South Sea pearls are cultured in Broome, Western Australia and Indonesia in Lombok, Java and Sumbawa. There are currently 36 pearling companies registered in the region, with around 20 actively producing cultured pearls. Lombok and Sumbawa export pearls to the United States, Australia, Japan, Geneva, Italy and Switzerland.
The pearl industry in Lombok also has excellent tourism possibilities, with the potential to attract pearl traders from around the world, as well as tourists interested in pearl production, pearl farm tours and an annual pearl festival.
This undeveloped potential is being taken seriously by industry leader, AUTORE, which has pearl farms in Lombok, Sumbawa and West Java, in addition to their main operations in Western Australia
In conjunction with the pearling operations in Lombok, AUTORE now has a visitors’ centre and showroom at their pearl farm located in the calm bay of Teluk Nara on Lombok’s west coast.Read More
Guests visiting the AUTORE Pearl Farm will have the opportunity to discover how the rare and beautiful South Sea pearls are produced in Lombok and knowledgeable guides will explain the intricate processes of modern cultured pearl farming – from how the oysters are seeded, the growing process, harvesting and grading the pearls, through to the end result – the stunning pearls on display in their showroom.
After your tour, relax with a refreshing drink at the small café within the visitors centre and enjoy the sea breezes coming off the ocean. The visitors centre is perched on stilts in the warm waters just offshore at Teluk Nara harbour, only 25 minutes north of Senggigi.
The visitors centre looks out on the dramatic Rinjani mountain range on the mainland, and to the east, over the buoys of the pearl farm to the three GiliIslands, floating in the sparkling sea and just minutes away.
The pearl centre can be easily reached by car or taxi from Senggigi or by boat from any of the Gilis, and is a perfect day trip to discover the magic ofLombok pearls combined with the unique craftsmanship of AUTORE. Enquire about your tour today.
Clipper Pearls has been part of the AUTORE Group since 2006. A number of the pearl farming sites lie in the open waters of Quondong Point, north of Broome, in Western Australia.
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