When you think of pearls, the words ‘elegant’ and ‘classy’ usually come to mind. After reading about Basra pearls, you might just add the word ‘luxurious’ to that list.
Originating from the Persian and Arabian Gulf and countries such as Bahrain and Kuwait, Basra pearls have created quite the reputation amongst pearl enthusiasts the world over.
Produced by the Pinctada Radiate (Gulf Pearl Oyster) the earliest records of these pearls date back to 300 B.C.! The supply has diminished significantly since the oil industry boomed in the Arab countries, which dealt a heavy blow to the pearl culturing industry the region. This plot takes a fortuitous turn, since this shrinking market has made the Basra pearl all the more desirable.
Basra pearls are of an irregular shape, often having a yellow or pink tint. The most sought after Basra Pearls are the natural, un-drilled pearls with a silvery white tone and a spherical shape.