Joia Rara

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Precious Pearl
Joia Rara.jpg
Genre Telenovela
Created by Duca Rachid
Thelma Guedes
Directed by Amora Mautner
Starring Bruno Gagliasso
Bianca Bin
Carmo Dalla Vecchia
Mel Maia
José de Abreu
Carolina Dieckmann
Domingos Montagner
Nathália Dill
see more
Opening theme Joia Rara by Gilberto Gil
Country of origin Brazil
Original language(s) Portuguese
No. of episodes 173
Production location(s) Brazil
Running time 50 minutes
Original network Rede Globo
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Original release 16 September 2013 (2013-09-16) – 4 April 2014 (2014-04-04)
Preceded by Flor do Caribe
Followed by Meu Pedacinho de Chão
External links
[ Website]

Joia Rara (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒɔj.jɐ ˈʁaɾɐ], English: officially Precious Pearl; literally Rare Jewel, figuratively Unique Grace) is a Brazilian telenovela produced and broadcast by Rede Globo originally ran from 16 September 2013 to 4 April 2014.

In November 2014, Joia Rara was prized as Best telenovela in the 42nd International Emmy Awards.


In 1934, two supposed brothers survived an avalanche in the Himalayas: the millionaire Franz Hauser (Bruno Gagliasso), who is saved by Buddhist monks, and Manfred (Carmo Dalla Vecchia), rescued by a team of climbers. Manfred returns to Brazil with a terrible secret: he sabotaged Franz’s equipment in order to take his place in the family business. After an exhaustive search, Ernest Hauser gives his son up for dead and appoints his bastard son as the director of the Hauser Group.

In the monastery, Franz becomes close friends with the spiritual leader Ananda (Nelson Xavier) and before his return home, the monk promises him that they will meet again in the future. The Franz family is thrilled with his return but Manfred, with his plans thwarted, begins scheming again to eliminate Franz once and for all.

Through a twist of fate, Franz meets the worker Amélia (Bianca Bin). The two fall in love and, despite family opposition and Manfred's schemes, they stay together and have a daughter, Pearl (Mel Maia). Framed in a plot, Amélia is sentenced to jail and so, the child ends up in the custody of her paternal family.

With the death of the monk Ananda, his disciples set out to look for the person who they believe is to be his reincarnation. All signs point to Pearl, and upon receiving the news, she is eager to begin her studies at the monastery. It is she who will solve the issues that have been preventing her parents' union.[1]


For the Himalayan scenes, the Precious Pearl crew spent 20 days in Nepal shooting in the cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. They also shot in Bungamati, which is a 16th-century village, as well as at the Golden Temple, and at the Shechen Monastery. The production crew used around 60 local extras. Many objects were acquired in Nepal, particularly incense stick holders, bed linens, prayer objects and wooden bowls used by monks, were used for the telenovela set design, at Globo's studios in Rio de Janeiro (Projac).

The 1930s and 1940s were recreated at Globo's production center to allow audiences to dive into the atmosphere of Precious Pearl. Two scenic cities were created, adding up to a total of 8,000 square meters, in addition to approximately 60 studio scenarios. In the Lapa set, a cable car strolls through a 70-meter long rail, built exclusively for the telenovela.[2]


