Mystique of the Pearl. 1996. 55 mins. © Screen Australia

Few fashion trends have endured like pearls. For centuries, humans puzzled over the mystery of how one of nature’s most lowly creatures, the oyster, could produce perhaps the most beautiful and perfect of nature’s creations. Mystique of the Pearl reveals how these lustrous, sensual gems are produced in a mysterious collusion between man and nature and tells the intriguing story of how the oyster’s secret was discovered.

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