A Bahraini diver, Sanad Abdullah bin Juffin, found two rare pearls, weighing 18 carats and 9 carats respectively, in the northern oyster beds (hayrat) at a depth of 18 meters. The average size of pearls in Bahrain is between 1 and 2 carats. The larger, 18 carat pearl will be prized by jewelers and collectors not only for its size and weight, but also for its rarity and unique complexion.
Approximately one-hour by boat from the Kingdom’s northern coast, the hayrat area is known for its abundance of oyster beds, which host several species of pearl producing oyster.
The pearling industry continues to be a valuable source of income for many Bahraini families given the existence of numerous, healthy oyster beds within the Kingdom’s territorial waters. Juffin said his discovery was a clear justification of Bahrain’s millennia-old reputation as home to the world’s finest natural pearls.
Juffin’s finds have been certified by the Kingdom’s world-class Institute for Pearls and Gemstones, DANAT, confirming the pearls as natural saltwater pearls of the Pinctada radiata species. The detailed report includes further details of the pearls’ characteristics.
Locals, residents and tourists alike can experience the thrill of pearl diving for themselves, by booking day-excursions through one of the many licensed dive operators. For more information on how you can undertake your own treasure hunt, visit: www.pearldiving.bh.