To Choose Various Kind of Pearls at Sekarbela Village
Lombok Island has been famous world wide as one of the best pearl producers. Its position as producer has been perfected with the existence of many pearl handicraft centers. One of them is Sekarbela village. Sekarbela is actually a name of one of administrative environments in Ampenan sub district, in Mataram city. There, many jewelry craftsmen of pearl, gold and silver are live. With their skilful hand, they turn pearl which are brought in from Sekotong sub district into beautiful jewelry in a very short time. They have done this profession for generations.
In this Sekarbela village, there are also many jewelry stores which display various kinds of shiny pearls. You will be guaranteed to be satisfied if you shop for pearls here. You can find raw pearl, but also many in the form of jewelry with gold and silver material. Here, you will find bracelet, necklace and earring. If you wish for jewelry, with sapphire or amethyst, you could also find it here. Besides, you could also visit Mataram Craft Centre (MMC) in Ahmad Dahlan Street, Pagesangan for the same purpose.
The price of pearl in Sekarbela village is vary, depends on the type and weight. There are two kinds of pearl available here, sea and fresh water pearl. The shape of sea pearl is oval, heat resistance, has color of white, gold, black, and silver. While fresh water pearl is round, and has color of blue, pink, white, yellow and orange. The color variation of the fresh water pearl is many because it can be injected. This pearl can be burnt, but not melt.
Sea pearl has more expensive price compared to the fresh water one. You can buy sea pearl for IDR 100,000-500,000/gram. While for fresh water one, you only need to pay IDR 15,000/grain.
If you want a more special one, you could order pearl jewelry with your own design. For jewelry with simple motif, you need to wait for 3 days. While for the more complicated one, you need to be more patience because this kind of jewelry needs 1 week to be done.
Beside sightseeing and shopping, you could also see the making process of the jewelry. One of stores that will accept you is Mutiara Lombok store in Sultan Kaharuddin Street, Mataram. In this workshop, you could see how a pearl is combined with gold, silver and other metals. The making process still done traditionally, but still, it creates a very beautiful product which is competitive to those who made modernly.
Sekarbela village can be easily reached since it is in Mataram Lombok area. You can get to it in 30 minutes by personal car or motorbike from Mataram city. The route will be Mataram-Pagesangan-Sekarbela. There is no public transportation which passes Sekarbela. If you want to use public transportation, you can take cidomo (Lombok special transportation means, using horse) with route Mataram-Pagesangan with cost IDR 2,000/person, and continued with cidomo with route Pagesangan-Sekarbela with the same cost.
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- Don’t rush if you want to buy. There are many kinds of jewelry here.
- Don’t hesitate to ask the difference between real and fake pearl, and how to recognize them.
- Don’t hesitate to bargain if you decided to buy.
Additional Information and Map
- Location: Ampenan sub district, Mataram city
- Public Facilities: parking area, public toilet
- Other Services: Opens : Mataram Craft Centre (MMC) at 08.30-18.00 WITA Mutiara Lombok store at 09.00-19.00 WITA
- Nearest Hotel or Resort: Grand Legi hotel, Griya Asri Hotel, Giri Hotel Lombok