Harvesting the elusive golden pearl in Philippines (29 photos)

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Jewelmer is the only pearl producer in the world that has successfully produced pearls with a rich, natural golden color. Through decades of research and biotechnology, Jewelmer was able to perfect the breeding process that produces gold-lipped Pinctada maxima pearl oysters capable of growing large, lustrous, golden pearls. This deep, rich color can only be found in South Sea pearls produced in the Philippines.

Pearls are cultured by transplanting a tiny piece of mantle tissue of an oyster shell into a the shell of a young oyster. This graft forms a pearl sac and precipitate calcium carbonate into this pocket. Over time, this grows into a pearl. It takes 2 to 5 years for a pearl to mature. "Cultivation of pearls is very time-consuming process," explains Jacques Branellec, managing director of Jewelmer. "Any change in temperature and water conditions can affect the oysters. For 38 years I have been in cultivation of pearls, but I’m always learning something new.” [Jewelmer.com]

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  • smemley

    waste of time they look fucking plastic anyway.

  • Erik Angeli

    nobody gives a shit bitch

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001225731219 HellHath NoFury

      Nobody wants a 'shit bitch' anyways, so thank God no one is giving them out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001411664615 Palin Comparison

    The dude in 14 will kill you if you touch him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001411664615 Palin Comparison

      Erm … it changed to number 7. Seriously … 'it' changed.

  • SomethingClever

    I've been on the internet too long, the first thing that came to mind when I thought "golden pearl necklace" was nsfw. I'm ruined…

    • fuzzybeard2016


  • K94

    Pretty awesome. Also, why are smemley and Erik butt-hurt?

  • twohi2play

    I could careless about the pearls, I just want to eat the oysters!

  • Yourfreakindaddy

    Anyone want a pearl necklace?

    • Homesteader

      I have to say that if you have this coloration in your pearl necklace, you may need to get a really long Q-Tip stuck down your pee hole.

  • ryno47

    the chive is reaching with this post

    • http://www.facebook.com/beau87 Beau Young

      Reaching deep inside your children. They'll betray you in thechive's name.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001225731219 HellHath NoFury

    Dude, what the…really? Did you really just spit-wad me in class? Grow up.

    • Homesteader

      Is that what fcuking is?

      Now I know, and knowing is half the battle….

      • http://www.facebook.com/beau87 Beau Young

        GI JOOOOOE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001225731219 HellHath NoFury

    I think baroque pearls are far more interesting than their round, perfect counterparts. They look more natural, have much better color, and are unique. Yay for irritated oysters! Next thing, PETA will be on this for annoying oysters.
    From some of the pictures, i'm thinking this dude is actually James Bond with a pearl harvest on the side.

    • fuzzybeard2016

      So, you're saying that he should…

      [puts on shades]

      go for Baroque?


      • DixonOrmus


        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001225731219 HellHath NoFury

          I thought it was hilarious!

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  • Mutt

    Why are 7 and 8 wearing masks? Is it so the Oysters can't identify them to the Police?

    • fuzzybeard2016

      Probably so that they wouldn't be recognized by someone (or groups of someones) that would like to rob the Masked Oysterman's employer.

  • Homesteader

    I'll be one of the few people that will admit by post that I laughed at that!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001225731219 HellHath NoFury

      Thanks, i had to vote myself down. Poster's remorse.

      • Homesteader

        If I would have known that, I wouldn't have given you a +1 for a grand total of 0…

        • Romeo

          Make that -1

  • fasterthanu

    I still think white pearls look better.

  • w/eeeee

    my precioussssssss

  • nathan

    kater is the new asshole from the chive,
    and fuck yourself, you'll get more pussy that way…

  • R. Kelly

    My girl asked me for a golden pearl necklace. So I pissed on her neck.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001225731219 HellHath NoFury

      Haha, R Kelly!

      • http://www.facebook.com/beau87 Beau Young

        He's stuck in the closet.

    • fuzzybeard2016


    • Sarah

      Duuuudde – I mean – WTF – I know the Chive is almost an anything goes, but seriously – NO…

  • Romeo

    I tried she just bitch slapped me and said learn to spell f cuk?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001225731219 HellHath NoFury

      I take it we've met.

  • Clint

    Look like paintballs

  • MiPo1977

    The masked dudes are a huge selling point!!! Are the AK-47's off camera

  • Flav

    #7 Looks like a KKK member after his bake sale went bad

  • Chivemaster

    I bet this owner of this company has a fuck ton of money!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=657818734 Marcelo Muñoz

    Is it weird that i want to bite one?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001225731219 HellHath NoFury

      Nope, and put it in vinegar!

  • marlyn

    This is insane. Why are we encouraging foreigners to such up our (philippines) resources? i feel bad that other countries benefiting from our resources, we filipino people working to the non filipino in our country? where is our government?

    • Pink

      Yeah, where is your government? We just can't do anything good unless people from other country lead us. We pinoys only good in following orders, too sad but that how we brought up in the first place.

  • Kaye

    The government is fucking busy with their commissions…!!!

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