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December 23, 2019

Pearl Farming Lombok has both of pearl types: Sea cultured pearl and freshwater cultured pearl. Sea cultured pearl has higher quality and size than the freshwater cultured and of course, more expensive. The quality of pearls is judged by the reflectivity and shine of the surface. Fine pearls do not have any flaws or spots in the nacre. Lombok and Sumbawa’s seashore are a potential and pollution-free for Oyster Farm.

In Sekotong (East Lombok) and in the North West of Lombok are the places where most sea pearls comes from. Lombok is also known for its “golden pearls” from the Gold Lipped oyster. It has over 24 active pearl farms. Natural pearls are created when an oyster covers a foreign object with beautiful layers of nacre. They were rare because they were created only by chance, as thousands of oysters had to be searched for only one pearl. That makes the pearl so expensive.

Today’s pearls are cultured in farms. Shell beads are placed inside an oyster and the oyster is returned to the water. When the pearls are later harvested, the oyster has covered the bead with layers of nacre. Most cultured pearls are produced in Japan. South sea pearls are one of Lombok’s major exports and a popular gift idea for visitors to the island. There are over 20 active pearl farms in Lombok, but only one offers pearl farm tours, which gives a good insight into how pearls are produced. The full process of culturing a south sea pearl is shown and explained. You can see the surgical operation of the oyster as well as harvesting of the pearl.

Guests visiting the AUTORE Pearl Farm will have the opportunity to discover how the rare and beautiful South Sea pearls are produced in Lombok and knowledgeable guides will explain the intricate processes of modern cultured pearl farming – from how the oysters are seeded, the growing process, harvesting and grading the pearls, through to the end result – the stunning pearls on display in their showroom.

Cultured pearls and Natural pearls can be distinguished from imitation pearls by a very simple test. Take the pearl and rub it gently against the edge of a tooth. Cultured and natural pearls will feel slightly rough, like fine sandpaper, because of the texture of natural nacre and the imitations will feel as smooth as glass because the surface is painted on a smooth bead. It is very easy to take care of pearls. Keep it away from chemical substance, alcohol and perfume because it will affect the sparkle of pearls. Clean the pearls in water with baby soap and then wipe with soft towel after wearing them. There are many cases of fraud where buyers got manipulated and ended up buying imitation pearls. So your best to go direct to the source!

Here is the tips how to recognize real pearls than the fake ones: By gently rubbing it. The original pearls are not deformed if rubbed on glass, but it will leave some trace like chalk on the glass. By the shapes and colors. The original pearls have irregular shapes, and also have natural color. While the imitation pearls have a round shape with a variety color and have a slick surface, shiny and light. By burning it. The original pearls won’t be burned, while imitation pearl will be burned and melted, because it was made from plastic. (Not recommended to do infront of a seller)

There are some other tips to select the trusted seller and keep the transaction safe: Find some testimonials from other. Search on the web, forum, or whatever source you trusted. If you want to buy the pearl online, make sure the shop is really exist. Check the bank account, shop address, and other things related to their presence. A good seller will give you a good reply promptly once you contact them. Price won’t lie. A pearl which claimed as A+ grade but offered with very not reasonable low price is something doubtful.

Guests visiting the AUTORE Pearl Farm will have the opportunity to discover how the rare and beautiful South Sea pearls are produced in Lombok and knowledgeable guides will explain the intricate processes of modern cultured pearl farming – from how the oysters are seeded, the growing process, harvesting and grading the pearls, through to the end result – the stunning pearls on display in their showroom.

Autore Pearl Farm and Visitor Showroom

Teluk Nara Jl. Raya Pamenang, Malaka, Pemenang, North Lombok, NTB 83352, Indonesia

T: +62 813 399 20020

autorepearls.com.au/farms

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