Unveiling Nature's Mysteries: Shiyamali's Pearl Adventure in Bahrain

In the heart of the Arabian Gulf lies a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural wonders waiting to be explored. As the visionary behind L'Amour Pearls, Shiyamali's love affair with these iridescent gems has propelled her on a quest to unravel the secrets of nature's marvels. From the ancient civilizations of the Dilmun period to the present day, Bahrain's rich history as a hub of natural saltwater pearls has beckoned her to embark on a journey of discovery unlike any other.

For Shiyamali, this journey has been a lifelong passion, leading her to the inaugural Bahrain Pearl Experience Project in collaboration with DANAT (Bahrain Institution for Pearls & Gemstones) and the Diamond Talk. As the first of its kind, this inaugural project promises to immerse participants in the captivating world of pearls, blending education, exploration, and cultural enrichment into an unforgettable odyssey.

Picture from right to left: Noora Jamsheer, CEO of DANAT, Renu Choudhary, Founder of The Diamond Talk, Shiyamali Paranirupasingam, Founder of L'Amour Pearls & Ziad Khaled, Senior Instructor at DANAT

The project offered a deep dive into the science behind these marvels. 

At the heart of the project lies a comprehensive course designed to unveil the mysteries of pearls in all their forms. Combining theoretical learning with hands-on experience, Shiyamali delved into the intricacies of natural pearls, gaining a deeper understanding of their origins, characteristics, and value. Guided by experts from DANAT's laboratory, she explored the instrumentation used for pearl identification, including basic gemological tools, X-ray imaging, and chemical analysis—a journey that unveiled the hidden complexities of these mesmerizing gems.

But the Bahrain Pearl Experience is more than just a classroom lecture; it's a voyage through time and history. Through the course, Shiyamali embarked on a fascinating exploration of Bahrain's ancient pearling industry, tracing its origins from the stone age over 8000 years ago to the pinnacle of its prosperity in the 18th to 20th centuries. From the great Roman pearl trade to Bahrain's pivotal role in Islamic times, every chapter of the pearling saga revealed new insights into the enduring allure of these precious treasures.

The course didn't just scratch the surface of history—it delved deep into the cultural, economic, and social significance of pearl fishing and trading in Bahrain and the Gulf. From traditional fishing methods to the intricate systems of pearl grading and trading, Shiyamali gained a newfound appreciation for the industry's profound impact on the region's societies throughout the ages. The collapse of the pearling industry in the early to mid-10th century AD was explored, shedding light on the complex factors that shaped its rise and fall.

But perhaps the most exhilarating aspect of the Bahrain Pearl Experience was the opportunity for hands-on exploration. Led by a qualified scuba diving instructors, Shiyamali and her fellow participants embarked on a snorkeling trip into the azure depths of the ocean—a once-in-a-lifetime experience that brought them face to face with the mesmerizing beauty of the underwater world. As they immersed themselves in the pearl diving process, Shiyamali gained practical insights that deepened her understanding of pearls and their natural habitat.

One of the highlights of the journey was the experience of Oyster Shucking—a skill passed down through generations of pearl divers. As Shiyamali carefully opened each oyster, she marveled at the possibility of discovering a hidden treasure within—a testament to the enduring allure of pearls and the age-old tradition of pearl diving.


The visit to Bahrain's historic Pearling Path Trail which is located in the Muharraq island closer to Manama offered Shiyamali a glimpse into the island's millennia-old pearling heritage. From the bustling streets of Souq Al Muharraq to the revered pearl merchants of the region, every step along the trail resonated with the echoes of centuries past, enriching their understanding of Bahrain's integral role in the global pearl market.

Finally, she was able to meet prominent long-standing pearl merchants in the regions who have legacy from many generations and are still popular among modern-day customers. There lies a wealth of pearl secret tradings and knowledge and their close connection with Arabian Gulf regions and extending towards the Indian subcontinent.

At Al Fateh Grand Mosque

At Manama Souq Bahrain

For Shiyamali Paranirupasingam, the Bahrain Pearl Experience Project was more than just an educational endeavor—it was a journey of self-discovery, cultural immersion, and profound appreciation for the natural wonders of the world. As she returns from this transformative odyssey, her passion for pearls burns brighter than ever, driving her to continue unraveling nature's mysteries and sharing their timeless beauty with the world.