The Story of the Golden South Sea Pearl

June 2013 Gemstone Gathering

Modern pearl farming discussed at next GIA Gemstone Gathering

BANGKOK – June 24, 2013 – Pearls, celebrated for thousands of years for their luster and beauty, come in many colors – the most familiar are white and cream, but the palette of colors extends to every hue. Jacques Christophe Branellec, director of Jewelmer, a leading producer of golden South Sea pearls, will discuss the modern pearl farming industry at the next GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Gemstone Gathering in Bangkok on June 26.
The discussion will cover cultured pearls, exploring the truths and challenges of this niche industry. Beyond the processes of pearl farming, Branellec will also examine the attributes of pearl farmers and the pristine environment necessary to create the South Sea pearl.
Based in Manila, Philippines, Branellec oversees pearl farming operations, brand initiatives and international trade shows for Jewelmer, a South Sea pearl and fine jewelry company.
GIA’s Gemstone Gathering, a free event, begins at 6 p.m. on June 26 in the “Crowne Room 1-3” on the 21st floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly known as the Pan Pacific), Lumpini Park in Bangkok.

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism.