Myanmar Pearl

Golden South Sea Pearls.

South Sea Pearls are probably the ultimate beauty in terms of pearls. Also called Tahitian pearls (in the black version) although they are one of the very few gemstones to create organic jewelry. 

Myanmar Pearl

The sphere is grown in many countries as a cultured version including Australia and further northwest in the warm waters of Myanmar's (Burmese Myeik Archipelago). This beauty is raised inside the Pinctada maxima oyster.
South Sea pearls are known as the base of beautiful jewelry especially necklaces and bracelets. Attractive south sea pearl organic pearl jewelry which finally comes from the ocean can have many colors such as gold silver black white and pink.

In 1930 Australian divers discovered Pinctada maxima oyster off "Down Under". The indigenous Salone or Sea Gypsy's in south Myanmar already were harvesting them from the sea-bed of the Andaman Sea in the Mergui (Myeik) archipelago since over a thousand year and traveling Chinese traders bought them under the English colonial forces conquered Burma and started to trade the pearls for alcohol they also made the Salones (Sea Gypsies)  addicted to alcohol and got the precious stones for very low prices.

This was the birth of the pretty bigger pearls gems business.

It happens on the north coast of Australia and other places such as in the Andaman Sea’s Myeik Archipelago where they started together with a Japanese company. In the archipelago, they already traded natural south sea pearls they found and made business with Chinese traders who came into the Andaman Sea frequently hundreds of years before.


That business had already started before the 17th Century when the local “Sea Gypsies” found them in the seabed and changed them for other goods with Chinese trader who came to visit regularly a long time ago.

This ended when the British conquered this part of the world and started to cheat the natives. They gave them alcohol and opium in exchange and made them addicts to get the balls for almost nothing. It was just the same as they stole the rubies and teak wood from Burma and gave almost nothing in return.

Since naturally grown South Sea Pearls are extremely rare some companies started to "culture" them which actually are even better than the natural ones since they grow in a controlled environment and actually there is no real difference between the two.

Also keep in mind this are only one of the two organic pieces of gemstones available the other is amber. Experimenting in Myanmar / Burma started by the end of the 19th century with not much success but in 1954 a Japanese company started to team up in a Joint Venture with a Myanmar (Burmese) government enterprise to give it a try again, that was in the Myeik Archipelago about 600 km north of Phuket Thailand. The problem was that the Japanese mentality was not compatible with ideologically hardened communists who naturally have a different behavior. 

This cooperation went on and off over many years you not successful at all so they split but in the 198x the Burmese started again on their own and after some years produced reasonable products which are almost perfect today. Parallel to these similar operations in Australia, Indonesia, Philippines and elsewhere started. The Philippine South Sea Pearls from around Mindanao are also very
pretty. What makes them so special? The size and the great look. It needs to mention that not the Australian were the first finding them since already since the middle ages they were harvested in the Andaman Sea by the "Sea Gypsies" and traded with Chinese who came into the island world of the Myeik Archipelago off today South Myanmar or Burma.
Australian companies started to culture them first in Northern Australia and Myanmar followed with Japanese help but after a while, they split because of old communist and military would not go along with Japanese entrepreneur mentality. The oyster where the little sphere is growing is the large Pinctada maxima and the size became as large as 30 cm in diameter and it takes up to 3 years until harvest.

The Pinctada maxima oyster.


The shell grows to a size of 30cm in diameter which is much larger as the Akoya pearl. Currently, sizes between 5mm and 15mm are usual sometimes even up to around 20 mm. Average growth time is up to two years when the nacre gets its silky shine.
Most popular colors are gold, silver, white, light pink and range in between, Myanmar pearls (Burma) are also produced in black and some variants.


Myanmar Pearls (2)


About amazing mother of pearl creations, it’s always a mystery how they handle this since the material is not easy to deal with, but after the manufacturing process the items look real good. Usually, they make tableware and boxes from. Just watch the pictures from the shops here.

Myanmar South Sea Pearls

This are genuine south sea pearls grown in the Myanmar (Burma) Myeik Archipelago .



Want to buy some of these beauties of up to around 15 mm diameter right now for a consumer friendly price it's here now south sea pearls. The Burmese pearls can easily be bought in Yangon's Bogyoke Market right in the center of the city which a huge oriental bazaar with all precious stones of the country can offer such as jade plus ruby beautiful blue and pink sapphire gold and many more precious gemstones.


 precious stones from myanmar


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