Pinctada maxima is an extraordinary species from the family of pearl oysters that live in deep water as a form of protection. They are considered to be the largest and the rarest pearl oysters in the world. The delicate bivalves were first discovered in Roebuck Bay, Broome in the year 1861. There is a special restaurant called “1861” which is named after this incident at Oaks Broome, one of the finest hotels in Australia. The lovely Broome hotel is committed to make their guests feel special by offering a quality experience.
The unique pearl is also known as the “South Sea Pearl” as these bivalves are mostly cultured in the pristine Australian ocean and are uniquely found in the South Seas. The divers in Australia collect the oysters with their hands to be taken to pearl farms. Such farms will further cultivate them with the hopes of producing beautiful pearls. An oyster of this kind would either be white-lipped or gold-lipped and this factor would define the color of the pearl it produces. However, not all of these oysters would produce pearls and even the ones who do, would most probably produce one pearl at a time.
Even the shell of the Pinctada maxima is as shimmering as the pearl itself and is known as “Mother of pearl” for its unique natural sheen. This is used for designing of jewelry, buttons, tiles and laminates. The turquoise south pacific seas with crystal clear water are not only a breeding ground for Pinctada maxima, but also help the creation of their unique colour.
These oysters are mostly sensitive to environmental changes which make it difficult for them to sustain themselves. Therefore, they require special attention and protection. Australia, in particularl, has set up good systems and strict measures to maintain its healthy and high quality beds of South Seas pearl oysters, in order to protect these beautiful creatures.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.