl. It is the meticulous selection of the golden mantle tissue which allows this oyster to deliver a super-saturated vivid golden colored pearl.
Whether you are looking for a formal golden pearl necklace for a special occasion, a pair of classic timeless golden South Sea pearl earrings for everyday wear or a matching golden pearl bracelet, we offer complete line of the finest quality expertly matched pearls available. All of our golden pearls are purchased directly from the farmers, imported to our wholesale 5th Avenue showroom in New York and expertly matched and drilled by our GIA-trained pearl specialists.
If you are looking for a custom golden South Sea pearl necklace (specific size, color or length) that you do not see offered on our website or in our catalogs, please contact us as we can offer you a custom piece made to your exact specifications. In addition, our newly formed 3D jewelry design group can design any pearl jewelry piece you can think, model it in CAD/CAM and render a custom piece to your exact specifications for your review, such as this custom-designed Tahitian Pearl Ring.