Malaysian post issued a special stamps portraying the uniqueness of Sea pearls of Malaysia.
The stamps features most valuable South Sea pearls Drop, Baroque, Circle and Round. The stamps have striking 3D image combined with embossing effect and a round shape.
Sea Pearls of Malaysia
South Sea pearls are rare and precious pearls with record characteristics. They are prized for their large size, high luster and colors ranging from white and cream, to silver, pink, lavender and gold.
South Sea pearls have been cultivated in the hot waters of South-east Asia since the 50’s. Nowadays, the cultivation of these pearls is developed mainly along the Australian North-west coast.
Sea pearls are also cultivated in Indonesia (29%), the Philippines (10%), and in modest amounts Burma, Malaysia and other countries of the Pacific.
The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries.
The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls.
Cultured or farmed pearls from pearl oysters and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those currently sold.
The cultured pearls have been produced using larger oysters in the south Pacific and Indian Ocean. The largest pearl oyster is the Pinctada maxima, which is roughly the size of a dinner plate.
This oyster is much larger than the oysters that produce Akoya and Freshwater pearls, so the pearl that it produces is much larger as well. Because of the rarity and sensitivity of this type of oyster, cultivation of these pearls is much more difficult, making them more expensive.
South Sea pearls are characterized by their large size and warm luster. Sizes up to 14 mm in diameter are not uncommon.
In 2013, Indonesia supplied 43 percent of South Sea Pearls international market. The other significant producers are Australia, Philippines, Myanmar and Malaysia.
Title: Sea Pearls of Malaysia
Date of Issue: 29 July 2015
Denominations: 60sen, 70sen, 80sen, RM5.30
Source: Malaysia Post