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Tuamotu Archipelago, the treasure island

art & culture

The pearls of Rangiroa are famous: many farms cultivate this jewel of the Pacific, taking over from the fishermen who used to dive here for pearls.

Oro, the generous sky god, offered men the black pearl of Tahiti. It is cultivated today in several islands of the Tuamotu Archipelago, which has about 250 pearl farms. Rangiroa (Gauguin's Pearl) is the best known. For man, eager and fascinated by this beautiful rarity, could not be content with the fruit of chance, when he went on an adventure to uncover hidden treasures.

Today, pearl farming, developed in Japan, brings more luck, but demands just as much skill and perseverance. The quality depends particularly on the purity of the water where the oysters are raised. A ball is slid into their reproductive system, around which will form layers of nacre. It is a slow process during which the shellfish live strung together in the ocean. After a few years, the pearl can be harvested and turned into jewellery.

Rangiroa Pearl Farm (Gauguin's Pearl)
BP 191 Avatoru
98775 Rangiroa

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