South Sea Pearls
In Australia South Sea Pearls is the term given to mean pearls which come from the Pinctata Maxima oyster, common on the north-west coast of Australia from Broome to Darwin but is also found in Indonesia, the Philippines and Burma.
The Pinctata Maxima is the largest oyster in the world and can therefore produce pearls which average from 9mm up to 20mm diameter. There are two varieties of the oyster - the silver-lipped and the gold-lipped. Australia is famous for the quality of its silver pearls although the champagne coloured pearls from the gold-lipped variety are also common.
In Indonesia it is possible to find a much darker and richer gold pearl from the same gold-lipped oyster.
Tiare Black Pearl keeps both varieties of South Sea Pearls from Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia. You can find the price list for loose South Sea pearls under Loose Pearls in this section.