Fifty rectangular wire pens are lined up inside a large cage in the waters of Sekotong, West Lombok. Thousands of pearl-bearing oysters stick to the sides within them. A worker checks the oysters one by one. With intensive care, the oysters can be harvested in seven or eight months. "There are about 10,000 oysters in this cage," said Arar, the manager. Arar, 33, and his four subordinates have handled the cultivation of pinctada maxima oysters since 2011. The pinctada maxima produces South Sea pearls, famous for their size and luster.
However, Arar is most famous for his half-spherical cultured pearls, known as mabe. "I always buy mabe from Arar. They are rarely sold elsewhere," said Samira, 24, who is one of Arar's regular buyers.
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