Shimmering natural pearls are quite literally Bahrain’s national treasure. Recognised as the world’s finest thanks to their purity of colour, these resplendent jewels of the deep occupy Bahrain’s surrounding Gulf waters. From the Kingdom’s ancient pearl diving heritage to where to buy them today, take the plunge with us as we explore the pearls of Bahrain.
What to look for
When buying natural pearls, there are metrics to consider. First of all, size is everything as larger pearls are rare and more valuable. Symmetry is important, too; perfectly spherical ones are more in demand but slightly irregular ones can be just as beautiful. Perhaps the most important factor when buying pearls is the lustre and shine. A good-quality natural pearl will be shiny and bright while a lesser quality pearl will be dull with less brilliance. Check your potential pearls are blemish and crack free before buying.
Where to buy pearls in Bahrain
For a plethora of pearl jewellery all under one roof, look to the luxurious MODA Mall. Alongside international jewellery brands like Cartier, you’ll find fine local jewellers such as Al Mahmood Pearls and Al Majed Jewellery. Here, you can pick up elegant pearl strings and fine gold bracelets and earrings with exquisite pearl adornments.
In the heart of Manama you’ll find Gold City, a shopping paradise dedicated entirely to jewellery. Peruse its glittering stores including Natural Pearl Palace, which sells decorative pearls in their original oyster shells as well as pretty rings, pendants and bracelets.
Where to dive for pearls
Once you’ve shopped its malls and explored the souks, why not take to the depths of Bahrain’s warm Gulf waters and go pearl diving? Surrounded by turtles, barracudas and beautiful coral reefs, it’s not only an incredible way to spend the day, but you’ll also get the chance to take home your own pearl of the deep. There are a number of licenced diving centres that will take you out to sea, where you can collect up to 60 oysters that will be opened on your return journey. Before any trip you’ll need to purchase a pearl diving pass. Afterwards, you’re good to go exploring the Gulf’s stunning watery depths.
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