Many technological advances have emerged in the world of pearl harvesting now that the Chinese are providing some serious competition to Japan. Greater care is taken during every pearl harvest than ever before, because creating that highest quality pearl is what everyone is looking for. Therefore, many things are taken into consideration when harvesting. Things such as water temperature are monitored extensively. The amount of plankton in the water is also monitored, along with the overall health of their oysters. After the pearls are harvested, cleaning and polishing techniques are being used including soaking specific pearls in chemical solutions and ultra violet light as per the freshwater methods of harvesting. These are becoming more apparent as well as more important. Technology is a large part of pearl farming, and harvesting. And it will become more and more important in the years to come when harvesting for the pearl jewelry industry.