Our cruise offered this trip to the Pearl Farm if we wanted to go. I took up the offer along with a number of other people. It was interesting the process of production and we got to see the technician checking the shells and extracting pearls if there was any, then discarding or re implanting the bead and mantle. The facts and figures were very interesting and in what we saw extracted, it made you realise the difficulty of finding a number of pearls of the same shape, size and colour to make those long strings of pearls. We could look in the shop if we chose to, which I did. The shop assisitants were pleasant, friendly and helpful. There were boxes of pearls with the grades and prices on them so you didn't have to ask for the price of every pearl which was good. There were made up pieces or you can choose a pearl and have them string it etc for you. They then package it nicely for gift giving with certificate of authenticity.
Back at the beach were some pop up shops set up for the cruise members. The prices were very good and very affordable for gifts. No fancy packaging or certificates but very pretty, well displayed and affordable. The price and grade were on each of these pieces also. I find it all a bit overwhelming when there are different sizes, grades, mountings (some string, some chain, some wire etc) but its not worth trying to compare apples with apples. Really if you see something that appeals and it seems a fair price- just buy it. Otherwise it drives you all a little mad. So I purchased from both suppliers and am quite happy. What I do know is that it is a much more relaxed and easy experience than looking at pearls in Papeete. And if you do not wish to purchase- the educational experience was worth the air conditioned bus ride 5 minutes down the road as it was very educational and interesting.
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