After nearly four decades of culturing pearls in the waters of the Philippines, golden South Sea pearl specialist Jewelmer Joaillerie recently unveiled The Palawan Strand – the international brand’s rarest strand of golden South Sea pearls linking 35 of Jewelmer’s most precious gems, created and completed in a span of 37 years.
“The completion of the strand is more than what we’ve ever imagined. It transcends our hope and vision,” said Jacques Christophe Branellec, executive vice president and deputy CEO of Jewelmer Joaillerie. “It’s the very discovery of a miracle.”
Harvested from the gold-lipped Pinctada maxima, the largest of all pearl-bearing oysters, a single pearl is nature’s miraculous gift. It takes 377 steps and five years to see if a golden pearl will emerge from its mother oyster.
The birth of a pearl, normally in the size of 10mm to 13mm, is a discovery and a cause for celebration.
Yet, every once in an extraordinary season, a pearl appears in the exceptional size of 16mm to 18mm, with an immaculate surface and an ideal round form, like spectral fragments of perfection birthed from Palawan’s waters.
Perfectly matched in shape, size and colour, the pearls of The Palawan Strand radiate a precious golden lustre, the royal splendour of the sun encapsulated in a perfect sphere. Each pearl signifies a flawless creation, and the strand of 35 pearls conveys the glory of a miracle. Each orb echoes the wonder of the Palawan seas, for each creation is only as immaculate as the place where it was bred.
“It’s not something that happens every season. Palawan is one of the most sensitive marine environments in the world. Life stems from here. This is the home that bore this strand,” Branellec said.
While the relentless wave of human intervention has tainted the environment on a global scale, Palawan stands as nature’s last frontier, preserving a state of purity that births the world’s most precious jewels. In the making of a golden pearl, communities are similarly formed and nurtured in Palawan’s shores – people devoting their days to the creation of a treasure.
“When they saw it, a lot of them were in tears,” said Branellec, adding that within each golden orb transpires the dance of joy, passion and dedication.
The strand’s unrivalled splendour reveals the triumph of a people.
“The Palawan Strand is a gift from nature. It’s the reward of man working in symbiosis with nature. It’s the reward for being able to take care of the environment we work in, the people that we work with, and the communities that are around us,” Branellec continued.
The Palawan Strand is one of the world’s rarest strands of golden South Sea pearls – a symbol of how perfection exists in nature, evoking the harmony and order of our planet and the story of humanity’s enduring kinship with the sea.
“We serve, not as owners, but as stewards and guardians of a golden treasure – a vessel of heritage and hope for the future generation. With it, Jewelmer Joaillerie unveils a miracle 37 years in the making,” according to Branellec.