• Short Summary

    PRICES TODAY FOR PEARLS FROM THE PERSIAN GULF -- THE WORLD'S FINEST AND MOST VALUABLE -- HAVE NEVER BEEN HIGHER.

  • Description

    PRICES TODAY FOR PEARLS FROM THE PERSIAN GULF -- THE WORLD'S FINEST AND MOST VALUABLE -- HAVE NEVER BEEN HIGHER.YET THE INDUSTRY IS IN DECLINE, WITH LES AND LESS PEARLS HAULED IN EACH YEAR.THE INDUSTRY IS BEING STRANGLED BY THE LURE OF THE BIG MONEY TO BE GAINED FROM THE MIDDLE EAST OIL BOOM.

    SAILING SHOWS ARE LEFT ROTTING ON BEACHES AS THEIR OWNERS HEAD FOR THE KUWAITI OIL FIELDS TO EARN AN EASIER AND MORE PROFITABLE LIVING.THE RICH PEARL BEDS OF THE PERSIAN GULF HAVE BEEN ABANDONED TO A FEW HARDY FISHERMEN, CARRYING ON THE WORK DATING BACK TO THE MACEDONIANS.

    IT'S ONE OF THE TOUGHEST JOBS IN THE WORLD, EVEN THOUGH THE SEASON LASTS ONLY FOUR MONTHS OF THE YEAR.AND THOSE ARE THE FOUR HOTTEST MONTHS.DIVING SUITS ARE BANNED BY LAW TO ENSURE A STEADY SUPPLY OF PEARLS-YIELDING OYSTERS.

    IN THE SEARING HEAT, THE DIVERS PLUNGE INTO THE CALM WATERS WITH A MINIMUM NOURISHMENT TO ENABLE THEM TO STAY UNDERWATER LONGER.IT'S A DANGEROUS AND RISKY JOB, TOO.FOR, AS WELL AS DIVING TO NEAR LUNG-BURSTING DEPTHS, THERE'S THE CONSTANT DANGER OF THE LURKING SHARK.BUT WHAT THEY DREAD MOST IS THE GIANT JELLY FISH WHOSE BURNING STING CAN HAVE A MAN IN AGONY FOR HOURS.

    DIVERS HAVE TRAINED THEMSELVES TO STAY SUBMERGED FOR MINUTES AS THEY GROPE FOR THE OYSTERS NESTLING BENEATH THE SAND.SANDBANKS USUALLY REAP THE RICHEST HAULS.

    THE MOST VALUABLE PEARLS ARE THOSE WITH THE GREATEST IRIDESCENCE AND TRANSLUCENCE, THE BETTER SHAPE AND THE DEEP PEARL LUSTRE.PEARL-BUYERS HAVE SET THEMSELVES UP ALONG THE GULF TO TAKE THE GEMS OFF THE FISHERMEN BEFORE SENDING THEM TO THE CLEARING HOUSES IN BEIRUT AND THE ORIENT.

    IT MAY BE A DYING INDUSTRY, JUDGING BY THE GLITTER OF NECKLACES IN THE WORLD'S SMARTEST NIGHT SPOTS, THE DEMAND IS STILL CONSTANT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA10BA0PI5UL67NCJK5OVN3FY7T
    Media URN:
    VLVA10BA0PI5UL67NCJK5OVN3FY7T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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