Actor/Actress Character
Bruno Gagliasso Franz Hauser[3]
Bianca Bin Amélia Fonseca Hauser[3]
José de Abreu Ernest Hauser[3]
Carolina Dieckmann Iolanda López Fonseca[3]
Domingos Montagner Mundo (Raimundo Fonseca)[3]
Mel Maia Perola Fonseca Hauser
Carmo Dalla Vecchia Manfred Ducke López
Nathalia Dill Silvia Zampari Hauser[3]
Rafael Cardoso Viktor Hauser[3]
Luiza Valdetaro Hilda Hauser Baldo
Thiago Lacerda Toni (Antônio Baldo)[3]
Ana Cecília Costa Gaia Petra[3]
Nelson Xavier Ananda Rinpoche
Caio Blat Sonan Gyatso[3]
Ângelo Antônio Tenpa Ningpo[3]
Ana Lúcia Torre Frau Gertrude[3]
Reginaldo Faria Venceslau López[3]
Letícia Spiller Lola Gardel[3]
Ricardo Pereira Fabrício[3]
Mariana Ximenes Aurora Lincoln Hérnandez
Leandro Lima Davi Hérnandez
Miguel Rômulo Décio Passos[3]
Leopoldo Pacheco Valter Passos[3]
Claudia Ohana Laura Passos[3]
Xande Valois Otávio Passos (Tavinho) / Giuseppe Baldo[3]
Tania Khalill Dália Hérnandez[3]
Marcelo Médici Joel
Marcos Caruso Arlindo Pacheco Leão[3]
Rosi Campos Miquelina Pacheco Leão[3]
Nicette Bruno Santinha[3]
Luiz Gustavo Apolônio Fonseca[3]
Tiago Abravanel Odilon Mascarenhas
Fabiula Nascimento Matilde Meyer Gyatso
Simone Gutierrez Serena Fox Pacheco Leão
Paula Burlamaqui Volpina Soytena López
Luana Martau Creotina (Cléo)
Cacau Protásio Lindinha[3]
Juliana Lohmann Belmira Pacheco Leão Mascarenhas
Pedro Neschling Arlindo Pacheco Leão Filho (Arlindinho)[3]
Norma Blum Mama Francesca (Francesca Baldo)
Cristiane Amorim Josefine Fonseca (Zefinha)
Cláudia Missura Dona Conceição[3]
Anthero Montenegro Benito Duarte[3]
Sílvia Salgado Pilar Duarte[3]
Giovanna Ewbank Cristina[3]
Aninha Lima Zilda[3]
Ícaro Silva Artur[3]
Guta Ruiz Elisa[3]
Jorge Maya Cícero[3]
Adriano Bolshi Rigpa[3]
Marcos Damigo Dr. Rubens[3]
Fábio Yoshihara Jampa Yonten[3]
Karine Carvalho Rosa[3]
Land Vieira Isaías[3]
Maria Gal Margarida[3]
Adélio Lima Josias[3]
Michel Gomes Curió[3]
Glicério do Rosário Etelvino[3]
Renato Góes Nuno[3]
Adriano Alves Norbu
João Fernandes Peteleco Hauser Baldo
Bia Guedes Julieta[3]
Alexandre Rodrigues Josué
Joelson Gusson Laerte
Glória Menezes Pérola Fonseca Hauser (Idosa)
Sacha Bali Eurico Passos[3]
Suely Franco Maria do Rosário Pacheco Leão (Rosarinho)
Rhaisa Batista Teresa
Vicentini Gomez Delegado Cavalcante
Armando Babaioff Aderbal Feitosa
Mouhamed Harfouch Alessandro Marson
Stella Maria Rodrigues Marlene
Max Lima Caetano
Dja Martins Bibiana
José Araújo Eufrásio
Nicola Lamas Bauducco
Nicole Gomes Pérola Fonseca Hauser (20 years)
João Vithor Oliveira Ernest Hauser (young)
Daniel Blanco Irmão de Gertrude
Élcio Romar Salvador Soares da Costa
Juliana Araújo Marta da Costa
Paulo Verlings Kléber
Rita Porto Idalina
Mariana Mac Niven Catarina Hauser
Isio Ghelman Heitor Zampari
Kaik Brum Sonan Gyatso (child)
Marcelo Aquino Peçanha
Mabel Cezar Elvira
Vilma Melo Fátima
Gillray Coutinho Batista
Márcio Ehrlich Dr. Moacir
Gustavo Trestini Dr. Silveira


In Brazil, the telenovela had average ratings of 21 points and 46% share, reaching over 26 million viewers per day.[4] The telenovela's official hashtag, #joiarara, was mentioned 80,000 times, which corresponds to 58% of the total volume of simultaneous online comments. Aired in Portugal, in the Globo basic channel, the plot is daily ranked among the 5 most watched paid TV shows in the country.[5]

Timeslot No. of episodes Premiered Ended Position Season Average rating
Date Premiere
Date Finale
18:20 (BRT)
16 September 2013
4 April 2014
23 #1 2014 – 2015


