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Global Pearl Industry

In 2010 global pearl production was structured followingly. Exact production figures are scarce in the industry, the following are estimated figures collected from different sources. 

Marine Cultured Pearls

South Sea Cultured Pearls (2010)

Country

Volume

Value

Source

Australia

1200 kan (4.5 tonnes)

146 million US$

POIB (2011)

Indonesia

1350 kan (5 tonnes)

82 million US$

POIB (2011)

Myanmar (Burma)

200 kan (750kg)

24 million US$

POIB (2011)

Philippines

400 kan (1.5 tonnes)

17 million US$

POIB (2011)

Black Cultured Pearls (2010)

Country

Volume

Value

Source

Cook Islands

100-150,000 pearls

467,000 US$

PIR (2012)

Fiji

9,500 pearls

unknown

Strack, 2011

French Polynesia

16.7 tonnes (10.2 million pearls)

67 million €

Maison de la Perle

Micronesia

no commercial production (2010)

Akoya Cultured Pearls

Andy Müller estimated in 2009 that marine cultured pearls are produced in the following shares: Akoya cultured pearls (US$ 65m- 18%). They are produced in China, Japan and Vietnam. 

 

JNA