Pearl Production Process

Born out of living organisms known as mollusks, pearls are the only living gems in the world. Jewelmer’s unique pearl farming process spans four to five years and takes 377 individual steps to sustainably produce a single Jewelmer pearl.


After more than 20 years of research, Jewelmer pioneered the first hatchery-born oysters to avoid depleting wild oyster beds and to vastly improve the quality of the cultured pearls. Parent oysters with the right qualities are carefully selected and chosen to breed the perfect golden pearl-producing oyster.


A trained master grafter inserts a bead nucleus, together with a piece of mantle from a chosen donor oyster, into the gonad of the parent oyster. As time passes, the mantle will become a pearl sac that encapsulates the nucleus and deposit layers of crystals that will become the pearl.


Following the grafting, the oysters are placed in baskets and allowed to convalesce for a period of three months.


Two to three years pass as the pearl oyster deposit layers of nacre around the inserted nuclei. During this period, oysters are placed in baskets, which are regularly turned and cleaned to ensure the health of the mollusk.


The harvest is the magical moment in which the master grafter who performed the initial operation harvests a pearl after 4 to 5 of years patient care. A lustrous pearl is extracted from the oyster and a living gem is born. The master grafter then decides if the oyster is suitable for a second operation before the next grafting begins.