The most well known of all natural pearls are those that come from Oysters. Before the dawn of the cultured pearl industry ( early 1900's) all pearls were natural. These pearls, coveted by the very wealthy, provided a lively hood for millions world wide. Traditional oyster beds found in The Persian Gulf, Gulf of Mannar and the Red Sea dominated the world pearl market through out much of history.Today natural pearls continue to be a treasure coveted by many.
1914: Black South Sea pearl farm established Overcoming the challenges of deep waters and warm temperatures, Mikimoto finally succeeds in culturing his first South Sea pearl at his oyster beds off Ishigaki Island in 1931. The dazzling gem is a 10 millimeter Black South Sea pearl.