International broadcast[edit]

Country Channel Title Premiere End Weekly Schedule Hour
Rede Globo Joia Rara 16 September 2013 4 April 2014 Monday to Saturday 18:25
São Tomé and Príncipe
TVS 23 September 2013 11 April 2014
Globo Portugal 15 September 2014 18 January 2015 Monday to Sunday 20:00
Teledoce Preciosa Perla 26 January 2015 present Monday to Friday 19:00
South Korea
Telenovela 소중한 진주 April 2015
HRT 1 Dragocjeni biser 7 September 2015 11 February 2016 Monday to Friday 12:25

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013 Melhores do Ano NaTelinha Best Actress Mel Maia Nominated
Best Telenovela Duca Rachid and Thelma Guedes Nominated
Retrospectiva UOL Actress Revelation Mel Maia Nominated
Best Telenovela Duca Rachid and Thelma Guedes Nominated
Best Actor Bruno Gagliasso Nominated
José de Abreu Nominated
Best Villain José de Abreu Nominated
Best Romantic Couple Domingos Montagner and Carolina Dieckmann Nominated
Bruno Gagliasso and Bianca Bin Nominated
Prêmio Noveleiros Revelation Leandro Lima Nominated
Best Mirim Actor Mel Maia Nominated
Revenge/Flame of the Year Nathalia Dill Nominated
Mush of the Year Bruno Gagliasso Nominated
Best Couple Award Bruno Gagliasso and Bianca Bin Nominated
Villain of the Year José de Abreu Nominated
Prêmio Quem de Televisão Melhor Ator Domingos Montagner Nominated
Best Actress Bianca Bin Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Carmo Dalla Vecchia Nominated
José de Abreu Nominated
Tiago Abravanel Nominated
Best Author Duca Rachid and Thelma Guedes Nominated
Melhores do Ano Best Actor Bruno Gagliasso Nominated
Best Actor/Actress Mel Maia Nominated
2014 Troféu Internet Melhor Novela Duca Rachid and Thelma Guedes Nominated
Revelation Tiago Abravanel Nominated
Prêmio Contigo! de TV Telenovela of the Year Duca Rachid and Thelma Guedes Nominated
Best Telenovela Actor Bruno Gagliasso Nominated
Best Child Actress Mel Maia Won
Best Telenovela Director Amora Mautner and Ricardo Waddington Nominated
Prêmio Extra de Televisão Best Telenovela Duca Rachid and Thelma Guedes Nominated
Best Actor/Actress Mel Maia Won
Best Costume Design Joia Rara Nominated
Best Makeup Joia Rara Nominated
Emmy Internacional[6][7][8][9][10][11] Best Telenovela Duca Rachid and Thelma Guedes Won


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
  2. ^ "Winner of the International Emmy Awards® for best Telenovela, 'Precious Pearl' is one of the stars of Globo's 2015 catalog". Globo TV International.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at "Joia Rara > Personagens". Gshow. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Com 22 pontos no Ibope, final de "Joia Rara" se equipara a "Flor do Caribe"". Uol.
  5. ^ "Brasileira Joia rara bate a telenovela portuguesa Belmonte nos Emmy" (in Portuguese). Público (Portugal).
  6. ^ Redação (13 October 2014). "Globo tem três indicações ao Emmy; Joia Rara concorre a melhor novela". UOL (in Portuguese). Notícias da TV. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  7. ^ UOL SP (13 October 2014). ""Joia Rara" e "A Mulher do Prefeito" são indicadas ao Emmy Internacional" (in Portuguese). UOL Televisão. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  8. ^ Patrícia Kogut (13 October 2014). "Globo tem três produções finalistas do Emmy Internacional" (in Portuguese). O Globo. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Globo tem 3 indicações ao Emmy Internacional; 'Joia Rara' disputa melhor novela" (in Portuguese). F5 – televisão. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Globo leva Emmy de melhor novela pela quarta vez com Joia Rara". UOL (in Portuguese). Notícias da TV. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  11. ^ "'Joia rara' recebe prêmio de melhor novela na 42ª edição do Emmy Internacional" (in Portuguese). Extra. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2015.

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